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ELSA Interntional Board 2007-2008
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Annual Report 2007-2008
The European Law Students’ Association, ELSA, is an international, indepen- This Annual Report is produced by ELSA Inter-
dent, non-political and non-proﬁt-making organisation comprised and run by national in Brussels, Belgium. The articles are
and for law students and young lawyers. Founded in 1981 by law students from contributions by the members of the Internati-
Austria, Hungary, Poland and West Germany, ELSA is today the world’s largest onal Team, comprising the International Board
independent law students’ association. and Directors. Furthermore the closest externals
with which the International Board 2007-2008
have cooperated have made a contribution of
Our Philosophy their experience of working with ELSA.
Vision A just world in which there is respect for human dignity and cultural diversi-
Purpose To contribute to legal education, to foster mutual understanding and to pro- The Annual Report is published every year at
mote social responsibility of law students and young lawyers. the end of the term in office of each Internati-
Means To provide opportunities for law students and young lawyers to learn about
other cultures and legal systems in a spirit of critical dialogue and scientiﬁc Editor
co-operation. To assist law students and young lawyers to be internationally Lavinia Micallef
minded and professionally skilled. To encourage law students and young
lawyers to act for the good of society.
239, Boulevard Général Jacques
ELSA is a unique and growing Network of almost 30 000 law students and young B-1050 Brussels
lawyers from more than 220 universities in 35 countries across Europe. ELSA current- Belgium
ly has members and observers in: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech
Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Phone: +32 2 646 26 26
Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Fax: + 32 2 646 29 23
Poland, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak
Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine. Furthermore,
LSA co-operates with other student organisations across the world, for instance ILSA
in North America, COLADIC in South America, ALSA in Japan, ALSA in Australia, ELSA International’s Corporate Partners
ALSA in South Africa and AEJCI in Ivory Coast.
ELSA’s members are internationally minded individuals who have experiences with for-
eign legal systems and practices. Through our activities such as Seminars & Conferen-
ces, Academic Activities and the Student Trainee Exchange Programme our members
acquire a broader cultural understanding and legal expertise.
Our Special Status
ELSA has through its activities and commitment within the international community ELSA International’s Human Rights Partner
gained a special status with several international institutions. ELSA has Participatory
Status with the Council of Europe. Furthermore, ELSA has Consultative Status with
several United Nations bodies; in 1997 ELSA obtained Special Consultative Status with
UN ECOSOC, UNCITRAL. ELSA has also recently obtained Observatory Status with
WIPO. In addition, ELSA has a co-operation agreement with UNHCR and co-opera-
tes with ICRC and all the European Institutions.
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The Council of Europe 6
Foreword Content5 - the new Chord9 ? 8
Living and working in the same house Understanding ELSA 9
There is more to it than meets the eye! 10
The Guide to Legal Studies in Europe 11
Strategic Goals 2008-2013 13
Strategic Planning for the ELSA Network - Goals 2013 13
A Selection of Events Organised Throughout the ELSA Network 14
The International Focus Programme on Intellectual Property Law 15
Human Rights Partner A STEP into the right direction 16
Council of Europe
Join Us and Be More International ! 17
ELSA Moot Court Competition 18
I SecGens‘ International Meeting 19
Financial Managment 20
FOR in Geneva The ELSA Development Fund after the Lisbon amendments 20
Final Accounts 22
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The ELSA House
Living and Working
in the Same House.
The seven Board members of ELSA International are living in the ELSA House in Brussels – in our case they came from 6
different countries, with their own cultural background and personal experiences.
Matthias We all met in the beginning of July and started ﬁnd a way of living and working together and not only next to each
Stauffacher, our year by sharing the biggest room for the ﬁrst other. This requires a huge effort of every Board member. Interna-
President, month. Moving to our own personal room in tional Board members learn to work under most circumstances and
the beginning of August was for all of us relie- with people from all over Europe, since this is the main challenge of
ving and marked the start of our term in office. the year. All these difficulties might not create the most efficient team
This was the beginning of a long and intense year, where we lived, work, but it creates greater sensibility among the Board members for
worked, talked, discussed, fought and partied in the very special env- different cultures, fosters mutual understanding and not to forget,
ironment of Boulevard Général Jacques 239. The ELSA House has friendship. Core values of our organisation, ELSA. Many conﬂicts
its address at this busy street. were fought during this year, not only about projects for the network,
but also on cleaning the kitchen and taking care of the rest of the
Two private rooms and our meeting room have their windows to this House, and I think every board member has grown with these con-
street and some Board members were happy to have this noisy street
as a natural morning alarm. On the other side of the House is the
quiet and wonderful big garden. Here we had great BBQ’s whenever
the weather allowed it, and it was for many of us the place to relax,
eat or just enjoy the sun. The garden requires a lot of work and so-
metimes it’s hard to avoid bad weeds taking over nice lawn. Neither
did we manage to get even close to the level of the fairy-tale garden
of our neighbors. Still, the garden of our House was probably the
place where we had the most inspiring discussions and where many
“ELSA ideas and legends” were born. We also had our ﬁrst team ex-
perience in this garden. We put a sequence of an Al Pacino movie on
stage, to introduce our Board to the members attending the ELSA
House Training week and the other guests attending our traditional
ﬂicts. We will all leave this House with unforgettable memories, posi-
Working in the board of ELSA International means working in a tive and negative ones, and soon there will be a new team working in
truly international environment. Understanding each other is the is- the House, arguing and trying to do their best for ELSA.
sue, most of the time. Mostly this is not a problem of language, but
a problem of various backgrounds, age, work experience as well as
personal characters. Constantly we were forced to ﬁnd compromises,
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The Council of Europe
Report on the Cooperation between the
Council of Europe and ELSA.
