Today, the European Law Institute (ELI) announced that ELI membership has voted approved ALI-ELI Principles for a Data Economy: Data Rights and Transactions, marking the completion of the first joint project between ALI and ELI. ALI membership voted to approve this project at its Annual Meeting, held in May 2021.

Excerpted from the ELI press release:

The Principles (Final Council Draft available for free download here), which have already influenced discussions internationally (including work done by the European Commission, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the German Data Ethics Commission and the Data Governance Working Group of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), among others), are intended for use in various legal systems, irrespective of the otherwise applicable legal framework and beyond the traditional divide between civil and common law.

The ELI is holding a two-day conference on this project on October 18 and 19. The virtual conference will include panel discussions presenting each Part of the Principles. To learn more about the agenda, speakers, and to register, visit

ALI would like to thank project Reporters Christiane C. Wendehorst and Neil B. Cohen, project Co-Chairs Lord John Thomas and Steven O. Weise, and all project participants for their tireless efforts in producing this much-needed work.


Pauline Toboulidis

The American Law Institute


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