Members & Associate Partners

The European Prison Litigation Network is a network of non governmental organisations active in the defense of prisoners’ rights.

It currently federates 25 national NGOs and bar associations from 18 Council of Europe member states (14 EU countries, 3 countries from the Eastern and South-Eastern European Partnership and UK) which are recognized by civil society, public authorities and European bodies as the main actors in the defense of the fundamental rights of detainees in their countries.

Individuals and legal entities may join the network as full Members or Associate Partners. The status of full Member is open to individuals and national NGOs and gives voting right at the general assembly, whereas Associate Partners have the opportunity to get involved in ad-hoc activities depending on their topic of interest through participation in certain activities or as advisers.

The network has also conducted projects with various European universities and research centres: SAGE, University de Strasbourg/CNRS (France), University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne – Unit Research on Comparative Law (France), CESDIP, CNRS/French ministry of Justice/Université UVSQ (France), University of Florence, CRID&P, Université catholique de Louvain – (Belgium), University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Dortmund (Germany), IRCP, University of Ghent (Belgium), University of Utrecht, Montaigne Center for Judicial Administration and Conflict Resolution, (Netherlands), Pontifical University of Comillas (Spain), University Complutense Madrid (Spain) and regularly collaborates with national bars (in particular the Spanish, Belgian and French bars) and with the CCBE.

How to become member or partner of the network

Full Membership is open to any non-profit non-governmental organization, represented by one individual, or any individual interested in and committed to the mission and values of the association.

Partnership is open to any legal entity, whether an association, research centre, university, or any other non-profit private or public entity pursuing goals similar or matching with those of the EPLN.

If you are interested and wish submit an application for membership or partnerhip to EPLN please contact :