Following a year of fruitful working contacts with a number of national sections of ELSA, the Public Relations Division of
the Council of Europe signed a special partnership agreement with ELSA International on 31 March 2008. This agreement
is now recognised as a ‘Human Rights Partnership’ and, in concrete terms, the Public Relations Division gives an annual grant
to ELSA of 6 000 € to support the editorial content and distribution of the association’s magazine ‘Synergy’.
The basis of this cooperation is based on the The partnership implies the use of communication channels the
Directorate of Com-
munication principle that the association, with its pan-Euro- association has developed, i.e. the website (www.elsa.org) and the
pean scope - a membership of 30,000 law stu-
Council of Europe, bi-annual magazine ‘Synergy’. The Council of Europe has two dou-
ELSA Russia dents and young lawyers within 220 universities ble-page spreads per issue of the magazine to feature news from
in 35 countries - and similar goals - commitment the organisation that is relevant for legal professionals. We intend to
to human rights, fostering of mutual understanding, promotion of supply the magazine’s editor with in-depth quality articles written by
social responsibility and contribution to legal education - is a natu- the Organisation’s officials and international experts.
ral partner of our organisation with which
ELSA has held Participatory Status since Some 500 additional copies of ‘Synergy’
2008. ELSA is a Natural Partner are now distributed through international
networks developed by the Public Relations
The association’s motto ‘A just world in for our Organisation! Division, including the continent’s most in-
which there is respect for human dignity ﬂuential political, judicial and human rights
and cultural diversity’ clearly highlights its leaders, inter alia, Ministries of Foreign Af-
involvement in the protection of human rights and could in fact fairs, Ministries of Justice, National Parliaments, Ombudsmen and
have been that of the Council of Europe. Human Rights Institutes, National Bar Associations, selected media,
as well as the Council of Europe’s authorities, experts and Informa-
The Public Relations Division now considers ELSA a key partner in tion Offices in member states.
promoting the Council of Europe’s legal and human rights activities
within the legal community and, more broadly, amongst a more ge- Three articles have been published to date. The second issue of the
neral audience Europe-wide. 2007 edition contained a pilot article by Mr Andreas Siegel - the Di-
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rector of Strategic Planiﬁcation – entitled ‘The Council of Europe:
a chain of progress through standards, monitoring and assistance’.
The article was an edited version of the Council of Europe’s contri-
bution to the 2nd OECD World Summit on ‘Statistics, Knowledge
and Policy’ (Istanbul, 27-30 June 2007).
In early July, the Directorate of Communication will meet the
outgoing and incoming ELSA board members to the Council of
Europe’s headquarters to evaluate the current partnership program-
me and to explore new co-operation opportunities. We intend to in-
tensify our partnership and to explore ways to involve the association
in the Organisation’s work.
The ﬁrst issue of the 2008 edition featured two articles related to the Enjoying participatory status with the Council of Europe enables
organisation’s activities. The ﬁrst examined ‘The FACE of Human ELSA to cooperate in the civil society sector, establishing closer co-
Rights at the Istanbul ﬁlm Festival’, and the second article was devo- operation with the Organisation’s NGOs groupings according to its
ted to the ‘Tenth anniversary celebrations of the European Court of expertise. Given that the association has sections in most European
Human Rights’ and written by John Darcy, a lawyer from the ECHR. countries, it can be involved in the civil society programmes at the
This issue also contained a foreword by Terry Davis - the Secretary national level.
General of the Council of Europe – welcoming the new partner-
ship. Furthermore, the Public Relations Division is planning to provide
the association with speakers to address its academic events and con-
The Public Relations Division has identiﬁed a number of other im- ferences where they are related to the Council of Europe’s activities.
portant events to be promoted via the Association’s network and in
forthcoming editions of ‘Synergy’, and the choice will be discussed We would very much like to thank the members of the outgoing
together. board of ELSA, and in particular, its Vice-President Marketing - Ms
Lavinia Micallef- for the mutually beneﬁcial and pleasant cooperati-
We are also associated with ELSA events organised at the natio- on during this year and we take this opportunity to wish them all the
nal and international levels such as International Council Meetings best in their future careers
(ICM). A Council of Europe’s official addressed the ICM held in
Lisbon on 1 April 2008, presenting the organisation’s work in the
legal and human rights ﬁelds and looking at ways to further coopera-
tion between ELSA and Council of Europe.
We have been providing ELSA national sections and ELSA Interna-
tional with multiple copies of general and specialised CoE informa-
tion materials as well as with paid publications, and intend to develop
this in the future.
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Content5 – the new Cord9?
