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									 The International                             ELSA House            ELSA and
 Trainers’ Pool                                Training Week 2005    Microsoft

Magazine of The European Law Students’ Association                                No. 37/I 2005

Yourself !

                                                                              A leap for
                                                              Humanity – Ten Years With
                                                        the International Criminal Court
                                                                   WTO – Not Just Your
                                                             Average Trade Organization
                                                                 Gain International Legal
                                                                Experience Through STEP
                                                         About ELSA
                                                         The European Law Students’ Association, ELSA, in an international, independent,
                                                         non-political and non-profit-making organisation comprised and run by and for
                                                         law students and young lawyers. Founded in 1981 by law students from Austria,
                                                         Hungary, Poland and West Germany, ELSA is today the world’s largest independ-
                                                         ent law students’ association..

Synergy                                                  Our Philosophy
ELSA International in Brussels, Belgium produces            Vision
Synergy. The articles are contributions from
                                                         A just world in which there is respect for human dignity and cultural diversity.
students, young and experienced lawyers as well as
academics.The articles are edited at the discretion of
the Editors.                                             To contribute to legal education, to foster mutual understanding and to promote social
Please do not hesitate to visit Synergy Online
                                                         responsibility of law students and young lawyers.
www.elsa.org/publications/synergy.asp.                      Means
                                                         To provide opportunities for law students and young lawyers to learn about other cultures
Contributions                                            and legal systems in a spirit of critical dialogue and scientific co-operation.
Synergy is published twice a year for ELSA’s mem-
                                                         To assist law students and young lawyers to be internationally minded and professionally
bers in 37 countries in Europe.Would you like to con-
tribute with articles or pictures for the Magazine?
Please contact ELSA International for further in-        To encourage law students and young lawyers to act for the good of society.
formation and guidelines.
                                                         Our Network
                                                         ELSA is a unique and growing Network of some 25 000 law students and young lawyers
Would you like to advertise your courses, services,
company or products,please do not hesitate to con-
                                                         from more than 200 universities in 37 countries across Europe. ELSA currently has mem-
tact ELSA International in Brussels. Rates are avail-    bers and observers in:Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech
able upon request.                                       Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary,
                                                         Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, The
                                                         Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia and
Maria Litzell
Torgeir Willumsen
                                                         Montenegro, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,Turkey, Ukraine and
                                                         United Kingdom.
Assistant Editors
Kirsti Jullum Jensen
                                                         Furthermore, ELSA co-operates with other student organisations across the world, for
Johanna Lindblad                                         instance ILSA in North America, COLADIC in South America, ALSA in Japan, ALSA in
Emma Psaila                                              Australia, ALSA in South Africa and AEJCI in Ivory Coast.
Maria-Veronica Anton

                                                         The ELSA Members
ELSA International
239, Boulevard Général Jacques
                                                         ELSA’s members are internationally minded individuals who have experiences with for-
B-1050 Brussels                                          eign legal systems and practices.Through our activities such as Seminars & Conferences,
Belgium                                                  Academic Activities and the Student Trainee Exchange Programme our members acquire
Phone: +32 2 646 26 26                                   a broader cultural understanding and legal expertise. ELSA prepares law students for liv-
Fax: + 32 2 646 29 23
                                                         ing and working in an international environment.
E-mail: elsa@brutele.be
Website: www.elsa.org
                                                         Our Special Status
                                                         ELSA has through its activities and commitment within the international community
                                                         gained a special status with several international institutions. In 2000, ELSA was granted
  Corporate Partners of                                  Consultative Status with the Council of Europe. Furthermore, ELSA has Consultative
   ELSA International                                    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). In addition, ELSA has a co-operation
                                                         agreement with UNHCR (UN High Commissioner for Refugees) and co-operates with
                                                         ICRC (The International Committee of the Red Cross) and all the European Institutions.

    Editors’ Letter                                                                                                                                                      Contents
                                                                                                                                                                          6 A year of an International Board
                                                                                                                                                                          8 Being a Director of ELSA International
              Maria Litzell                                    Torgeir Willumsen
              Vice President Marketing                         Director for Synergy                                                                                      10 BOARD MANAGEMENT, EXTERNAL RELATIONS AND EXPANSION
              ELSA International                               ELSA International                                                                                        10 The International Presidents’ Meeting in Rovaniemi – An arctic adventure

Once more we have the privilege of presenting a brand new issue of Synergy to law students
and young lawyers across Europe. The unique thing about Synergy is that it is a common
                                                                                                                                                                 p.10 14 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
                                                                                                                                                                         13 Microsoft and ELSA – the Co-operation

ground for the entire Network to stand on and a way to communicate with all of ELSA at                                                                                   14 Where to look for grants?
once.This makes the magazine very important to our Association.
                                                                                                                                                                         16 INTERNAL MANAGEMENT
We have tried our very best to improve the layout of Synergy. Hopefully we have now cre-                                                                                 16 Moving the Network
ated a solid basis for further development. This in essence is the same idea the whole                                                                                   17 With a focus on training and motivation – the 18th NCM of ELSA Turkey
Association is based on: by creating a solid organisational framework, the Association is able
to evolve and improve during the years through the experience and knowledge gathered. It
is due to the members such as you that this development is possible. So keep up the great
                                                                                                                                                                         18 The International Trainers’ Pool
                                                                                                                                                                         20 One ICM – three perspectives
                                                                                                                                                                         23 The ELSA House Training Week 2005
work for the good of the whole Association!
                                                                                                                                                                         26 MARKETING
We would like to thank all the authors who have contributed to this issue of Synergy. The
ones who have written articles have done a tremendous job in giving the magazine a mean-
ingful content. Our designer deserves a big thank you for developing the current design and
                                                                                                                                                                 p. 23   26
                                                                                                                                                                              Australian Legal Philosophy Students’ Association – Law, Philosophy and Legal Education
                                                                                                                                                                              Geo-identification - Legal Requirements Forcing Borders onto the Internet
                                                                                                                                                                              Why did you join Law School?
                                                                                                                                                                         29   The World Grad School Tour and ELSA Athens Vol. 2
layout with us.We would also like to thank our printer Georgy Scoupreman at De Jonghe in
Brussels for his punctuality and professionalism. Finally, a huge thank you goes to the adver-
tisers for using Synergy to reach out to European law students and young lawyers.
                                                                                                                                                                         30 ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES
                                                                                                                                                                         30 Introducing a new Editor for Selected Papers on European Law
In this issue of Synergy, the 37th issue printed since 1986, you can read about the co-opera-                                                                            31 Fit for practice? The ELSA Germany Moot Court Competition
tion between ELSA and WTO regarding the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law.                                                                                          32 Former Deputy Director-General Excited About Hosting Asia-Pacific
ELSA strongly benefits from this co-operation, in which WTO provides technical support for
the Competition, which will take place during the end of April.
                                                                                                                                                                            Round of ELSA WTO Moot Court Competition
                                                                                                                                                                         32 UK National Round – ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law
                                                                                                                                                                         33 WTO – Not Just Your Average Trade Organization
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        p. 31
Furthermore, you will read about the different traineeship opportunities ELSA offers through
the Student Trainee Exchange Programme, and how both employer and student benefits from                                                                                  34 SEMINARS & CONFERENCES
the co-operation.                                                                                                                                                        34 Dream a little dream… Come Through! Cherie Blair Seminar: Human Rights – A Catholic Perspective
                                                                                                                                                                         35 A leap for Humanity – Ten Years with the International Criminal Court
In this issue you will also be presented to the trainers of the International Trainers’ Pool.The                                                                         36 East Side Story – ELSA Delegation to the 43rd Session of the UN Commission for Social Development
International Trainers’ Pool consists of some 30 trainers available for the National and Local                                                                           37 Big Apple and the United Nations – ELSA Delegation to the 42nd Session
ELSA Groups.                                                                                                                                                                of the UNCITRAL Working Group II on Arbitration and Conciliation
                                                                                                                                                                         38 Legal English - More than ‘Objection Your Honour’

                                                                                                                                                                 p. 35
As always ELSA National and Local Groups have written articles on their successful events.                                                                               39 Keeping Ahead in European Legal Practice
                                                                                                                                                                         40 Study Visit to Luxembourg and Brussels
                                                                                                                                                                         40 International Seminars in Budapest
Enjoy your reading!                                                                                                                                                      41 International Trade and Corruption – the battle for Transparency

                                                                                                                                                                         42 STUDENT TRAINEE EXCHANGE PROGRAMME
                                                                                                                                                                         42 Interning in Detroit at one of Michigan’s leading law firms ‘Butzel Long’
                                                                                                                                                                         43   Reasons for participating in STEP in Russia
                                                                                                                                                                         43   Traineeship at mmm&m in Madrid
                                                                                                                                                                         44   The Review Board for STEP
                                                                                                                                                                         45   Why I want to apply for a STEP Traineeship
                                                                                                                                                                         46   STEP in actual fact

                                                                                                                                                                 p. 42

4                                                                                         The Magazine of The European Law Students’ Association No. 37/I 2005
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August,
    September, October, November, December, January,
    February, March, April, May, June, July, August,                                            What
                                                                                                                        is the
    September, October, November, December, January,
    February, March, April, May, June, July, August,                                                Board of ELSA
                                                                                                The International Board of ELSA is
    September, October, November, December, January,                                            the supreme executive body of the
                                                                                                Association. The main

    February, March, April, May, June, July, August,                                            responsibility of the International
                                                                                                Board is to coordinate and
                                                                                                administrate the National and

    September, October, November, December,January,                                             Local ELSA Groups, by collecting
                                                                                                and redistributing the information

         A Year of April, May, June, Board
    February, March, an International July, August,
                                                                                                provided and by ensuring the
                                                                                                maximum number of participants
                                                                                                in all events.

    September, October, November, December, January,                                            Furthermore, the International
                                                                                                Board coordinates the
                                                                                                collaboration with externals
    February, March, April, May, June, July, August,                                            meaning international
                                                                                                organisations, law firms,

    September, October, November, December, January,                                            governments, other students
                                                                                                associations etc. across Europe.

    February, March, April, May, June, July, August,
                                                                                                The International Board consists of
                                                                                                seven positions (President,
                                                                                                Secretary General, Treasurer, Vice

    September, October, November, December, January,                                            President Academic Activities, Vice
                                                                                                President Seminars & Conferences,
                                                                                                Vice President Student Trainee

    February, March, April, May, June, July, August,                                            Exchange Programme, Vice
                                                                                                President Marketing) elected by
                                                                                                the Council at the Spring
    September, October, November, December, January,                                            International Council Meeting. For
                                                                                                a one-year period, starting on the

    February, March, April, May, June, July, August,                                            1st of August, the International
                                                                                                Board works and lives together, full
                                                                                                time, in the ELSA House in Brussels

    September, October, November, December,January,                                             on a voluntary basis.

