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ELSA (The European Law Students’ Association) is an international, independent, non-political and non-profit organization. It was set up to meet young law students at events that allow them to personally develop, self-realize and gain new experience 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 space to acquire new skills and improve existing ones. It is a unique grouping created for interaction between students, educators and practitioners in the field of law and law in related fields – all over Europe!

ELSA was founded in 1981 by students from Hungary, Germany, Poland and Austria. Its membership is growing and today, with nearly 375 faculties in 44 countries, ELSA, bringing together about 50,000 students and young lawyers across Europe, 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 the 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 respecting human dignity and cultural diversity.


Contribute to legal education, improve mutual understanding and promote 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.””Encourage law students and young lawyers to act for the good of society.”