No, deﬁnitely not! And we will prove this in the months to come…
Here is some brief information about Content5 and the new ELSA webpage…
Let’s start from scratch: Content5 AG was foun- gy magazine as well as detailed customer requirement speciﬁcations
ded in Munich, Germany, by Markus Hoffmann for ELSA International’s new webpage have been achieved so far.
and Markus Blume in 2002, and merged with
Content5 AG academis PartG run by Daniel Schreyer and Dr. So, what is the status? Thanks to the comprehensive customer re-
Marc Tenbücken in 2005. The idea was to form quirement speciﬁcations for the webpage, we have learned in detail
an information and knowledge service provider at the interface of what our client, ELSA, wants. However, every new Board brings in
politics, business, science and the media. Today, we count a staff of new ideas and a new focus. This is why we are to constantly revise
more than 30 and, moreover, employ about 40 freelance workers on the requirements and – not to forget – to document all these modi-
a regular basis. In addition to our Munich, Germany, headquarters, ﬁcations so as to make sure we all know why and how features have
our offices are located in Berlin, Zurich, Paris, Madrid and Venice. been altered. All this is now about to be programmed and translated
Our focus lies on information and data services, e.g. we provide mar- into the new webpage. So, step by step, ELSA’s new web presence is
ket, company, media studies as well as legal and legislative analyses, coming to life. The entire project – to a large degree – depends on
using publicly accessible sources (the internet, the media, scientiﬁc your input. IT IS IN YOUR HANDS TO DEVELOP – together
literature) as well as specialized data bases. Our subsidiary C5 Solu- with our support – THE NEW ELSA ONLINE PRESENCE
tions AG focuses on the set-up of websites and the programming AND ELSA AS A WHOLE. Content5 with its branches C5Solu-
of databases. tions and C5Communications will be available to assist you.
One of our Directors, Daniel Schreyer, served as Treasurer for What we promise:
ELSA Germany (1998/99) and as President of the local Munich - documentation, documentation, documentation
ELSA Group (1997/98). He got into contact with ELSA Internatio- - cost-efficiency
nal in 2007 after carrying out a sponsorship analysis for ELSA Ger- - an understanding for ELSA´s needs and a readiness to act ac-
many. ELSA, on its part, was looking for a new partner for its online cordingly
presence after cancelling its contract with Cord9. A concept was ela- - a partial sponsorship of the project
borated during a ﬁrst workshop and the principles of the cooperati- - full ﬂexibility: budget planning with the possibility to stop the
on – which in part will also be based on a sponsorship by Content5 cooperation at any point without delays and without any con-
– were deﬁned: thorough documentation, cost efficient services tract fees
and the concept of empowering the ELSA Board Members with a
complete service package instead of outsourcing every single task. We are very much looking forward to developing the new ELSA
Further workshops in Munich and Brussels followed, and – step by with you!
step – our joint project gained momentum. A new corporate identity
(cf. Max Schulte’s article), the printing and the shipping of the Syner-
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Plett, Schulte & Partner
It was Daniel from our close business partner CONTENT5 who called me in late summer 2007 – just at the time
when Munich was all busy (and not yet busy because of the Oktoberfest). He asked me if I would be interested in a
project for an international student organization called ELSA. ELSA? I remembered the name from university. But to
me, a former student of political science, this memory consisted more of a poster somewhere on a blackboard that I had
noticed from the corner of my eye. As for many questions these days, GOOGLE was the solution for me to overcome my
OK. The job was to develop a corporate design impression that the organization is likely to provide positive experi-
Managing Director,for a European student association. “Not un- ences for potential new members or supporters.
Plett, Schulte interesting” was my ﬁrst thought. After all, this
& Partner meant dealing with a bunch of countries with The desired beneﬁt of a corporate design can be as simple as the
utterly different backgrounds and possibilities to effect when you manage to quickly ﬁnd your preferred fashion shop
implement what a new CD requires. only a few metres down the pedestrian precinct by noticing just the
colour of a window decoration.
We have meanwhile completed this job.
But what was it all about? Why do you need stringent guidelines that are to be
Let´s get started.
Developing corporate identities seems to be the most widely recog- On the one hand, a corporate design is not a matter of personal tas-
nized activity of an advertising agency. The common perception is te. It is a marketing tool. It is most important for it to be appropriate
that corporate design focuses on the logo and a few elements around with regard to the marketing activities that it is designed to support.
it. This sounds like a simple challenge and an effort of only a few
minutes. Clip art galleries offer thousands of ready-made emblems. Logos and other items of a corporate design have a job to do. They
So how difficult can it be? provide a point of recognition. They give reference to the style and
status of an organization. They establish a connection with other
In reality, the logo – that we already had – is only one item of a related organizations. They provide guidelines that help to maintain
complex mix of elements that form an organization’s public image the consistency of presentation. On the other hand, a corporate
and its corporate identity which requires the consideration and speci- design is a composition of symbols that identify your organization.
ﬁcation of a lot more. A complete corporate design may include the And every single person that joins the organization should have a
design of brochures, the appearance of buildings, uniforms, vehic- positive approach to all aspects of the membership. So, for an agen-
les, the way letters are written, the naming of the products or any of cy, the most important mission is to understand the established, yet
the many aspects that affect the image of an organization. often invisible identity of an organization.
So what do you need a corporate design for? To cut a long story short, working on your organization’s corporate
design was about:
The graphic elements of a corporate design seek to create a favou-
rable ﬁrst impression of an organization. Their job is to convey the Understanding ELSA.
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There is more to it
than meets the eye!
“two editions of Synergy” the consequences are multiple...
With a European-wide editorial, Synergy is the revenue. This is the result of an ongoing effort throughout the year
members’ magazine of the ELSA network and with a clear marketing concept for Synergy. The investment of Uni-
VP Marketing, as such, being the editor means that articles have versities all around the world in our magazine as a marketing tool is a
to be collected from different corners of the clear indication of its reputation of being a high quality publication
ELSA map in order to fulﬁl the main purpose of published by a professional Association.
this publication. The variety and complexity of the ELSA network is
mirrored with right mix of articles, giving a taste of all that is ELSA
and combining the fun with the academic in the right proportions.