    February, March, April, May, June, July, August,
6                        The Magazine of The European Law Students’ Association No. 37/I 2005                                          7
Being a Director
of ELSA International
                Emma Psaila                                                            Tiina Ojala
                                                                                                                                                               LL.M in International and European Law
                Director for Training                                                  Director for Student Trainee Exchange                                                              Riga Graduate School of Law in Latvia
                ELSA International                                                     Programme ELSA International
                                                                                                                                                                   welcomes applicants for the Master’s programme for the academic year 2005/2006
Probably the truest thing I have ever heard about ELSA is: Once       Being a part of the International Team as a Director is a unique
in ELSA,Always in ELSA. Holding the post of a Director for ELSA       possibility to step one step upwards in your ELSA career.Working                         RGSL offers an LL.M programme for law graduates who wish to specialize in International and European
International is another way of continuing to give and receive        as a Director of ELSA International makes you realise how wide                            law. The LL.M programme is a one-year, full time study programme (90 ECTS credits), run entirely in
ELSA experience. Therefore, it has extended my ELSA life and          and special ELSA actually is. Staying in your home country but still                                         English by an international faculty of high academic standing.
allowed me to contribute to the functioning of the Network on a       being a part of the International Team gives you certain flexibility.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                The programme includes:
different level in the same Association.                              Why is the directorship worth trying? Well, why not?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 1. European Union Law.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Public International Law and Human Rights.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           3. International Commercial Law.
                Torgeir Willumsen
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Deadline for applications is 6 June 2005.
                Director for Synergy                                                   Director for Moot Court Competitions                                    E-mail: LLM@rgsl.edu.lv • T.: +371-703 9206 • F.: +371-703 9240 Address: Riga Graduate School of Law, Alberta iela 13, LV-1010 Riga, Latvia
                ELSA International                                                     ELSA International                                                                                                      More information: www.rgsl.edu.lv

Being a Director has been a chance to combine the best of two         In a number of previous publications I explained what ELSA gave
worlds: the international part of the Association and the life next   to me.This time, I am eager to share what I gave when I became
to the Association. I had been playing with the thought of running    a Director. I have kept in touch and made new connections with
for the International Board, but there were too many obstacles in     the vast world of the WTO law professionals and sunk my teeth
the way: time, money, studies etc. which all made it difficult.       into the international trade law.
Therefore, I decided to go for the second best international expe-
                                                                      ELSA has the honour of having many fabulous people on the
rience and at least be a part of the International Team.
                                                                      Advisory Board and Judges’ Pool of the ELSA Moot Court
Being part of the International Team gives you insight into a dif-    Competition. ELSA made life-long friendships with some of
ferent part of ELSA and you see the Association with new eyes. It     them.The Moot Court benefited from strict but fair approach.
gives you a unique opportunity to acquire International working
                                                                      I am looking forward to transferring this position, this possibility
                                                                      to be a source for better practices, positive experiences and evolu-
For me, this year has been a very rewarding experience. I have had    tion for ELSA to another able individual.
the chance to work with professional, enthusiastic and inspiring
                                                                      I came, I gave and I have conquered. Now it is YOUR turn!
people from different parts of Europe, all with a common goal; to
make ELSA even better.

                        Who are the Directors of
                        ELSA International
                       The International Board works together with a number of appointed Directors who
                       are responsible for specific areas of activity, reflecting the focus of ELSA International
                       each year. The Directors are students, who work on a voluntary basis from their
                       homes, thus completing the International Team of ELSA.

8                                                                                       The Magazine of The European Law Students’ Association No. 37/I 2005
                        President’s Word                                  Josefin Björklund
                        Maria-Veronica Anton                              President
                        President                                         ELSA Finland
                        ELSA International

                        Dear all,                            The International Presidents’ Meeting in Rovaniemi
                       The European Law Students’ As-
                       sociation started with four law
                       students and it became the
                       world’s largest law students’ Net-
                                                             An arctic adventure
                       work. ELSA is no longer an idea;      What happens if you bring ELSA Presidents from all over

                       when one talks about ELSA, one        Europe to the land of the thousand lakes with –25 degrees
                       talks about countless projects        Celsius, add Workshop trainings, snowball fights, Arctic
                       and experiences; one talks about      Circle baptizing and Santa Claus visits? Let me present to
 47 International Council Meetings, several generations      you the International Presidents’ Meeting (IPM) in
 of members, 37 National Groups, over 200 universities,
 25,000 members and International Headquarters in
 Brussels. ELSA also means EMC2, the only World Spread
 Moot Court Competition on WTO Law, numerous Del-
                                                             Rovaniemi, Finland 26th–30th of January 2005.                                                                                                                    is an
 egations of law students to the UN bodies and our co-                                                                                                                                                                        The International Presidents’
 operation with the European Institutions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Meeting is an ELSA statutory
 When thinking about ELSA, it makes one wonder what
 made European law students want to be a part of this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              meeting which gathers, twice a
 experience through the years. The answer lies in the                                                                                                                                                                         year (in winter and in summer)
 unique journey one lives through ELSA: it is a small ver-                                                                                           Participants at the International Presidents’ Meeting in Rovaniemi
 sion of life, where one wins, loses, gains many friends,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the Presidents’ of each member
                                                                                                                                                     Participants from all over Europe gathered for the IPM for five mag-
 makes decisions. This is the main value of ELSA: the
                                                                                                                                                     ical days up in the very northern parts of Finland in an amazing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and observer National Group,
 ELSA Spirit being passed on from generation to gener-
 ation of members.
                                                                                                                                                     adventure with fruitful workshops and an exotic social programme.        together with the President of
 Throughout time, we all consolidated the ELSA Net-
                                                                                                                                                     The agenda, prepared by the President of ELSA International,             ELSA International.
                                                                                                                                                     Veronica Anton, contained various interesting topics and trainings
 work through the ELSA Spirit and through ELSA’s place
 and fame in the academic, legal and institutional envi-
                                                                                                                                                     on skills useful for a President in his or her work. Espen Nakstad       The IPM, which takes place in
                                                                                                                                                     from the International Trainers’ Pool facilitated trainings on Board
                                                                                                                                                     Management and Presentation Skills. During the workshops we              between two International
 Building upon these values and achievements is the key                                                                                              discussed topics such as the reporting system of the ELSA                Council Meetings, offers a great
 to ensuring a sustainable development of ELSA. It re-                                                                                               Development Fund and the International Focus Programme.
 quires a lot of hard work and commitment, without                                                                                                   After long discussions, we took another step in the right direction      opportunity for further discus-
 which no achievement is possible.The satisfaction of see-                                                                                           for a feasible solution for the Network.We also chose the host for       sions on topical issues within
 ing the results and ELSA becoming more consolidated                                                                                                 the next International Presidents’ Meeting, which came to be a
 with each year that passes is immeasurable!                                                                                                         more difficult task than we had thought. In the end it was decid-        the Association. It anticipates
 I wish you all to enjoy your ELSA journey and through
                                                                                                                                                     ed that ELSA St. Petersburg would be the lucky ELSA Group to             and approaches topics that may
                                                                                                                                                     organise the next International Presidents’ Meeting in Russia.
 your journey to take ELSA one step further!
                                                                 The participants were welcomed to a Rovaniemi covered in snow                                                                                                arise, during the forthcoming
                                                                                                                                                     As for the social programme the participants got a diploma for
                                                                                                                                                     crossing the Arctic Circle, and they finally met the real Santa Claus.   ICM or that were not fully
                                                                                                                                                     Did I forget to tell you about the traditional Finish sauna sessions?    discussed during the previous
                                                                                                                                                     The ELSA spirit has never been as alive as it was during those five      ICM.
                                                                                                                                                     days in Rovaniemi in January! I would like to take the opportuni-
                                                                                                                                                     ty to thank the Organising Committee for its outstanding work
                                                                                                                                                     without which this event could never have been possible. Finally, I
                                                                                                                                                     would like to wish ELSA St. Petersburg good luck with the prepa-
                                                                                                                                                     rations for the next International Presidents’ Meeting!

                                                                              The Magazine of The European Law Students’ Association No. 37/I 2005                                                                                                               11
Maria-Veronica Anton
ELSA International

           Microsoft and ELSA –
           the Co-operation
           The story of Microsoft started 30 years ago          mean investment in people. Microsoft’s goal is to
           with two young men and a dream: that one             offer people the right tools to make their own
           day there would be a personal computer on            dreams come true and reach their full potential.
           every desk and in every home. Today, PCs are         ELSA completes the education of law students and
           a reality in every company, institution and          deepens their understanding of law, society and
           home. This revolutionary idea did not only           cultural diversity.
           make technology a powerful tool for all of us,
                                                                Therefore, the partnership between Microsoft and
           it also created a new industry that changed
                                                                ELSA came as a natural step. The co-operation
           our world.
                                                                started in 2003, and in January 2004, we started the
           The ELSA story began 24 years ago with four law      work on our first common project – building a
           students and the dream of creating a bridge for      new Internal Management System for ELSA – the
           communication and co-operation between               “New Online System”. The system is meant to
                                                                serve ELSA’s European Network and support our
                                                                members in their daily work.

                                                                This was the beginning of a hard-work process on

                   “and ELSA started
                     Both Microsoft                             both sides. ELSA prepared all the necessary
                                                                documentation for the building of the portal. The
                                                                technical team from Microsoft, led by Wali Nasir
              in similar ways and both base                     and Tomasz Naumovicz, started the work on
                                                                designing and creating the system. Microsoft was
                their existence on a vision                     present at the International Council Meetings in
                and core values. Microsoft                      Paris (March 2004) and Bucharest (October 2004)
                                                                and the National Council Meeting of ELSA
                  and ELSA mean more                            Germany (January 2005). Over 600 ELSA
               than successful business and                     representatives enjoyed the Presentations with the
                                                                design and structure of the future portal of ELSA.
                   student Associations.                        In addition, they participated in the Workshops at
                  They mean investment                          the International Council Meetings and defined
                                                                the functions and properties of the new portal.
                         in people.
                                             ”                  Today, Microsoft and ELSA are joining efforts to
                                                                bring this project to a successful finish which will
                                                                represent one more step in Microsoft’s and ELSA’s
           European law students. Today, ELSA is the world’s    common goal to invest in people and offer them
           largest law students’ Network, present in 37         the right tools to make new and exciting things
           countries, in over 200 universities.                 happen.

           Both Microsoft and ELSA started in similar ways      ELSA would like to thank Microsoft and the team
           and both base their existence on a vision and core   that has worked from the beginning on this
           values. Microsoft and ELSA mean more than            project, for all the hard work and time invested in
           successful business and student Associations. They   the new portal so far. May it be a great success!

