The IAEL was officially founded in 1977 at MIDEM, Cannes. However, for three years prior to that the lawyers who were to become the Association’s founding members had been holding informal seminars and discussion groups for MIDEM participants interested in the legal aspects of the entertainment industry. Over the past 40 years, the IAEL has come to fulfil a unique role for lawyers involved in the industry throughout the world. It has expanded enormously in terms of both the numbers of its members and the scope of its activities. Nonetheless, continuity of membership (some of the founding members of the Association are still actively involved with the IAEL) combined with the energy of its officers, past and present, mean that the Association’s style remains distinctly personal.

 IAEL members have areas of expertise that cover nearly all aspects of entertainment law. If you are a lawyer or executive working in the entertainment industries, you may wish to find out about joining the Association or merely to contact us via Duncan Calow at