Another facet of the publication is distribution to its audience, and
this year with the new initiative to reach local groups directly it was
a mammoth task to collect over 200 addresses but was also a very
big exercise in communication and deﬁnitely a crucial incentive for
even the most distant local groups to correspond with ELSA Inter-
national. Even to my own surprise Synergy impresses its audience
wherever it is distributed, weather among students and educational
institutions but also among International institutions such as the
Council of Europe. They have committed themselves this year to
support Synergy by article contributions, ﬁnancially, but also by brin- Synergy has been one of the pioneer products dressing the new cor-
ging ELSA’s Magazine to the members and partners of the CoE in porate design for the ﬁrst time in Synergy 43 I/2008. The member’s
a 500-fold amount. Among this audience are the governments of all magazine was one of many ELSA materials that called for an analy-
ELSA member countries included in the 47 Member countries of sis of the image and identity of our organisation.
After the creation of ELSA’s corporate identity, it was adopted and
“Bil ﬂus tibni trieq ﬁl-bahar” is a saying in the language of the Island turned out to have the effect of bringing the network to work to-
where I come from (Malta) and it means: with money, you can even gether in functionalist terms, not to mention the renovated image
build a road in the sea. Publishing Synergy is a less ambitious project and quality in our network!
than building a road in the sea but this also requires money. The
income from Synergy has been increased from 28,594.92 Euros to
41,125.56 Euros which accounts for an increase of around 30% in
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Samples of the New ELSA Corporate Design
The Guide to Legal Studies in
The Guide to Legal Studies in Europe (GLSE) is a publica- a new edition of the GLSE, as the ﬁrst STEP trainee ever
tion in which you can ﬁnd information about countries, cit- working for the International Board in Brussels.
ies, universities and law faculties in Europe. It has not been
published since 2001, due to different problems such as ﬁnd- Astrid Sollie
For three months, she worked intensively to gather informa-
ing an interested publisher for the publication. An increas- tion from law schools and universities all over Europe. The
ing problem was also the time pressure on the International ELSA International result was information from one or several universities from
Board. As a result, the GLSE has not been published the last 40 different countries.
The ELSA Network is an incredibly important resource when gather-
At the beginning of our term in office we signed a contract with Euro- ing information for the GLSE. As good as all the information in the
pean Lawyer, a pan-European publisher. One of the major problems new edition was gathered by ELSA groups around the Network, and
in producing the GLSE was then solved, but the human resources re- I want to take this opportunity to thank all the persons that spent time
mained a question. At this point the biggest project of ELSA Interna- ﬁlling in questionnaires for the GLSE. Thank you and well done!
tional, the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law, was requir- The Guide to Legal Studies in Europe is scheduled to be printed and
ing so much attention from the Vice President Academic Activities distributed in September, and there will be a launch party for the pub-
that there was not much time left for another project. After deliberate lication in mid-September, held by Thompson Westlaw.
discussions the International Board came up with the suggestion to I’m very happy that the GLSE will be published once again and hope
have a STEP trainee working in the ELSA House, employed by ELSA that it will be of great use for students both in Europe and in the rest
International and European Lawyer together. The more we discussed of the world.
it, the more convinced we were, and in the end we sent a call for this
traineeship and waited for applicants. In mid-October, Ms Julia Var- Happy reading!
konyi from Hungary got selected and came to Brussels to work on
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Strategic Goals 2008-2013
Strategic Planning for the ELSA net-
work – Goals for 2013
Vision: A just world in which there is respect for human dignity and cultural diversity.
Purpose: To contribute to legal education, to foster mutual understanding and to promote social responsibility
of law students and young lawyers.
Means: To provide 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.
To assist law students and young lawyers to be internationally minded and professionally skilled.
To encourage law students and young lawyers to act for the good of society.
Stauffacher, For a couple of years long-term planning has sidents were afraid of having boring discussions and no concrete
President, been on the agenda of several internal meetings, outcome – but the work was much more productive than even the
and there was a strong need for the network to most optimistic of the participants would have thought. The pre-
discuss the future of our organisation. During our transition in sum- sidents worked several days on the future goals and the long term
mer 2007 we analysed the current planning system of ELSA Inter- plans of our organisation, with the help of a professional trainer for
national and decided to propose the cancellation of the Two Year long term planning in NGO’s. We discussed the history of ELSA,
Tactical Plan (TYTP). The TYTP was not followed up on, neither by but also today’s reality in the Local and National Groups. ELSA is a
the National nor the Local Groups, and not even by the Internatio- huge organisation and has a long history, and despite all the differen-
nal Board. The goals mentioned in the plan were hard or impossible ces among its members and officers, there is still a strong committe-
to measure and the plan was never based on consensus and sup- ment to the vision and the purpose of ELSA. The purpose as stated
port of the ELSA network. At the Autumn International Council in our statutes was the basis of our work, and to crystallize out the
Meeting (ICM) 2007 in Reggio di Calabria, the council accepted the core of ELSA’s Vision statement we focused on the following terms:
proposal to cancel the TYTP with a great majority. But at the same exchange, practice, legal education, mutual understanding, learning
time, some countries were concerned by not having any long term about other legal systems, and friendship. We all agreed that these
planning on international level. This was the starting point of our terms describe our organisation and should be the focus of our ac-
new strategic plan. tivities. The report written by the presidents by the end of the IPM
mentioned a focus on International academic events, Study visits
The Winter International Presidents’ Meetings (IPM) 2008 in Ma- and STEP as core activities of ELSA: many countries also stressed
vrovo had one item on the agenda: strategic planning. Some Pre- out the importance of Human Rights activities in our network.