                        Pål Jakob Aasen                                         Kristina Juth
                        Treasurer                                               Vice Auditor
                        ELSA International                                      ELSA International

                        Financial                            Where to look for grants?
                        Management in                        You want to apply for grants for your ELSA project? But you do not know
                        ELSA                                 where to look for funding? Well, then this information is for you!
                        International                        There are many private as well as institutional grants being offered to NGOs
                        The Accounts of ELSA Interna-        like ELSA.You have several, or more correctly, a lot of options whether your
                        tional are prepared by using the     project is national or international. However, it all depends on in which
                        double entry system.All finan-       country your ELSA Group is active and/or where the project will take place.
                        cial transactions are followed
                        up by specified documentation;
                                                             On the website www.eurodesk.org, which is supported by the European
 either a claim form, invoice or other trustworthy fi-
                                                             Union, you can find information on different grants for European youth
 nancial documentation claiming the property of the
                                                             projects.The site does not only concern the European Union,but also many
 respective financial means.
                                                             other different organisations with Europe as area of activity.This site is excel-
 As a helpful tool, a professional accounting programme      lent,especially the deadline reminder,which shows the coming deadlines for
 has been taken into use this year.The programme fa-         grants in chronological order.
 cilitates the accounting process by having automised
                                                             European Union
 functions for each transaction. By using the programme
                                                             As concerns European Union grants, there is a website on the Gateway to
 regularly you will gain a full overview over the finan-
                                                             the European Union which lists all EU grants. The address is:
 cial means of ELSA International. I encourage you in
                                                             europa.eu.int/grants.This page is frequently updated as new calls for appli-
 the National and Local Boards to make use of a simi-
                                                             cants are published.
 lar system as well, since it has proved to be a very use-
 ful tool.                                                   When speaking of EU grants, you ought to consult the European Union
                                                             Vademecum on grants, which can be found in English on the address:
 The finances of ELSA International are from time to
                                                             europa.eu.int/comm/youth/program/vadem_sub_en.pdf.The Vademecum
 time rather tough to forecast. Proper financial plan-
                                                             is an instruction book on how to write the application for your grant.
 ning is therefore required. Financial planning means a
 continuous process of directing and allocating finan-       A useful grant for bilateral/multilateral study visits can be found in the
 cial resources to meet strategic goals and objectives.      European Commission’s Youth Programme Action 1. Check the Youth site
 The output from financial planning takes form in the        for this and other youth grants: europa.eu.int/comm/youth.
 Budget.The budgeting process is therefore an essen-
                                                             Funders Online
 tial tool for reaching a good financial result.The budg-
                                                             Funders Online is an initiative of the European Foundation Centre
 et should reflect the downright most realistic view in
                                                             Orpheus Programme and its mission is to promote and underpin the work
 order to become a useful tool. If the gathering of in-
                                                             of foundations and corporate funders in the New Europe. The website
 formation is based on too insecure sources, the budg-
                                                             www.fundersonline.org/grantseekers, provides a public record and a public
 et gives no real guidance and becomes a superfluous
                                                             information service on foundations and corporate funders active in Europe.
 tool for financial management of the Board.
                                                             Council of Europe
 When it comes to financial planning, most of it there-
                                                             The Youth site of the Council of Europe can be found on
 fore becomes very project oriented. Hence, not only
                                                             www.coe.int/T/E/Cultural_Co-operation/Youth. Here you can, among
 the financial planning itself becomes particularly im-
                                                             other things, find the Youth Mobility grant, which allows a group of 10 or
 portant, but of course as well the Board working as a
                                                             more persons to travel by train for free to an international event in Europe.
 whole to acquire funding.
                                                             The ELSA Grants Handbook 2004
                                                             If you have not consulted the ELSA Grants Handbook 2004 before, you
                                                             should do it now! I can assure you this, since I wrote it.The handbook can
                                                             be found in the ELSA ONLINE Archive and was written especially for
                                                             ELSA Groups.
                                                             Finally, the power of Google should not be underestimated as regards
                                                             research for grants.

14                                                                                   The Magazine of The European Law Students’ Association No. 37/I 2005
                        Johanna Lindblad                            Emma Psaila                                                                                         Nurcan Z. Çarikci
                        Secretary General                           Director for Training                                                                               Vice President Marketing
                        ELSA International                          ELSA International                                                                                  ELSA Turkey

                        A key word for all Internal
                                                       Moving the Network                                                                             With a focus on training and motivation -
                        Management Officers. If
                        not our raison d’être, then
                                                       At whatever level it is encountered, the entire ELSA experience is about
                                                       the acquisition of skills. ELSA enhances social skills as well as more ad-
                                                                                                                                                      the 18th NCM of ELSA Turkey
                        surely a justification for     vanced levels of personal development. Much of this comes about as a re-
                                                                                                                                                      For the 18th National Council Meeting (NCM) of
                        many of our actions, such      sult of meeting people from different cultural backgrounds and working in
                                                                                                                                                      ELSA Turkey we invited a trainer from the International
                        as Internal Meetings,          a team.However,specific training is also provided for,ensuring that knowl-
                                                                                                                                                      Trainers’ Pool (ITP). However, there was a small ‘finan-
                        training events and tran-      edge is not lost as the Network develops and expands.
                                                                                                                                                      cial’ problem: the travelling and accommodation costs of
                                                       The principal training tool is the ELSA International Trainers’ Pool (ITP).                    the trainer.We solved this problem by applying for fund-
 By ensuring that ELSA members and officers are        This comprises some 30 individuals equipped with both ELSA knowledge                           ing from the ELSA Development Fund (EDF). The
 individually skilled and with a high level of EL-     and experience and training skills.The ITP gives trainings in a wide vari-                     travelling costs of the trainer were paid by ELSA
 SA knowledge, training is essential for continu-      ety of areas such as project management,teambuilding,communication,pres-                       International through the ELSA Development Fund
 ity. For every challenge an ELSA member faces,        entation skills.                                                                               and our trainer Karina Sultanova was hosted in our
 new experiences and knowledge is acquired. In-                                                                                                       members’ houses.
                                                       These trainings result in a more efficient Network and serve to enhance
 ternal Meetings, such as International or
                                                       the capabilities of the individual trainees not only in their ELSA work but                    With four trainers in total, extensive Working Materials,
 National Council Meetings, provide excellent
                                                       in life in general.Training is an investment in the Network,in the team and                    curious freshers and members of ELSA Turkey, our 18th
 opportunities for sharing experiences and
                                                       in the person. If training may be compared to a car part, it would be the                      National Council Meeting was organised from the
 developing the skills of a large part of Local and
                                                       accelerator pedal, it gets the car moving!                                                     19th-20th of February 2005 in Istanbul.With the pleas-
 National ELSA officers. A number of training
                                                                                                                                                      ure of hosting Karina from the ITP, our National
 events organised each year offer additional           For any queries, or to apply for an ITP trainer please contact ELSA Inter-
                                                                                                                                                      Council Meeting Agenda consisted of four training ses-
 chances to receive high quality trainings.            national’s Director for Training: emmapsaila@yahoo.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Participants at the National Council Meeting of ELSA Turkey
 In this issue of Synergy you will find a detailed
                                                                                                                                                      After the official opening on Saturday, we started with a
 presentation of the members of one of our most
 valuable training tools – the International Train-    Five steps to a successful                                                                     General ELSA Knowledge training.This was very use-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What is the
                                                                                                                                                      ful, especially for the freshers, who could get answers to
 ers’ Pool. Experienced ELSA members, who are
 more than willing to help you improve your
                                                       training request                                                                               all their questions about ELSA. Our next training ses-
                                                                                                                                                      sion was a Team Building training that made us all feel
 ELSA knowledge, develop your personal skills
                                                       There are five steps to a successful training request:                                         part of a team. On Sunday we also had a STEP Training.
 or moderate your transition or planning ses-
 sion.They are there for you!                          1. Decide when, where, what, why and how.
                                                       2. Contact the Director for Training who will send
                                                                                                                                                      Through this, we had the chance to learn in detail about
                                                                                                                                                      the Student Trainee Exchange Programme and the                  ELSA Development
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fund - EDF ?
 Ultimately, we ensure continuity through tran-                                                                                                       STEP cycle.
                                                          you the Pre-Training Questionnaire
 sition from the outgoing to the incoming Board.
                                                       3. If you want to apply for money from the ELSA Development                                    In this intensive programme of course we did not skip
 The knowledge and experience acquired during
                                                          Fund (EDF) ask the Director for Training for an application form                            the biggest motivation weapon: the ELSA Spirit.
 a year is transferred to allow a solid foundation
                                                                                                                                                      During all the sessions, even in the discussions we             Through financial support The EDF helps ELSA
 and good start for the next year. We are cur-            which must be returned to the International Board (IB).
                                                                                                                                                      thought would never end, we never forgot about fun.             Groups in developing and overcoming structural
 rently moving into a period when many ELSA            4. The Director for Training will contact the ITP in search of an
 Groups at all levels, including the Internation-         appropriate trainer for the said training event. Of utmost                                  This was not my first training in ELSA, but to be hon-          weaknesses. The fund is administrated by the
 al Board, are approaching transition. It is all our      importance is that the training request is made well in advance                             est I enjoyed it as if it was the first. Every time I partic-   International Board.
 responsibility to use our transition period to           (at least 6 weeks beforehand).                                                              ipate in a training, I discover a new part of ELSA. On
 pass on the challenge, to emphasize continuity        5. Be trained keeping in mind that                                                             behalf of ELSA Turkey I would like to thank ELSA                If an ELSA Group would like to apply for
 and give ELSA a basis on which to grow even              Training                                                                                    International, Karina Sultanova, Fatma Z. Akinci, Tolga         financial support from the EDF a written
 stronger.                                                Resolves                                                                                    Ismen and Emin Sanli for their assistance at our                application must be submitted to the
                                                          All                                                                                         National Council Meeting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      International Board. For more detailed
                                                          Needs                                                                                                                                                       information on the requirements and
                                                       Training requests must be made to ELSA International’s Director for                                                                                            application procedure, please contact ELSA
                                                       Training.                                                                                                                                                      International.

