EWLA is concerned with the co-operation of women lawyers from all member states of the European Union. Its intermediate aim is to bundle up their specific expertise in monitoring law and politics seen from the angle of gender. Long-term target is to build up a women lawyers association acting on the European level as a pressure-group to enhance equality by means of law, as for instance by giving expert opinions to and by lobbying political institutions, by proposing and even outlining drafts for European directives, by bringing test cases to the European Court of Justice, by informing and empowering women to claim their rights, by campaigning etc.
Target groups are women lawyers and women lawyers organizations whose major concern is to enhance equal opportunities by means of law.
EWLA is a non-profit making international non-governmental organization having philanthropic, scientific and pedagogical aims.
The aims of EWLA are: - to improve the understanding of European legislation in relation to equality, with particular reference to women, and its effects; - to bring together women lawyers across the European Union, e.g. by the closest possible contacts with bars, law societies, associations of women lawyers, faculties and schools of legal education and research, both on a national and international level and with European or other public authorities; - to undertake studies, research and conferences of European women lawyers also with organizations and institutions inside and outside of Europe with view to achieving equality of rights and opportunities; - to strengthen links between EU women lawyers and to encourage meetings, cooperation and unterstanding between women lawyers. - Women’s interests in the institutions of the European Union in all women’s issues in general and in the legal field in particular are represented and defended without prejudice to the scientific and pedagogical principal character of EWLA.