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Strategic Goals 2008-2013
Following the IPM, the International Board kept on working on the 1.1 STEP is an International Programme
ﬁrst draft of our strategic planning. At the Spring ICM in Lisbon, 1.2 Online system
we made an introduction in a big Workshop including the presidents 1.2.1 The online system will be working and running at latest
and all key area officers. We explained the ideas expressed at the IPM SPRING ICM 2009
and the beneﬁts that a common plan and common goals can have 1.2.2 All traineeships registered in the online system
for our network. The officers then tried to substantiate the areas that 1.2.3 All STEP applications registered in the online system
were pointed out by the IPM and to formulate concrete goals. After
1.2.4 Accessible for every STEP officers according to their tasks/
a long week and many difficult discussions, we agreed upon the new role
5 year goals for the whole ELSA network. The council accepted the
1.3 Matching process regulated by the online system, under
ﬁnal version with an overwhelming majority. I think this was the big- administration of the STEP officer
gest success of the year 2007/2008 and I wish the ELSA network all
1.4 The number of traineeship increase with at least one train-
the officers best of luck in implementing these ambitious yet realistic eeship in average on a national level per each local group
1.5 Every STEP traineeship shall be evaluated by the trainee
With following three core activities we aim to focus on our Vision,
and the employer
Purpose and Means:
1.6 Majority of employers shall be repeat employers
2. Study Visits
2.1. International Study Visit; each Local Group visits and hosts a
Local Group per year with a minimum of 10 participants
2.2. Each National Group makes an international Institutional
Study Visit per year with a minimum of 10 participants
2.3. International Study Visits are combined with an academic
programme preferably including of IFP or Human Rights
2.4 There shall be an efficient online system working at latest
SPRING ICM 2009
2.4.1 The system will contain an evaluation system
2.4.2 The system will contain information about the groups who
want to go on or host a study visit.
3. Legal Education
3.1. Each Local Group shall organize at least one international
event per year in addition to study visits
3.2. At least one IFP event per country per year should be organ-
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Strategic Goals 2008-2013
Selection of International events organised
throughout the ELSA Network
Urged to deal with more speciﬁc and global challenges, legal professions require more than what is taught in law faculties.
ELSA contributes to legal education each year with the academic activities that are organized in 35 countries in Europe and
equips law students with the new and different legal knowledge. For the term 2007 – 2008, the total number of local, natio-
nal and international conferences and seminars in the ELSA Network amounts to 452. Adding the number of moot court
competitions, essay competitions and legal research groups, this number amounts to more than 500 activities each year, among
which around 40 are international.
Date Place Type Event/Theme
8th – 14th October 2007 Wroclaw, Poland SeminarBest of ELSA Poland - Human Rights Training
25th – 28th October 2007 Sruga, Republic of Macedonia Conference Pan-European Conference on European
Convention of Human Rights
9th – 11th December 2007 Passau, Germany Conference Law and Development – Law as a resource and
barrier of development
12th -17th December 2007 Kopaonik Mountain, Serbia Seminar The Mt. Kopaonik School of Natural Law
4th – 5th March 2008 Bratislava, Slovakia Conference Role of law in the process of the monetary
succession and Contribution of Community law
for European integrity
6th – 9th March 2008 Pecs, Hungary Moot court ELSA Regional Round of the ELSA Moot Court
Competition on WTO law
6th – 9th March 2008 Stockholm, Sweden Seminar Trafficking of children – A problem near you?
13th – 18th March 2008 Cluj-Napoca, Romania Moot Court ELSA Regional Round of the ELSA Moot Court
Competition on WTO law
13th – 19th March 2008 Thessaloniki-Athens, Greece Seminar Technology and Law
24th March 2008 Saint Petersburg, Russia Conference The Slavic Forum on the problem of development
and interaction between Balkans nations
18th – 19th April 2008 Odessa, Ukraine Conference Role of the International Court of Justice in
resolving the territorial disputes
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Strategic Goals 2008-2013
Date Place Type Event/Theme
22nd – 25th April 2008 Muenster, Germany Conference A Common European Criminal Procedure?
29th April – 4th May 2008 Geneva, Switzerland Moot Court Final Oral Round of the 6th edition of the ELSA
Moot Court Competition on WTO law
6th June 2008 Cologne, Germany Conference Protection of IP Owners vs. Freedom of Access
9th – 15 July 2008 Istanbul, Turkey Seminar Law School on Mergers & Acquisitions,
20th – 26th July 2008 Cluj Napoca, Romania Seminar Trademark protection in a Globalized Economy
21st – 26th July 2008 Copenhagen, Denmark Seminar Intellectual Property Law in a European
27th July – 3rd Aug 2008 Zadar, Croatia Seminar International Summer School ‚‘Human Rights
1st – 9th September 2008 Ankara, Turkey Seminar Law School on International Arbitration
The International Focus Programme on Intellectual
The idea behind the International Focus Pro- papers. We are conﬁdent that the panel of judges, composed of the
Stylianou, gramme (IFP) is to present a speciﬁc theme, on Max Planck Institute and the European Patent Office, will be very
Director for the IFPwhich the entire ELSA Network could focus its satisﬁed with the quality of the essays and will consider ELSA a wor-
efforts over a one year and half period, provid- thy partner to which they can count on. The Survey was a big success
ing a forum that allows continuity within ELSA, as it managed to collect more than 1500 responses across Europe.
and setting a common focus to work towards. The IFP includes or-
ganisation of a series of local, national and international events, such The IFP also gives the possibility to law students and young lawyers
as seminars, conferences, legal research groups, debates, moot court to work with major law-related institutions and non-governmental
competitions, publications and traineeships. organisations (NGOs) in the world. Speakers from World Intellec-
The new theme for the International Focus Programme 2007-2009 tual Property Organisation Academy and International Trademark
is Intellectual Property Law. Within the framework of the IFP prepa- Association to attend IFP events; among these we can mention the
rations, ELSA International prepared an IFP handbook, explaining International Seminar on Innovation and Patent Law, by ELSA Is-
the IFP, IFP tools offered by ELSA International, IP Handbook, giv- tanbul and International Law School on Trademark Law, organised
ing resources on IP Law and marketing materials to facilitate imple- by ELSA Cluj Napoca.
mentation of the IFP.