16                                                                             The Magazine of The European Law Students’ Association No. 37/I 2005                                                                                                                                           17
 The International Trainers’ Pool
 The International Trainers’ Pool, ITP, has been set up in order to put the experience of former ELSA                                      Pascal Mousset
                                                                                                                                                                                                        “You cannot teach a man anything.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 You can only help him discover it within himself.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Galileo Galilei

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Espen Nakstad
                                                                                                                                           Nationality: Dutch                                                         Nationality: Norwegian
 members to good use. It is currently composed of 30 trainers who were once ELSA members, and who                                          Active in ELSA since 1993                                                  Active in ELSA since 1999
 have received training in a variety of skills such as Presentation Skills, Project Management,                                            Training languages: Dutch, English                                         Training languages: Norwegian, English
                                                                                                                                           Favourite trainings: Internal Management,                                  Favourite trainings: BEE/Strategic Planning,Ex-
 Teambuilding and, of course, ELSA knowledge.                                                                                              Fundraising, Board Management/Planning                                     ternal Relations, Chairing Techniques

               Sofia Amaral                                                   Jane Babb                                                    Clemens Niedner                                                           Olaf Strecker
               Nationality: Portuguese                                        Nationality: Irish                                           Nationality: German                                                       Nationality: German
               Active in ELSA since 1997                                      Active in ELSA since 1991                                    Active in ELSA since 1998                                                 Active in ELSA since 1996
               Training languages: Portuguese, English, French                Training languages: English, French                          Training languages: German, English                                       Training languages: German, English, French
               Favourite trainings: General ELSA knowledge,                   Favourite trainings: General ELSA knowledge,                 Favourite trainings: BEE, Fundraising,Teambuilding                        Favourite trainings: Presentation,
               Transition/OYOP, Internal Management                           Teambuilding, Presentation Skills                                                                                                      Project Management,Teambuilding

               Christian Braun                                                Anders Bredmose                                              Leander Palleit                                                           Michael Ellul Sullivan
               Nationality: German                                            Nationality: Danish                                          Nationality: German                                                       Nationality: Maltese
               Active in ELSA since 1997                                      Active in ELSA since 1996                                    Active in ELSA since 1994                                                 Active in ELSA since 1998
               Training languages: German, English, French                    Training languages: Danish, English                          Training languages: German, English                                       Training languages: Maltese, English, Italian
               Favourite trainings: Internal Management,                      Favourite trainings: General ELSA                            Favourite trainings: BEE,Teambuilding,                                    Favourite trainings: Project Management,
               Teambuilding, Chairing meetings                                training, Fundraising, Planning                              Strategic Planning                                                        Fundraising, Board Management

               Andrea Brizzi                                                  Rebeca Cenalmor Rejas                                        Nina Perch-Nielsen                                                        Karina Sultanova
               Nationality: Italian                                           Nationality: Spanish                                         Nationality: Swiss                                                        Nationality: Kazakhstanian
               Active in ELSA since 1998                                      Active in ELSA since 1997                                    Active in ELSA since 1997                                                 Active in ELSA since 1999
               Training languages: Italian, English                           Training languages: Spanish, English, Italian                Training languages: German, English, French, Danish                       Training languages: Russian, English
               Favourite trainings: General ELSA knowledge, Board             Favourite trainings: Planning,Teambuilding,                  Favourite trainings: Project Management,                                  Favourite trainings: Teambuilding,Time
               Management, Planning                                           Conflict resolution                                          Teambuilding, Communication                                               Management, Presentation/Public Speaking

               Tine Fredsted Uth                                              Anette Hvidt                                                 Jörn-Peter Riepe                                                          Daria Tonai
               Nationality: Danish                                            Nationality: Danish                                          Nationality: German                                                       Nationality: Croatian
               Active in ELSA since 1996                                      Active in ELSA since 1998                                    Active in ELSA since 1994                                                 Active in ELSA since 1999
               Training languages: Danish, English                            Training languages: Danish, English                          Training languages: German, English                                       Training languages: Croatian, English
               Favourite trainings: General ELSA knowledge,                   Favourite trainings: Marketing, Organising                   Favourite trainings: Project Management,                                  Favourite trainings: Financial Management,
               Internal Management, Presentation Skills                       Projects, Motivation                                         General Planning, Presentation Skills                                     Fundraising, Organising Projects

               Iris Kaeslin                                                   Veronika Kotek                                               Cornelia Schneider                                                        Chiara Venturoli
               Nationality: Swiss                                             Nationality: Swiss-Czech                                     Nationality: German                                                       Nationality: Italian
               Active in ELSA since 1996                                      Active in ELSA since 1996                                    Active in ELSA since 1998                                                 Active in ELSA since 2000
               Training languages: German, English                            Training languages: German, English, French, Czech           Training languages: German, English                                       Training languages: Italian, English, German
               Favourite trainings: STEP,Teambuilding,                        Favourite trainings: Conflict resolution,Team                Favourite trainings: Organising Projects,                                 Favourite trainings: BEE,AA, Motivation
               Organising Projects                                            Management,Teambuilding/Planning                             Human Rights, Setting up a Local Group

               Marcin Krzysko                                                 Katarzyna Kurpiewska                                         Tore Skeide                                                               Michael Zammit Maempel
               Nationality: Polish                                            Nationality: Polish                                          Nationality: Norwegian                                                    Nationality: Maltese
               Active in ELSA since 1996                                      Active in ELSA since 1998                                    Active in ELSA since 1995                                                 Active in ELSA since 1997
               Training languages: Polish, English                            Training languages: Polish, English                          Training languages: Norwegian, English                                    Training languages: English, Maltese, Italian
               Favourite trainings: Marketing, Project                        Favourite trainings: Motivation,Teambuilding,                Favourite trainings: Teambuilding,                                        Favourite trainings: Internal Management,
               Management, Interpersonal Communication                        Public Speaking                                              Motivation, Marketing                                                     Communication, Presentation Skills

               Susanna Mehtonen                                               Maria Moguilnaia                                             Inger Marie Sletteboe                                                     Joanna Zawiejska
               Nationality: Finnish                                           Nationality: Russian                                         Nationality: Norwegian                                                    Nationality: Polish
               Active in ELSA since 1998                                      Active in ELSA since 2000                                    Active in ELSA since 1997                                                 Active in ELSA since 1999
               Training languages: Swedish, Finnish, English                  Training languages: Russian, English                         Training languages: Norwegian, English                                    Training languages: Polish, English
               Favourite trainings: All STEP trainings,                       Favourite trainings: Teambuilding, Project                   Favourite trainings: Organising Projects,                                 Favourite trainings: Organising Projects,
               Motivation, Marketing                                          Management, ELSA knowledge                                   Communication, Presentation/Public Speaking                               Study Visits,Teambuilding

18                                                                  The Magazine of The European Law Students’ Association No. 37/I 2005                                                                                                                             19
 One ICM –
 Three perspectives          perspectives
                                                                                                  Mircea Moraru                                                                         Elinor Poole
                      Christian Braun                                                             Head of the Organising Committee                                                      Picton Howell LLP
                      ITP Trainer                                                                 ICM Bucharest                                                                         Solicitors and International Lawyers

     from Chairman                   of the Plenary                              from OC                                                                               from     External
     Some time passed since I last went to an international ELSA event.
     Of course, as a trainer I had the chance to participate on many occa-
     sions but either I did not have the time to go, or I only stayed for one
     day. Besides, you are never really part of the action if you just give a
                                                                                 The preparations for the 46th International Council Meeting
                                                                                 (ICM) in Bucharest, Romania started two years ago for the
                                                                                 Organising Committee.After a lot of hard work, the first appli-
                                                                                 cations for the ICM were submitted, and we realised we would
                                                                                                                                                                       Like most ELSA “freshers”, the Romanian ICM presented me
                                                                                                                                                                       with a number of “first experiences”.
                                                                                                                                                                       Picton Howell has been a keen supporter of ELSA for several
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               What is an
                                                                                                                                                                       years, however, my own exposure had been limited to our work
     three-hour-training and spend the rest of the time with the seniors.

     But all that changed when the International Board asked me last sum-
                                                                                 meet both old and new friends in Romania. Furthermore, the
                                                                                 ELSA Lawyers Society Assembly took place during the final
                                                                                                                                                                       experience students.Attending the ICM gave me a unique oppor-
                                                                                                                                                                       tunity to observe ELSA in action. And “action” is the key word. I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Council Meeting
                                                                                 days of the ICM, giving us the chance to also welcome mem-
     mer whether I would like to be the Chairman of the Plenary at the                                                                                                 joined the ICM on Wednesday and by Sunday was amazed at how
                                                                                 bers of the ELS.
     International Council Meeting in Sinaia, Romania. That suited me                                                                                                  much could be packed into 24 hours and at the endurance of the
     very well: I had nothing else to do and my health was beginning to                                                                                                students who worked hard all day and partied into the night.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The International Council Meeting
     deteriorate because of severe ELSA-detoxication. Especially after I
                                                                                                                                                                       Observing plenary sessions and talking to students provided me
     heard that Tine Fredsted Uth was considering being Vice Chair, I                                                                                                                                                                          (ICM) is the highest decision-making
                                                                                                                                                                       with an “inside view” of ELSA. Meetings were held, agendum pre-
     knew that there was nothing to regret: I will not be the oldest! So,
                                                                                                                                                                       pared, points of view debated, votes rallied, resolutions passed and    body of ELSA. It takes place twice a
     back to an ICM after two years of rest!
                                                                                                                                                                       reports presented. I was impressed by the level of organisation, pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               year, in Spring and Autumn. The
     Going through the minutes, the agendas and the proposals in the                                                                                                   fessionalism and confidence exhibited by the students (and had to
     Working Materials I noticed that quite similar topics are still discussed                                                                                         constantly remind myself that I was not at a company board meet-        International Board of ELSA is
     in ELSA. However, that is not necessarily negative: there is always a                                                                                             ing.) I left the ICM convinced that involvement in ELSA offers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               elected by the Council at the Spring
     need to improve issues like communication and network, and is it not                                                                                              students a wealth of practical experience and networking skills
     quite normal that money always remains a problem in a non-profit                                                                                                  which one does not acquire through university study and active          ICM.
     organisation?                                                                    Participants at the Bucharest International Council Meeting                      participation in ELSA at any level would give a student a “head
                                                                                                                                                                       start” in whatever occupation they choose to pursue.                    The Council decides on the policies
     Arriving at the Airport in Bucharest: one week of discussing, partying      The ICM was held in the magnificent Carpathians, in Sinaia,
     and trying-to-keep-your-eyes-open-after-only-two-hours-of-sleep             from the 24th -31st of October 2004.The participants enjoyed                          Another “first” experience was my presentation of a training            and direction that the Association
     was lying ahead of me. For anyone who never took part, it is very hard      the location, and days of Workshops and Plenary were accom-                           workshop on “Legal Drafting Skills” to the Secretary Generals.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               will follow. The Council is composed
     to explain the atmosphere at an ICM. There are (in alphabetical             panied by a well planned social programme.The academic pro-                           When preparing, I realised that:
     order): conference, the ELS, hundreds of ELSA people, ELSA songs,           gramme was completed by the Conference Rule of Law vs.                                                                                                        of the representatives of the
                                                                                                                                                                       1. it is a fairly “dry” topic;
     ELSA Vision Contest, Gala Ball, International Board, lobbying,              The Violence of Force, with excellent speakers from the
                                                                                                                                                                       2. for most, English is a second language;                              National ELSA Groups.
     National Drinks, Organising Committee, plenary sessions, presenta-          Romanian Foreign Ministry, The National Defence Academy
                                                                                                                                                                       3. the workshop was the 1st session of day 4.
     tions of seminars, proposals, statements, social day, workshops, etc.       and one representative of the United States Students. In addi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The delegates participate in
                                                                                 tion, L.L.M presentations were held by European Universities.                         This in mind, I wondered if I would be presenting to an empty
     However, these pure facts are not able to describe the phenomenon
                                                                                                                                                                       room. However, there was no danger of this. I met an enthusiastic       workshops during the Council
     of having more than 250 people participating at the ICMs twice a            The pièce de resistance was the Gala Ball, held in Brasov, where
                                                                                                                                                                       (although somewhat tired) group of Secretary Generals, who not
     year, travelling thousands of kilometres just to meet in more or less       the participants were able to get a taste of traditional dances as                                                                                            Meetings, divided by their position
                                                                                                                                                                       only physically appeared at the session (and politely stayed awake),
     remote areas of Europe. I think it is a lot more than this: it is the       well as Romanian cuisine.The participants also visited the city
                                                                                                                                                                       but also demonstrated their mental capabilities as they expertly        on their National Board. The
     moment when you sit at a table having dinner with law students from         of Brasov and the alleged Dracula Castle.
                                                                                                                                                                       grappled with the drafting exercise in English. I left the session
     six different countries who study at ten different universities and                                                                                                                                                                       workshops facilitate debate and
                                                                                 All in all, we enjoyed organising the ICM. On behalf of the                           very impressed.
     speak at least 15 different languages. It is the moment when you lis-
                                                                                 Organising Committee, I would like to thank all the ICM par-                                                                                                  discussions in order to allow more
     ten to a speech of a supporter who is 50 years older than yourself and                                                                                            Finally, the ICM gave me my “first taste” of Romania, its food and
                                                                                 ticipants for visiting us in Romania. We hope we managed to
     who is convinced that ELSA is one of the best things in the world.                                                                                                culture which I thoroughly enjoyed and the local organisers are to      expedient decision making in
                                                                                 make you leave as friends, after coming as visitors. Finally, we
     Last but not least, it is the moment when you leave the hotel at the                                                                                              be congratulated for their contribution to the ICM’s cultural pro-
                                                                                 would like to wish ELSA Lithuania, ELSA Malta and ELSA                                                                                                        Plenary.
     end of the week and you cannot wait to attend the next ICM.                                                                                                       gramme.
                                                                                 UK good luck with the organisation of the upcoming ICMs.
     Maybe I had to become an old guy to realise all that!!                      We are sure you will do a great job and enjoy the experience!

