EACLALS was the first regional branch of ACLALS, the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, to be founded in 1971.
Its purpose is to promote Commonwealth and post-colonial studies in Europe, as well as international exchanges between academics, students and writers from the anglophone post-colonial world.
The organisation sends out an electronic newsletter to its members two or three times a year, and also allows them to subscribe to selected journals at reduced rates.
Moreover, EACLALS organises a conference every three years in a different European venue. The last event took place in Istanbul from 26 to 30 April 2011, and was attended by more than 300 writers and academics from all over the world.