The International Focus Programme will continue with the comple-
Moreover, an online survey and an international essay competition tion of the International Essay Competition and Online Survey and
have been organised during the term 2007-2008. The Essay Compe- will be ﬁnalized by the ﬁnal IFP Conference and a publication which
tition was moderately advertised but it still yielded some very good would will sum the IFP activities.
ELSA Annual Report 15
Strategic Goals 2008-2013
A STEP into the right direction
New identity and common efforts wi-
thin the Network
The Student Trainee Exchange Programme constitutes a perfect syntony with the ELSA vision and purposes.
In fact, STEP is a tool to achieve and fulﬁll the vision of the association, “a just world in which there is respect for
human dignity and cultural diversity,” to “encourage law students to act for the good of society,” “to learn about other
cultures and legal systems,” and to be “internationally minded and professionally skilled”.
STEP is the key area that includes and concentrates all aspects of what ELSA is about.
Our traineeship Programme allows some of the Uppsala.
major law ﬁrms in the world to offer internships The ING direct bank, besides offering some traineeship by their le-
to law students and law graduates, which are gal office in Amsterdam, commenced a large scale cooperation in
VP STEP, members of ELSA. The interns usually come promoting our Programme among the European representatives
ELSA International from some of the best law faculties in Europe of ECLA(the European Company Lawyers Association), which is
and before applying they have to pass a strict se- present in 22 European countries.
lection with their local ELSA group. The new design has increased the appeal to externals and the conﬁ-
dence of the single officer in presenting the Programme to students
During this year the Student Trainee Exchange Programme has in- and employers. The new designed Newsletter has been published
creased in terms of traineeships offered (80 Traineeships till June), and is also available on the website www.elsa.org, under the STEP
number of applicants and international partnerships. At the begin- News.
ning of the term in office, in August 2007, The European Lawyer Furthermore, the simpliﬁcation of the application and selection
review offered 3 traineeship by their offices in Brussels (Belgium) process has assured a faster and clearer approach to students and
and London (UK) the cooperation with some overseas countries (in externals.
USA) employers, more speciﬁcally law ﬁrms, has been reinforced
and one new partnership has been concluded with a Japanese com- It may seem that suddenly the consciousness of having a treasure
pany. The Law ﬁrm Butzel Long of Detroit (USA) evaluated as very in the hands without being able to do anything with it, has been left
important and beneﬁting the work of ELSA interns in their ﬁrm and behind. Every officer has been catched by the importance and range
is eager to keep and increase the cooperation with ELSA Interna- of beneﬁts that STEP offers both to employers and to students.
tional for the future. On the other side ELSA trainees also provided STEP is great experience for each law student or young lawyer. It’s
a positive evaluation about their work and academic experience by big opportunity to learn new law system, different legal ﬁeld in differ-
the ﬁrm. ent country with different traditions… This means a lot of for each
student, but even for the employers as well. For an employer, STEP
The Akebono Brake Industry of Tokyo became a new STEP em- is an opportunity to get an expert on a foreign and different legal
ployer for the year 2008/09. In July 2008 has been started the ﬁrst system. The possibility to take the trainee from the country in which
traineeship period for a Swedish student from the University of the company does business and to specify the ﬁelds of law in which
16 ELSA Annual Report
Strategic Goals 2008-2013
the trainee needs to be specialized, brings the employer an expert on STEP employers.
the tasks and projects the company is working with.
My main task is motivated employers to offer places for trainees in With those beneﬁts from ELSA, STEP is no more opportunity just
STEP programme, to show to employers, that the STEP programme for trainee, but for employers as well. Multi-cultural experience with
could be one of the best decisions to make their ﬁrms more inter- inﬂux of new ideas and cultural inﬂuences to employer’s ﬁrms are
national, open and strong. Furthermore STEP is very easy and avail- irreplaceable! ELSA is the biggest law international organization and
able whole year, because all administration (arrival, accommodation, be part of STEP means to be part of ELSA. Join us and be more
contracts) is up to ELSA – we are saving time and money of employ- international! I can promise, you will never regret it!
ers. Other beneﬁts are attractive as well, in the last months ELSA
International has been working on creating a promotion concept for
Join us and be more international!
STEP is one of three key areas in ELSA and has been growing fast since the year 1983 when ﬁrst three traineeships were
exchanged. Using an online matching tool, employers and students are coordinated all year round ensuring a ﬂexible and
dynamic exchange programme.
At every level, local, national and international has been felt Lucia Pálušová,
are able to offer their ﬁrst traineeship and most of them have
the opportunity and the stimulating challenge that STEP Director for STEP, conﬁrmation of previous partnerships. ELSA Republic of
can offer to law students and employers. ELSA International Macedonia, ELSA Montenegro and ELSA Romania are
now offering some traineeship by international
The Network identity has united the officers, law ﬁrms. After some years of inactivity, new
made them more active and ready for the chal- traineeships have been offered also in Prague,
lenge of STEP. Czech Republic, in Belgium and in Switzerland.