20                                                                                              The Magazine of The European Law Students’ Association No. 37/I 2005                                                                                                                  21
          Autumn ICM – MALTA
                     An ICM in the middle of the Mediterranean
                      with all the benefits such climate offers.

                  30th October – 6th November 2005 – Venue: Topaz Hotel, Bugibba
    All an ICM can offer and more! Who said you can’t sunbathe or swim in November? Sun, Sea and Fun! All facilities
                    in the Hotel! A block dedicated solely to ELSA, cut off from the rest of the hotel!
                                                                                                                                 ELSAthHouse Training Week 2005
                 ELSA Malta is renowned for its ELSA Spirit, and that is exactly what we will offer you:
                                           ELSA Spirit from beginning to end.
                                                                                                                                 July 11 – 17                                   The ELSA House Training Week (EHTW) is a one week internal training event, tak-
                                                             •                                                                                                                  ing place in Brussels, the city of the Headquarters of ELSA International. The pur-
          How often have you had the opportunity to sunbathe, swim and enjoy a warm climate in November?!?!                                                                     pose of the training week is to provide opportunities to obtain deeper knowledge
                                                                                                                                                                                on the association, and how to run an ELSA Group to experienced and new ELSA
                   Visit the island in the Middle of the Mediterranean with its 7,000 years of history.
                                                             •                                                                                                                  members from all over Europe. In addition, participants will have the possibility of
                                                   See you all in Malta!                                                                                                        developing personal skills through high quality trainings.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The programme includes trainings on ELSA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           knowledge as well as Soft Skills such as Pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ject Management, Presentation Skills and

                                                                                                                                                                                        “Develop your                      Communication and Team Building Sessions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The trainings will be facilitated by the In-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ternational Board and members from the In-
                                                                                                                                                                                            personal skills                ternational Trainers’ Pool.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Moreover, the programme includes visits to
                                                                                                                                                                                               and ELSA                    some of the European and International In-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           stitutions in Brussels, the Heart of Europe.A
    For more information contact John Ellul Sullivan on icm@elsamalta.org                                                                                                                                    ”             must for any internationally minded law stu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           dent. The participants will get to experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the International atmosphere of Brussels and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           get acquainted with its surroundings through

  ICM 2006
                                                                                                                                   Visit Brussels – the Heart of Europe                                                    sightseeing in some of the charming cities in
                                     Have you ever celebrated a Jubilee?                                                                                                                                                   This summer,the ELSA House Training Week

in London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           is being organised through joint efforts by
                                          Well now is your chance.                                                                                                                                                         ELSA Belgium and ELSA International.EL-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           SA Belgium will ensure the logistics for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           participants,as well as a full social programme.
                                        ELSA is celebrating its silver jubilee, and the Council has chosen London to mark this                                                                                             This will include beer tasting, an introduc-
                                                                  occasion. 25 years ELSA and 15 years                                                                                                                     tion to the amazing Belgian chocolates, a
                                                          ELS deserve to be celebrated in this amazing city!!                                                                                                              barbeque in the garden of the famous ELSA
                                                                                      •                                                                                                                                    House, nightlife and parties, and the always
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           present ELSA Spirit. Meanwhile, ELSA In-
                                          Since October 2004 ELSA UK is working very closely together with the London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ternational will provide the academic pro-
                                         Tourist Authority and the Office of Ken Livingston, London’s Major to make this a
                                                                             very special ICM
                                                                                      •                                                                                                                                    Take the Challenge – Join the ELSA House
                                         The whole of ELSA UK is very exited to welcome the Association back in the UK                                                                                                     Training Week 2005!
                                                                         after 11 years of waiting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           For more information please contact
                                           London is a world class city, famous not just in the field of Law, with it’s 15 Law                                                                                             the ELSA House Training Week Organ-
                                        Schools/ Colleges and it’s International Law firms. – Medicine, biotechnology, finance                                                                                             ising Committee at ehtw@europe.com.
                                                and media are all represented.With 300 languages spoken, 60 types of
                                                                                                                                                      Participants at the ELSA House Training Week 2003
                                                      cuisine and it’s unique sights everyone will feel welcome!
                                           A great OC has been appointed and is doing its best to making this all happen.
                                                – Let by the “magnificent seven” they are looking very much forward
                                                                           to welcoming you all.

  Yours George, head of OC, Daniel, Christine, Kati, Lilian, Kanan, Karoline
                                                                                Maksymilian Leskiewicz
                        Maria Litzell
                                                                                Founding President                                                                         Dr Dan Jerker B. Svantesson
                        Vice President Marketing
                                                                                The Australian Legal Philosophy Students’                                                  Assistant Professor
                        ELSA International
                                                                                Association                                                                                Faculty of Law Bond University

                        Challenge yourself!                   Australian Legal Philosophy                                                               Geo-identification –
                        Why should you become a Mem-
                                                              Students’ Association:                                                                    Legal Requirements Forcing
                        ber of ELSA?
                                                              Law, Philosophy and                                                                       Borders onto the Internet
                       ELSA is all about challenges.
                       Whether you are a law student          Legal Education
                       or a young practising lawyer,                                                                                                    Dr Svantesson studied law in Sweden and identify the geographical locations of those
                                                              Four to six years is a considerable chunk of life at any time, but in
                       ELSA offers you invaluable ad-                                                                                                   Australia, most recently completing his who visit their websites. If a website
                                                              particular when one is young, and one’s mind is most amenable to
                       vantages and experiences. Com-                                                                                                   PhD thesis titled Private International operator can know the location of those
                                                              opening doors and windows onto yet unseen vistas of knowledge
 plementing the University curriculum through numer-                                                                                                    Law and the Internet. He is a Research who access the website, he/she can control
                                                              and enjoying each other’s company in the salons of thought. For
 ous Academic Activities, Seminars,Conferences,Trainee-                                                                                                 Associate at the Baker & McKenzie Cy- what material is accessible to each visitor. In
                                                              those of us with aspirations to be lawyers, four to six years in law
 ships and Moot Court Competitions ELSA represents an                                                                                                   berspace Law and Policy Centre and spe- addition to business advantages, such as tar-
                                                              school is obviously critical, and one would hope that whatever is
 important part of your personal development.                                                                                                           cialises in internation-                                   geted advertisement, a
                                                              learnt in that time, would have some positive lasting effect, and not
 What is ELSA all about? In one word, ELSA is about ed-
 ucation. ELSA improves your skills in law as well as your
                                                              simply be a piece of paper. Although legal education has received
                                                              boosts from periods of active reflection in the 1960’s and 1970’s,
                                                                                                                                                        al aspects of the IT so-
                                                                                                                                                        ciety. Within this field
                                                                                                                                                        he has published a
                                                                                                                                                                                       The Internet is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   structure allowing for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   such geo-identification
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   has the advantage of
 personal skills. During the year, the number of Interna-     many law schools around the world continue to be overly doctri-
 tional Seminars and Conferences organised in the Net-        nal and black-letter in their pedagogy. Of course, this is not to say
                                                                                                                                                        range of articles and          often said to be            providing the website
                                                                                                                                                        given presentations in                                     operator with the means
 work has increased. For a law student or young lawyer        that doctrine has no place, or even a dominant place, in the legal
 such as yourself, ELSA offers over 40 International events   academy. But it is to say, that it is a necessary, but insufficient con-
                                                                                                                                                        Australia, Asia and Eu-     borderless, and it is          to comply with multiple,
                                                                                                                                                        rope.                                                      varying, and even contra-
 on interesting and inspiring topics during the upcom-        dition for producing comparatively-informed, sociologically-aware
 ing months.You can find these events presented on the        and critically-equipped legal thinkers.                                                   The Internet is often
                                                                                                                                                                                                   widely                      dictory, local regulations.

