ELSA (The European Law Students’ Association) is an international, independent, non-political, non-profit-making organisation run by and for students. It is comprised of students and recent graduates who are interested in academic and personal excellence. ELSA offers law students a perfect platform to develop their existing skills, acquire new skills and meet fellow students and legal professionals throughout the Europe.
Law students from Austria, Hungary, Poland and West Germany founded ELSA in 1981. ELSA is today the world’s largest independent law students association and it is represented in more than 220 law faculties in 36 countries across Europe with membership in excess of 30 000 students and young lawyers.
* Our Philosophy
* Our Network
* Our Special Status
* Our Patrons
A just world in which there is respect for human dignity and cultural diversity.
To contribute to legal education, to foster mutual understanding and to promote social responsibility of law students and young lawyers.
* Providing opportunities for law students and young lawyers to learn about other cultures and legal systems in a spirit of critical dialogue and scientific co-operation.
* Assisting law students and young lawyers to be internationally minded and professionally skilled.
* Encouraging law students and young lawyers to act for the good of society.
ELSA is a unique and growing network of close to 30 000 young people from more than 200 universities in 36 countries across Europe. ELSA currently has members and observers in: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.
Furthermore, ELSA co-operates with other student organisations across the world, for instance ILSA in North America, ALSA in Japan, ALSA in Australia, ALSA in South Africa and AEJCI in Ivory Coast.
Our Special Status
ELSA has through its activities and commitment within the international community gained a special status with several international institutions.
ELSA has gained consultative status with several United Nations bodies; in 1997 ELSA obtained Special Consultative Status with UN ECOSOC (United Nations Economic and Social Council) and Consultative Status with UNCITRAL (UN Commission on International Trade Law), in 1994 ELSA was granted Consultative Status in Category C in UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation). Furthermore, in 2000 ELSA was granted consultative status (recently called Participatory Status) with the Council of Europe. In addition, ELSA has a co-operation agreement with UNHCR (UN High Commissioner for Refugees). In October 2005 ELSA has obtained Observer Status with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
The Right Honourable Lord Slynn of Hadley †
Law Lord at the House of Lords of the United Kingdom, London. Former judge and Advocate General of the European Court of Justice.
Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni
Professor of Law, De Paul University, president of the International Association of Penal Law and president of the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences.
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