The International STEP meeting, held in Viln-
ius (Lithuania) in February 2008 has reached a
unexpected number of participation (45 par-
ticipants from 15 different countries) ,despite to
the geographical position and logistical issue for
some ELSA Groups to send their officers and
representatives to the venue, and has shown the
internal cohesion among STEP officers.
Today for the ﬁrst time some National groups
ELSA Annual Report 17
The ELSA Moot Court Competition
The ELSA Moot Court Competition on
After years of organizing and supporting national moot courts around the Network, the Internatonal Board of ELSA
took the decision to establish an international moot court competition in 2003. After one year of intensive preparations, the
ﬁrst Final Oral Round of the ELSA Moot Court Competiton on WTO Law (EMC2) was organized in Geneva in
Astrid Sollie Over the last ﬁve years the EMC2 has expan- ject, it is no secret that a project of the size of EMC2 requires a
Skårdalsmo, ded not only across the world, but also in par- lot of time and a lot of money. EMC2 was from the beginning
ticipation and recognition worldwide. Throug- suppose to be a project of the International Board, with help
hout the years Regional Rounds have been from people around the Network. Unfortunately the tenden-
added, both in Europe and on other continents, the amount of cy over the last couple of years has been that the International
teams registering for the competition has increased, the amount Board is doing more and more, while less and less people from
of teams in the Final Oral Round in Geneva has increased, and the Network are involved. These problems caused a serious dis-
the amount of WTO experts involved in all stages of the compe- cussion on the future of the EMC2 this year, at the ICM in Lis-
tition, has increased. bon in April. Nevertheless, the message from the Network was
clear: we want EMC2.
In 2003 there were 30 teams registered for the ﬁrst EMC2, in-
cluding one team from out- This was very encouraging
side Europe. In 2008, there what concerns the future
were 65 teams, of which 25 Face the Global Challenge! of the competition, and
were non-European. Over the International Board
six years, the competition is currently working hard
attracted many teams from to prepare the 7th edition
countries where English is of the ELSA Moot Court
not the ﬁrst language, and Competition on WTO
after ﬁve years of winners Law. A new International
from the United Kingdom Board will take the lead
and Australia, the winning from 1st August, but the
team of the 6th edition in EMC2 will remain, as the
2007/2008 came from Co- biggest project of ELSA
lumbia. International, and the
Notwithstanding the suc- biggest moot court on
cess of the EMC2 as a pro- WTO Law in the world.
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SIM & Refreshment Weekend
I SecGens International Meeting
João Thiago The I SecGens International Meeting was ﬁnally In addition to this, the event is held together with the Refreshment
Rocha Ferreira, a reality this year. As ELSA should aim for one Weekend of the International Trainers Pool. This is to increase the
Secretary General International Training Event per Year, it seems awareness of the need of Training in our Association, and create
more realistic to have for each area one Interna- a link between Secretaries General and Trainers of the ITP. And it
tional Meeting. As an example of the Internati- also works otherwise, as Trainers gets very motivated when in closer
onal Presidents Meeting (which is a Statutory Meeting), the Interna- communication with ELSA Officers.
tional STEP Meeting was the ﬁrst International Meeting from the
remaining areas. This ﬁrst Meeting was indeed a success. Introducing the event, we
had a presentation from the ITP Trainers (by Espen Nakstad) and a
Finally the third International Meeting was set for the Secretaries presentation on General ELSA Knowledge. The focus of the event
General, in Munich, Germany. However, the basis of this Meeting was obviously Training; but mostly, we also prioritized Human Re-
is rather different from the other International Meetings. First, it is sources. As a concept not rooted into the daily life of most of the
held in the very end of the academic year, in order to promote Tran- National Groups (and also ELSA International), the idea was to
sition and the increasing of knowledge for the newcomers. In this start working in this area of IM by giving to the participants a good
way, SecGens are in conditions to start their year with a higher level overview of what is Human Resources and what are the tasks of
of knowledge and experience, since their ﬁrst meeting within the a Director for Human Resources, through a thorough analyses of
Network should be no longer the Workshop at the Autumn ICM. the Human Resources Development Concept of ELSA. Further,
In addition to this factor, it inc- participants could explore the
reases the Team Spirit and raises Regulations of our Association
Internationality of an area that (Decision Book, and Statutes
is unfortunately seen as bureau- and Standing Orders) so that
cratic. It’s the only way to make they can be at ease with these
the Network see that when we documents and also make these
refer to “Internal” in Manage- regulations work on the Natio-
ment, it refers within ELSA (as nal Groups. Lastly, the motivati-
a whole) and not only on the on of the new officers was taken
National Level. And lastly, it’s up high by all Ice Breakers and
the right place to discuss the Social Programme of the event.
challenges of our Association, In the end, everybody agreed:
and strategies, especially within SIM! has to go on… and will go
Internal Management. on!
ELSA Annual Report 19
The ELSA Development Fund after the Lisbon
amendments – better regulated and more transpa-
Since its inception, the ELSA Development Fund has proven to be one of the most useful and tangible tools available to National
Groups to obtain direct support from ELSA International for either the organisation of ELSA events or participation at ELSA
statutory meetings. Over the last few years, its popularity, helped along with continuous promotion by International Boards, has risen
exponentially. However, the fund has also been criticised in the past of being too rigid and inconsistent, with unclear Decision Book
regulations and over-variable criteria for acceptance. The amendments made to the EDF regulations at the ICM in Lisbon 2008
were aimed at addressing these criticisms, and delivering a fund that is better regulated and more transparent. The amendments, in a
nutshell, are encapsulated below.