 Events Calendar in the middle spread of this magazine.                                                                                                 said to be borderless, and                                            A recent survey, carried
 However, there is even more to it, through attending EL-
                                                              ALPSA is based at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of
                                                                                                                                                        it is widely recognised
                                                                                                                                                                                         recognised that this                 out by the American Bar
                                                              Queensland (Brisbane, Australia), and is a branch of the Australian
 SA’s events you also gain access to an extensive Network                                                                                               that this ‘borderlessness’                                            Association and the
 of some 25,000 law students and young lawyers all
                                                              Society of Legal Philosophy (ASLP), a society with very high aca-
                                                                                                                                                        causes problems in
                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘borderlessness’                  International Chamber
                                                              demic standards. ALPSA’s objective is simple: to encourage and
 around Europe. Being future lawyers, we realise how                                                                                                    relation to jurisdiction                                              of Commerce, revealed
 important and valuable this Network will be in our
                                                              reward the study of legal philosophy in Australian law schools, and
                                                                                                                                                        and choice of law.
                                                                                                                                                                                          causes problems                     that a large number of
                                                              to facilitate discussion of legal philosophical issues amongst stu-
 working life.                                                                                                                                          Traditionally, the rules of                                           companies, particularly
                                                              dents, academics and practitioners.
                                                                                                                                                        private international law
                                                                                                                                                                                         in relation to ju-                   in the US, seek to iden-
 ELSA also offers another dimension. Being active in EL-      ALPSA also recognises the significance of the richness and unique-                        focus on the place of                                                 tify the geographical
 SA and getting involved in the running of the Associa-       ness of legal cultures around the world, and the importance of legal
                                                                                                                                                        effect rather than on the
                                                                                                                                                                                            risdiction and                    location of those who
 tion is a remarkable experience.The International Train-     theoretical pluralism as well as legal pluralism strictly. That is also
                                                                                                                                                        location where the rele-                                              visit the companies’
 ers’ Pool, consisting of some 30 highly skilled trainers,    the reason why ALPSA has called for submissions from students                                                                 choice of law.
 truly proves this point.The International Trainers’ Pool,
 presented in this issue of Synergy, consists of ELSA Mem-
                                                              and academics worldwide for the ALPSA Annual Publication,
                                                              focusing this year on Alternative Histories of Law and Legal
                                                                                                                                                        vant act was committed.
                                                                                                                                                        For example, in Dow
                                                                                                                                                        Jones & Company Inc v
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ”         websites. When this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              practice become wide-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              spread, the Internet will
 bers who have previously been active in ELSA, on a Lo-       Theory. ALPSA expresses its most sincere gratitude to ELSA for
                                                              their support of this initiative.                                                         Gutnick, the High                                                     inevitably change from
 cal, National and sometimes International level.Today
                                                                                                                                                        Court of Australia ruled that a Victorian          the relatively borderless medium we know
 the trainers use the skills they obtained through facil-     We hope that our website (www.alpsa.net) will be visited by stu-                          court was allowed to exercise jurisdiction         it to be, into a medium divided by borders,
 itating trainings to newer, younger generations.             dents around the world interested in legal education and an under-                        over, and apply its laws to, a foreign publish-    much like the “real” world.
 Why should you become a Member of ELSA, or even ac-          standing of law not restricted to rules or law on the books. Apart                        er as the defamatory material was read by
                                                              from news and upcoming events, the website will have an online                                                                               As the law starts taking more notice of geo-
 tive Member in the Association? My answer would be                                                                                                     people within the state of Victoria – the
                                                              paper series and other resources for students. Please feel free to                                                                           identification, the jurisdictional problems
 to challenge yourself.                                                                                                                                 court looked at where the publication had
                                                              contribute your thoughts!                                                                                                                    that the Internet has given rise to will
                                                                                                                                                        its effect, rather than on where the publish-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           largely be solved. However, it must be
                                                              We hope that ALPSA will one day bloom into an international                               er acted.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           remembered that this comes at a high
                                                              organisation for legal philosophy students.We welcome your com-
                                                                                                                                                        In light of the above, it is not surprising that   cost – we will loose our first, and so far only,
                                                              ments, advice and criticism. Please email the President,
                                                                                                                                                        web publishers and web businesses seek to          borderless form of communication.
                                                              Maksymilian Leskiewicz: max@alpsa.net. In the meantime, email
                                                              us for submission guidelines to our Annual Publication.

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                  Tolga Ismen
                  ELS Executive Committee

Why did you join                        Law School?
As a practicing lawyer, I interview law students who are candidates for a   If you join ELS, you know that you have 600 lawyers out there that you
training contract. I always ask the same question:“Why did you join law     can address.You also know that those 600 lawyers will listen (for free).
school?”There are hundreds of other professions out there that one can      The binding experience named ELSA bound you together forever as
choose as a career. They are generally more exciting, potentially more      old friends. It may be a request for a lawyer in Spain, to find a local
rewarding, socially more acceptable and definitely sexier.Why, on earth,    restaurant in Istanbul, a request for support to a just cause (whatever that
would someone want to become a lawyer? Lawyers work significantly           is), sharing a cheerful event like the birth of a baby or the anxiety of
more than other people, they are not respected by people, their expert-     opening up a new law firm.
ise is limited within the boundaries of their country and the beneficial
                                                                            You will leave ELSA in a couple of years.When you leave you will first
impact of their work on human life (if such impact exists) is generally
                                                                            feel a relief.You will have sacrificed a lot, you will have spent a lot and
invisible.Why did you join law school and not medical school or foreign
                                                                            at that time you will want to move on and join the real life. However,
affairs or become a policeman? I do not know the correct answer
                                                                            within a couple of years from that moment you will find yourself hav-
because there is none.The important thing is to know where you come
                                                                            ing a beer in a beautiful summer evening and remembering your days at
from and where you are going. As Seneca said, if a ship does not know
                                                                            the ICM or an international conference or a long meeting with the
to which harbour to sail, no wind will take it to its destination.
                                                                            Organising Committee of an event.You find yourself daydreaming about
It is the same with ELSA and ELS. Why did you join ELSA and why             ELSA. And you will have a strange feeling, you will miss those ELSA
should you join ELS? ELSA is a selective course. It teaches you how to      days.You will feel both the joy of doing the right thing at the right time
run an Association, how to market an Association, how to run meetings,      and the sorrow of not being able to do it anymore.This is the time to
how to vote, and how to communicate with your fellow lawyers from           join ELS:We will be waiting for you.We will be waiting for you full of
different countries. ELS is a Network. It is a small Network but an effi-   ELSA spirit and a lot of wisdom to enjoy life in the ELSA way without
cient one..                                                                 sacrificing your career or your family. Until that day, my friend, farewell.

                  Evangelia Chatziioannou
                  Vice President Student Trainee Exchange Programme
                  ELSA Athens

The World Grad School Tour
and ELSA Athens Vol. 2
It has become a tradition. ELSA and the World Grad School Tour -            National Moot Court Competitions or the ELSA Moot Court
one of the most successful University Fairs in the world. For the           Competition on WTO Law.
second year in a row, ELSA Athens was invited to this fair in order to
                                                                            Let us not forget the benefits for ELSA.We have the opportunity to
represent and market ELSA to law students and young lawyers who
                                                                            be part of this great University Fair.We market ELSA, people get to
are interested in postgraduate law studies.
                                                                            know of the Association and its activities and new members join our
The first thing that comes to your mind is probably the following           Network.
question:What is ELSA doing at a University Fair? The answer is very
                                                                            “The World Grad School Tour and ELSA Athens Vol. 2” was a great
simple. ELSA does not offer postgraduate studies, but ELSA offers
                                                                            success this year as well.The Fair, after travelling around Madrid, Paris,
traineeship opportunities through STEP. Imagine a law student going
                                                                            Milan, Munich, Frankfurt and London, stopped at the Athens Hilton
abroad for his postgraduate studies. His studies could easily be
                                                                            Hotel on the 20th October 2004.The tour ended in Istanbul a few
combined with a traineeship in a Law Firm, University, Bank, etc.
                                                                            days after.
Furthermore, ELSA offers Seminars and Conferences. The same
                                                                            As head of the Organising Committee, I would like to thank Mr.Tim
student could easily attend a Seminar or a Conference organised by a
                                                                            Rogers, Mr. Kamran Ahmed and Mr. Tony Martin at QS for their
Local ELSA Group at his University.
                                                                            great help. Last, but not least, I would like to thank the Organising
ELSA also offers law students Academic Activities! Imagine the same         Committee of ELSA Athens and our members for supporting us.
student getting involved with Academic Activities such as Local or

                        Aleksandra Lakovic
                                                                                       Joakim Swedenborg                                                           Kristin Steinbring                                                     Rainer Horn
                        Vice President
                                                                                       Editor                                                                      Vice President Academic Activities                                     Director for Moot Court
                        Academic Activities
                                                                                       Selected Papers on European Law                                             ELSA Germany                                                           ELSA Germany
                        ELSA International

