In many countries lawyers are working on aspects of environmental law and sustainable development, often as part of environmental initiatives and organisations or as legislators. However, they generally have limited contact with other lawyers abroad, in spite of the fact that such contact and communication is vital for the successful and effective implementation of environmental law.
Therefore, a group of lawyers from various countries decided to initiate the Environmental Law Network International (elni) in 1990 to promote international communication and cooperation worldwide. Since then, elni has grown to a network of about 450 individuals and organisations from all over the world.
Since 2005 elni is a registered non-profit association under German Law.
elni coordinates a number of different activities in order to facilitate the communication and connections of those interested in environmental law around the world.
elni publishes the elni Review.