Daniel The ﬁrst and possibly most signiﬁcant change Another key inclusion in the EDF regulations is a new sub-sec-
Azzopardi, to the regulations deals with the events and tion relating to the application criteria for funding. Whereas pre-
Treasurer, activities that EDF may support. They are viously the International Board had no guidelines to follow when
ELSA International now listed under three branches; Project deciding on who to grant and how much to grant, the amend-
Support, Training Support, and Network ments now expressly lay down seven criteria which must be ful-
Support. The EDF is now catered towards ﬁnancially supporting ﬁlled to determine whether a grant application is successful, and
the core activities of ELSA, which were established during the how much is granted. This will help to make the procedure of
long-term strategic planning sessions for ELSA during the ICM processing an application more efficient and more transparent.
in Lisbon. These activities include study visits, institutional study The regulations relating to the ﬁnancing of the fund, its admi-
visits, STEP, and international events. The EDF also supports nistration and auditing have remained the same, but have been
training events organised around the Network. In terms of Trai- cleaned up and clariﬁed with the amendments.
ning Support, the EDF supports the travel and accommodation
expenses of ITP trainers and National Group officers to attend The ever-increasing applications and use of the EDF have ne-
training sessions organised internationally. The EDF may also cessitated changes which are now better suited to addressing the
support, under the general heading of Network Support, NSS demand that the fund has started to generate. In the future, it
(Network Support System) projects and the travel and accommo- might be worthwhile for International Boards to consider im-
dation expenses of National Group officers to ELSA statutory proving the resources of the fund, possibly through external
meetings. channels, and to even set up an independent foundation for its
administration. For the time being, however, the amendments
While the most conventional applicants for EDF are National brought about at the ICM in Lisbon will go a long way to develo-
Groups, there are certain instances where ELSA International is ping the EDF project and ensuring that it continues to do what it
eligible to apply, as well as Local Groups in exceptional circum- does best; overcoming the Network’s structural weaknesses and
stances (inexistence or persistent refusal to offer support by the furthering the vision and purpose of ELSA.
National Group). The formalities for the application and payment
procedures have now been expressly laid down in the regulations,
to ensure fair treatment to all, and to facilitate to application and
follow-up process for the applicants as well as the Treasurer of
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Balance Sheet 31.07.2008
Liabilities 31.07.2008 1.08.2007 31.07.2007
Assets 31.07.2008 01.08. 2007 31.07.2007 EUR EUR EUR
EUR EUR EUR Capital
Fixed Assets Opening Balances01.08.07 22.622,94 22.622,94 40.630,58
Office Equipment 0,00 229,77 229,77 Retained Proﬁt/Loss 0 -18.618,83
Total Fixed Assets 0,00 229,77 229,77 Proﬁt/Loss 200,90 55,32
22.823,84 22.622,94 22.067,07
Debtors Control Account
Receivables to EDF 100,00 276,26 0 EDF Reserves 16.655,73 16655,73 16.390,50
Receivables from Members 9.420,02 16.300,50 16.300,50 Proﬁt EDF 3.467,67 1216,44
Accounts Receivable 10.415,29 8.812,28 9.088,98 Total EDF 20.123,40 16.655,73 17.606,94
19.935,31 25.389,04 25389,48
Provision for bad debts 4.000,00
Deposits and Cash Total Provisions 4.000,00
Bank Current Account 4.201,79 6.416,33 6.094,82
General Savings Account 5.024,74 6,81 6,81
EMC2 Current Account 5.484,58 45,00 45 Total Capital & Reserves 46.947,24 39.278,67
Rent Deposit Bank Account 13.373,84 13.150,32 13.150,32 39.674,06
Petty Cash 658,43 3,90 3 , 9
EDF Current Account 796,94 79,07 80,33 Liabilities
EDF Savings Account 10.000,00 6.161,94 7.011,94 Creditors Control Account
39.540,32 25.863,37 26.393,12 Accounts Payable (EDF) 912,00 0,00 0,00
Accounts Payable 3.602,03 4.196,95 4.331,75
Prepayments 1033,14 2.004,44 2.004,44 Deferred Revenue 9.047,50 10.011,00 10.011,00
Total Current Assets 60.508,77 53.256,85 53.787,04 Total Liabilities 13.561,53 14.207,95 14.342,75
Total Assets 60.508,77 53.486,62 54.016,81 Total Capital & Liabilities 60.508,77 53.486,62
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Income and Expenditure 07-08
Proﬁt/ Loss Accounting
Externals 41.000,00 ELSA House Rent & related expenses 33.652.44
Membership Fee/ Admin. Fee 18.050,03 Day to day office supplies 4.075,90
ELSA ONLINE Fee 15.000,01 Telephone & fax, Internet & E-Mail & Post 5.269,17
EDF Fee 0,00 ELSA ONLINE Development 18.973,00
Synergy Income 37.370,00 Travel 14.095,90
Website Links 13.400,00 IB Allowance 16.800,00
GLSE 5.000,00 Auditing 1.573,98
EMC2 87.982,88 EDF Contribution 2.940,00
Miscellaneous Income 2.920.91 Synergy Magazine 31.268,42
Refunds and Adjustments 330,65 GLSE 4.200,00
Deferred Revenue 10.011,00 EMC2 69.799,1
Bad Debts 8.123,14
General Income total 231.065,48 Deferred Revenu & prepayments 10.018.80
Provision for bad debts and claims
towards ELSA International 4.000,00
Expenditures total 230.864,58
Net Proﬁt/ Net Loss 200,90
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