ELSA (The European Law Students’ Association) is an international, independent, non-political and non-profit organization. It was created for young law students to meet at events that allow them to personally develop, to self-realize and to gain new experiences in the field of law. ELSA consists of law students and young lawyers from all over Europe who are interested in academic and personal growth.
ELSA offers law students an exceptional opportunity and the space to acquire new skills and improve existing ones. It is a unique group created for interaction between students, educators and practitioners in the field of law and in related fields of law – all over Europe!
ELSA was founded in 1981 by students from Hungary, Germany, Poland and Austria. The number of its members is growing and today, with nearly 375 faculties in 44 countries, ELSA, brings together about 50,000 students and young lawyers across Europe. It is the largest independent association of law students in the world!
ELSA currently has members and observers in Albania, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Croatia, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Cyprus, Lithuania , Latvia, Hungary, Macedonia, Malta, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Romania, Russia, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the UK.
In Czech Republic, ELSA operates at the law schools in Brno, Olomouc, Pilsen and Prague.
ELSA also works with other student organizations in North America, ALSA in Japan, ALSA in Australia, ALSA in South Africa, and AEJCI in Côte d’Ivoire.
“A just world in which there is respect for human dignity and cultural diversity”
“Contributing to legal education, improving mutual understanding and promoting the social responsibility of law students and young lawyers.”
“To give law students and young lawyers the opportunity to experience other cultures and legal systems in a spirit of critical dialogue and scientific cooperation.”
“Helping law students and young lawyers gain international insight and professional abilities.”
“Encouraging law students and young lawyers to act for the good of society.”