                        Academic Activities
                        It is a great pleasure to introduce you
                                                                     Introducing a new Editor
                                                                     for Selected Papers
                                                                                                                                                       Fit for practise?
                        to the intriguing projects of the field of                                                                                     The ELSA Germany Moot Court Competition –
                        Academic Activities in the following
                        pages.As one of the three key areas,AA
                                                                     on European Law                                                                   a tradition continues
                        has a vast variety of projects, focusing     Selected Papers on European Law (SPEL) is a web publica-
                        on an academic perspective.                  tion which provides a compilation of legal papers in the field                                                                                    Most legal professions require a skilful performance in court. Professional
                                                                     of Private and Public European Law. ELSA SPEL is                                                                                                  rhetoric and soft skills are demanded, but usually not taught sufficiently
                        Being active in AA projects, gives ELSA
                                                                     published twice a year on the Website of ELSA International                                                                                       in university. With the ELSA Germany Moot Court (EDMC), ELSA
 Members the opportunity to broaden their perspectives out-
                                                                     www.elsa.org.The papers are written by law students in the                                                                                        Germany offers a unique opportunity to overcome these deficits.
 side the University Curriculum. This includes participation
                                                                     scope of their studies as well as by academics. The high
 in Local, National and International Moot Court Competi-                                                                                                                                                              In general, a Moot Court is a trial where law students play the roles of
                                                                     quality of the publication is ensured through the participa-
 tions, Legal Research Groups, getting the opportunity to pub-                                                                                                                                                         attorney and prosecutor in a fictional case.The regulations of the codes
                                                                     tion of the Editorial Advisory Board which is made up of
 lish academic papers, as well as gaining a deeper insight in-                                                                                                                                                         of civil or criminal procedure have to be followed and statements have to
                                                                     prominent European academics. All articles are revised and
 to the National and International aspects of the legal pro-                                                                                                                                                           be handed in on time.The Panel of Judges consists of real judges or pro-
                                                                     edited by an Editor.
 fession.                                                                                                                                                                                                              fessors.
                                                                     ELSA International thus has the pleasure of presenting the new
 In this issue of Synergy you will get to read more about a                                                                                                                                                            The EDMC is organised in three Rounds and deals with civil law cases.
                                                                     Editor for SPEL. Mr. Joakim Swedenborg has a Master of Laws
 small selection of the Academic Activities organised in the                                                                                                                                                           In early summer, the EDMC starts with Local Rounds in the Local
                                                                     (LL.M.) in Swedish and International law from the University
 Network.                                                                                                                                                                                                              Groups of ELSA Germany.The winning teams qualify for one of the two
                                                                     of Lund, including an ERASMUS scholarship to Heidelberg.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Regional Rounds taking place in the north and south of Germany in
 The ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law - EMC2 - is              He graduated in 1998 with a thesis on the Horizontal Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       November or December. In early spring, the winners of the Regional
 the only world spread event organised in the ELSA Network.          Effect of Directives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Rounds meet for the Final Round, which is traditionally held at the
 The EMC2 is organised annually in Geneva, Switzerland, with
                                                                     Mr. Swedenborg is entitled to give legal advice in Sweden and                                                                                     Federal High Court
 technical support provided by the World Trade Organization.
 The EMC2 has succeeded in bringing the vision of ELSA out-
 side of the geographical boarders of the Association. This is
                                                                     to appear as a counsel in a Swedish court. He was granted a
                                                                     Swedish Institute scholarship to the University of Groningen
                                                                     and in 1999 he obtained the degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       in Karlsruhe. Every
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       year, five federal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       judges support the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “ Many universities have
 proved by the participation of teams coming from several
 continents.This year, the International Organising Commit-
                                                                     in European Law.                                                                                                                                  EDMC as the Panel                  realised that ELSA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       of Judges.
 tee, in co-operation with ELSA International, is proud to pres-     In autumn 1999, Mr. Swedenborg was a trainee at DG
 ent the third Edition of the Competition.                           Enterprise of the European Commission. Furthermore, he was                                                                                        In order to prepare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            makes a unique
                                                                     a law clerk at the County Administrative Court of Scania, for                                                                                     for the Regional
 Selected Papers on European Law (SPEL) combines high qual-
                                                                     two years (2000-2002). He was an Assistant to Charlotte                                                                                           Rounds, all partici-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         contribution to legal
 ity articles with providing a great opportunity for law stu-
                                                                     Cederschiöld, Vice-President of the European Parliament                                                                                           pants receive inten-
 dents and young lawyers to get ahead in their education. In
                                                                     2002-2003. He has also been responsible for the Committee                                                                                         sive coaching by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   education in Germany with
 this issue of Synergy, ELSA International has the great pleas-
 ure of introducing the new Editor for SPEL, Mr. Joakim Swe-
                                                                     on Legal Affairs and the Internal Market.
                                                                     Currently, Mr. Swedenborg is working as a free-lance translator
                                                                                                                                                         Final Round of the EDMC
                                                                                                                                                                                      firms sponsoring ELSA Germany, as their attorneys
                                                                                                                                                                                      share their trial experience. By now, the EDMC can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the EDMC.            ”
                                                                     at the European Court of Justice. Since May 2004, Mr
 Being active in the Academic Activities of ELSA challenges                                                                                                                           look back on a ten years tradition, which speaks for the importance and acceptance of the Competition.
                                                                     Swedenborg is a Course Director at the Academy of European
 law students in unique ways. I would like to seize this op-                                                                                                                          For the participants, the EDMC offers a great opportunity to make first experiences in court while still
                                                                     Law in Trier, Germany.
 portunity to encourage you all to challenge yourself in the                                                                                                                          being students.
 world of AA!                                                        ELSA International would like to thank Mr. Swedenborg for
                                                                                                                                                                                      Many universities have realised that ELSA makes a unique contribution to legal education in Germany
                                                                     assuming the responsibility of being Editor for SPEL and is
                                                                                                                                                                                      with the EDMC. In some faculties it is possible to receive soft skills’ certificates for participation in the
                                                                     looking forward to the future co-operation.
                                                                                                                                                                                      This year’s edition of the EDMC has just finished. After the Regional Rounds took place in Kiel and
                                                                                                                                                                                      Bayreuth in December 2004, the winners from ELSA Bielefeld (Simone Evke de Groot and Vanessa
                                                                                                                                                                                      Becker) and ELSA Bayreuth (Philipp Krusemarck and Soeren Bruening) met at the Federal High Court
                                                                                                                                                                                      for the final round on March 11th. After an exciting trial, ELSA Bayreuth emerged as winner.

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                  Andrew Stoler
                  University of Adelaide’s Institute                                                                                                                               Bernard Kuiten
                  for International Business, Economics & Law                                                                                                                      World Trade Organization

 Former Deputy Director-General Excited About Hosting
 Asia-Pacific Round of ELSA WTO Moot Court Competition
                                                                                                                                                                  WTO - Not Just Your Average Trade Organization
 Andrew L. Stoler, the former Deputy Director-General of the              to the dispute settlement system and its workings and it is truly the
                                                                                                                                                                  About a year and a half ago, WTO Director-General Dr. Su-                and advocates have recognized this and added trade to their respec-
 World Trade Organization who now heads the University of                 jewel in the WTO’s crown.” “The system is becoming ever more
                                                                                                                                                                  pachai Pantitchpkadi sought the help of a group of eminent               tive agendas and haven‘t stopped pushing those since.But all the pub-
 Adelaide’s Institute for International Business, Economics &             sophisticated and it is important for young lawyers to start early in
                                                                                                                                                                  persons to examine the functioning of the World Trade Or-                lic and political fights over the pros and cons of trade rules or trade
 Law said he was delighted by ELSA’s selection of the Institute           building their understanding of how the WTO’s DSU operates. I
                                                                                                                                                                  ganization. Their mandate was clear: Is the WTO properly                 liberalization, makes you forget that trade draws more and more at-
 as the host for the February 2005 Asia-Pacific Round of its              can think of no better way to encourage the building of the
                                                                                                                                                                  equipped to deal with its present and future challenges and              tention from students and academics.A future generation of well-
 WTO Moot Court Competition.                                              appropriate legal skills than through this moot court competition.”
                                                                                                                                                                  what, if any, changes or improvements are needed?                        educated and jurisprudence driven experts is in the make.And this
 Stoler, whose responsibilities at the WTO (1999-2002) included           “We are very grateful here at the Institute to have the honour of                                                                                                is where ELSA comes in too.
                                                                                                                                                                  Now let us take a step back.This is the WTO we are talking about.
 dispute settlement, legal affairs and liaison with the WTO Standing      hosting this year’s regional competition in February and I am very
                                                                                                                                                                  An independent and fully fledged international organization that is      About two years ago, the WTO was approached by a group of en-
 Appellate Body, said he jumped at the chance for his Institute to        much looking forward to being involved in any way that I can” said
                                                                                                                                                                  part of an emerging and more global economic system.A result-ori-        thusiastic law students,seeking our help in organizing a Moot Court
 host the competition. “When I was at the WTO, I had direct access        Stoler.
                                                                                                                                                                  ented negotiating forum which brings together almost 150 gov-            Competition on WTO Law.As an economist, I did not have a clue
                                                                                                                                                                  ernments trying to sort out the trade problems they have with each       what they referred to but I was careful in hiding my ignorance from
                                                                                                                                                                  other. For which they set up binding rules,covered                                          these bright young students. Judging by the re-
                                                                                                                                                                  in the wide range of WTO agreements which lay                                               actions from my legal colleagues, this was some-
                                                                                                                                                                  the ground for international commerce.The rules                                             thing to pursue and support.Which is what we did.
                                                                                                                                                                  promote non-discrimination and predictability, al-                                          The third Moot Court Competition will be or-
                  Peter Reid
                                                                                                                                                                  low for fair competition and above all, encourage                                           ganized in April this year and I am keen to wel-
                  Director for Academic Activities
                  ELSA UK
                                                                                                                                                                  and support development and economic reform.
                                                                                                                                                                  And all of this is covered and guaranteed by a unique
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “ Trade has                      come to WTO an even bigger group of smart and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              eager students, the always professional and de-

 UK National Round –
                                                                                                                                                                  and well-functioning dispute settlement mecha-                                              manding ELSA team and tireless party-crowd that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    become                    will spare no effort to discover new clubs and bars

 ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law                                                                                                                           Why is an organization, only celebrating its 10th            a public good,                 in Geneva….

                                                                                                                                                                  anniversary this year, in need of self-reflection and                                       The ‘Turn your Future into an Adventure’ theme
 As the person responsible for organising the National Round of the       In the tradition of award ceremonies, the Competition would not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              as it should be
 ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law in the UK this
 year, I approached March 5th with trepidation and excitement. It
                                                                          have run so smoothly if it had not been for the help and support
                                                                          I received. So I would like to thank the judges who gave up their
                                                                                                                                                                  soul-searching. Essentially, because its success led to
                                                                                                                                                                  an unexpected mixture of economic, political and
                                                                                                                                                                  public attention.More than 20 countries joined the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ”       of the 2005 Moot Court is aptly chosen. It takes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              courage to dare the future instead of taking it for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              granted. My Director-General did this by taking
 had been a long journey from publicising the moot in 2004;               Saturday: Mark Clough QC (Ashurst), Iliaria Filippi (Mayer
                                                                                                                                                                  already 123 that were Members when the WTO                                                  the initiative I mentioned and the result is defi-
 registering teams, arranging judges and venue. However, the effort       Brown Rowe & Maw), Peter Crisp (Dean of BPP Law School),
                                                                                                                                                                  was established.Major disputes with potentially far-                                        nitely worth reading. The ‘Sutherland Report’,as
 on my part was small in comparison to the weeks of study and             Dr Lorand Bartels (University of Edinburgh) and Adnan Amkhan
                                                                                                                                                                  reaching economic and public consequences were                                              it is unofficially named after Chairman Peter
 practice that the teams put in to grapple with such a topical and        (Professor of International Business Law, BPP). I would also like
                                                                                                                                                                  fought and concluded, while WTO’s negotiating                                               Sutherland, is available from the WTO website
 contentious area of law.                                                 to thank Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for their financial
                                                                                                                                                                  agenda has not stopped growing, thereby reflecting                                          (www.wto.org) and I strongly recommend all
                                                                          support and commitment to international law, without which the
 Thankfully then, the National Round was a great success, with the                                                                                                the importance its Members attach to more rules and disciplines.         readers to take a careful look at it.Your future may be discussed in
                                                                          Moot could not have taken place.
 ELSA UK again seeing a very high standard from all the teams.                                                                                                    Trade policy is no longer exclusive or the territory of the minority,    there too and you had better be prepared for it.
 Mooters from LSE, University of London, University of Bristol,           I would also like to thank BPP Law School for providing an                              as much as trade knowledge (and its experts) has lost its nerdy,‘who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           By taking part in the Moot Court, regardless of whether making it
 Lincoln College Oxford, BPP Law School and City University               excellent venue for the Moot and for the use of their catering                          cares about trade’ image.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           to Geneva or not, young students show willingness to test their
 pitted themselves against each other through three gruelling             facilities. Finally, the ELSA UK team, ELSA London and the IOC
                                                                                                                                                                  Trade has become a public good, as it should be. It receives more        knowledge and have it judged by others. My compliments! As re-
 rounds.                                                                  for being a great help to me throughout the year.
                                                                                                                                                                  attention than ever before and from time to time, breathes contro-       gards those coming here in April, good luck!
 After a long day the team from City was victorious and is now            Despite the calls on my time, this has been one of the most                             versy and conflict. Politicians, parliaments as well as public leaders
 looking forward to mooting again in Geneva. The feedback from            satisfying projects with which I have been involved and I would
 judges constantly praised the quality of all the teams and needless to   encourage more ELSA Groups to bid for and hold their own
 say this made the task of picking winners and losers an onerous one.     National Rounds for next year’s competition.

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                        Kirsti Jullum Jensen
                                                                             John Ellul Sullivan                                                                               Espen Rostrup Nakstad
                        Vice President
                                                                             President                                                                                         Director for United Nations 2002/2003 2003/2004
                        Seminars & Conferences
                                                                             ELSA Malta                                                                                        ELSA International
                        ELSA International

                        Seminars &
                                                           Dream a little dream…
                                                           Come Through!
                                                                                                                                                            A leap for Humanity –
                        ELSA’s Seminars & Confer-
                        ences is all about opportuni-
                                                           Cherie Blair Seminar: Human Rights –
                                                                                                                                                            Ten years with the International Criminal Court
                        ties and challenges. It is the
                                                           A Catholic Perspective                                                                                                                                                                          ELSA members have attended ICC commissions at UN
                        opportunities we seek and          “Dreams are there to be achieved”:In ELSA Malta this is not just a state-                                                                                                                       Headquarters and conferences in European cities over the
                        the challenges we take that        ment, but a way of life. If we dream of something we try to achieve                                                                                                                             past ten years.
                        make a difference.                 it, no matter how impossible it may sound at the start.The dream was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           In light of the long and contentious way to The Hague,
                                                           achieved in 2003 with Carla Del Ponte, and it was achieved once
 Taking part, as an organiser or a participant, in one                                                                                                                                                                                                     it is truly remarkable that only seven years have passed
                                                           again last October, 2004 with Cherie Blair.
 of ELSA’s S&C events, thus seeking International                                                                                                                                                                                                          since the international community first met at the Rome
 perspectives and experiences, is both an invaluable       The dream started off much earlier though, way back in 2003, but unfortu-                                                                                                                       Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries in an effort
 opportunity, and the ultimate challenge.                  nately it all fell through due to Mrs. Blair’s numerous commitments.The                                                                                                                         to strengthen international justice mechanisms and bring
                                                           dream was taken up by the British High Commissioner,who made it a point                                                                                                                         an end to impunity.At the time, the fifty students repre-
 The importance of international experiences can           of principle to bring Mrs. Blair to Malta, together with ELSA Malta’s Patron                                                                                                                    senting ELSA International thought it impossible that five
 not be enhanced enough. During the past year,             Prof. David J.Attard. ELSA Malta was obviously roped in to make this sem-                                                                                                                       weeks of negotiations would result in the adoption of a
 internationally minded law students have been             inar a success with students.                                                                                                                                                                   treaty.Yet,on 17 July 1998 the Rome Statute was adopt-
 seeking more opportunities, taking on new chal-
                                                           Mrs. Blair, a Catholic herself, was extremely enthusiastic to be able to deliv-                                                                                                                 ed by an overwhelming majority of states.Predictions were
 lenges, and reaching higher peaks with a growing
                                                           er this seminar, as in Protestant England she did not have the chance to dis-                                                                                                                   made, however, that it would be decades before enough
 number of events, as well as an increasing number
                                                           cuss such matters.She enjoyed the interaction with students,and seemed ex-                                                                                                                      governments would make the political commitment to
 of participants. More than 40 International events
                                                           tremely warm to the whole University atmosphere.                                                                                                                                                bring the treaty into force. It is therefore an enormous
 will be taking place within the ELSA Network in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           achievement that the Court currently has 139 signato-
 upcoming months. International Seminars,Confer-
                                                                                                                                                            ELSA Delegation to the 3rd Session to the Assembly of States Parties to the ICC                ries and near 100 States Parties to its treaty.
 ences, Law Schools, Study Visits and ELSA Interna-
 tional Delegations will be offering our members                                                                                                                                                                                              During the past two years ELSA has continued to monitor signifi-
                                                                                                                                                            The past ten years have been marked by extraordinary events in the
 more and more opportunities. Events with high                                                                                                                                                                                                cant events impacting the Court's development at the United Na-
                                                                                                                                                            establishment of the world’s first-ever permanent International Crim-
 academic and social quality.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 tions. In 2003 the Assembly of States Parties elected the first cham-
                                                                                                                                                            inal Tribunal in The Hague. “The International Criminal Court”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ber of 18 judges for the Court. Soon the Assembly also nominated
 Hence, nothing could be more rewarding. Being in-                                                                                                          (ICC) came into existence in 2001,more than one hundred years af-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and formally elected Dr. Luis Moreno Ocampo as its Prosecutor.
 ternationally minded, seeking new impulses and                                                                                                             ter it was first called for. It is said to be one of the most important in-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Both State Parties to the ICC treaty,the Security Council (acting un-
 joining a common Network towards a common idea,                                                                                                            stitutions ever created.Unlike the International Court of Justice (ICJ)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              der ChapterVII of the UN Charter) and the Court's Prosecutor have
 is what enables individual and common results.                                                                                                             in The Hague, whose jurisdiction is restricted to States, the ICC will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the power to bring cases before the Court.
                                                                                                                                                            consider cases against individuals; and unlike the Rwandan and Yu-
 These successful results reflect the remarkable qual-
                                                                                                                                                            goslavian War Crimes Tribunals, created to consider crimes com-                   All in all, the United Nations, Governments and Non-Governmental
 ity and dedication in the Network. I would like to take
                                                                                                                                                            mitted during these conflicts, its jurisdiction will not be situation             Organisations have played significant facilitating roles in the process of
 this opportunity to thank all S&C’ers for their out-
                                                                                                                                                            specific.The ICC is particularly important, however, because it will              establishing a universal, independent and treaty-based International
 standing efforts, and all who support us in our work.
                                                                                                                                                            investigate the most heinous crimes known to the international com-               Criminal Court.ELSA has followed the process and contributed as part
 It is due to your remarkable quality, devotion                     Mrs Cherie Blair together with the National Board of ELSA Malta
                                                                                                                                                            munity, namely war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.                  of NGO legal expert teams for more than a decade.Our publications,
 and effort that opportunities and challenges are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              books and articles have been made available to law students worldwide,
 created.                                                  The walk to the Hall was one of my longest: will there be people, will there                     The success in creating this new tool of peace and justice has re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              both before and after the Rome Treaty Conference in 1998.
                                                           be the press, or as often has happened in the past, there will be just a few EL-                 quired enormous political effort and overcome serious opposition.
 It is always the time to act. Seek the opportunities
                                                           SA faithful? To be honest I was not ready for the scene that followed:the biggest                It is one of the best examples of what can be achieved through strong             It is only in the future however, that the repercussions of this work
 ELSA brings, and thereby develop your personal skills
                                                           University hall was jam packed, people sitting on the floor and standing up                      cooperation among governments, international organisations and                    will be fully visualised. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan described
 and professional interests; Challenge yourself!
                                                           on the side, over 200 people, squashed like sardines in a huge hall. Every                       civil society groups. The European Law Students’ Association has                  it as follows when he addressed the ICC judges at their inauguration
                                                           newspaper was present, the television, radio, website reporters and more.                        been part of the process from the early meetings of the ad hoc Com-               ceremony on 11th of March 2003;“Above all, however, this Court
                                                           As I said in the beginning: Dreams are there to be achieved, and we live by                      mittee in 1995, through the 1996-98 meetings of the ICC Prepara-                  is for those who might be victims in the future. If the Court lives up
                                                           that statement! However,I must thank the people that made this dream pos-                        tory Committee,the 1998 Rome Treaty Conference and the ten ses-                   to our expectations, they will not be victims, because would-be vi-
                                                           sible:The British High Commissioner Mr.Vincent Fean and the Patron of                            sions of the ICC Preparatory Commission in New York that paved                    olators will be deterred.”That is what the ICC is all about. Bringing
                                                           ELSA Malta Prof. David J.Attard.Through their work they put ELSA Mal-                            the way for the Assembly of States Parties. More than two hundred                 an end to centuries of impunity.
                                                           ta on everyone’s lips.

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                  Frederik Jahn                                                                                                                                                     Ingo-Julian Rösch
                  Head of Delegation                                                                                                                                                Head of Delegation

     East Side Story                                                                                                                                               Big Apple and the United Nations
     ELSA Delegation to the 43rd Session of the UN Commission for Social Development                                                                               ELSA Delegation to the 42nd Session of the UNCITRAL Working Group II on Arbitration
     at the UN Headquarters in New York City February 9th –18th 2005                                                                                               and Conciliation at the UN Headquarters in New York City January 10th – 14th 2005
 New York City on a sunny February morning. Christo’s Gates were                                                                                                                                                                                             Therefore, we decided to take a short Helicopter Flight
 being put together in Central Park. Kofi Annan had just left for Mu-                                                                                                                                                                                        over Manhattan instead of spending the rest of our day
 nich. Somewhere in Manhattan, a tiny ELSA Delegation was mak-                                                                                                                                                                                               in a row of sweating tourists and crying children.The
 ing its way past coffee-cup-wielding business men, fitness fanatics                                                                                                                                                                                         flight was incredible! Not only did the shuttle to the hel-
 and lots of cars to the 43rd Session of the Commission for Social                                                                                                                                                                                           icopter port include a short story about New York from
 Development.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                our crazy (in a lovely way) driver, but the helicopter al-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             so gave a wonderful and unique view over NewYork and
 The Commission for Social Development is a functional commis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             New Jersey. However, the most interesting part of our
 sion of the Economic and Social Council and consists of 46 mem-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             journey was yet to come.
 bers elected by UN ECOSOC.The 43rd session was devoted to the
 review of the 1995 World Summit for Social Development.The main                                                                                                                                                                                             On Monday it was time to get our badges and enter the
 focuses were on the links between the Copenhagen Summit and the                                                                                                                                                                                             Headquarters of the United Nations.What an amazing
 Millennium Development Goals, the development of the disabled,                         Mr Remigio Maradona and the ELSA Delegation                                                                                                                          feeling to walk past all the tourist groups (which might
 the effect of ageing societies and youth development.                        to the 43rd Session of the UN Commission for Social Development                                                                                                                have been waiting in front of the Empire State Building
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             a day before).Our plenary room was situated next to the
 The session turned out to be highly informative.The panel discus-        portunity to meet UN functionaries and other NGO representa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Security Council and we even observed a Security Coun-
 sions were vivid, with a lot of interaction between the panellists and   tives. It was not uncommon that speakers would stay for a little chat,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             cil Session addressing serious problems in Haiti. In Ple-
 the members.The high-level statements gave a very good overview          and thus we got together with many interesting personalities. I will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             nary,the ELSA delegation got its own seat with a big sign
 on what the respective governments do and what they see as the           never forget the story told by a former Sudanese child soldier, who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             saying:“The European Law Students’Association”.
 most urgent issues. Although most de-                                                               was no older than us, but had already seen
 velopment indicators have shown im-
 provement over the last decade, much
 work remains to be done.The problems
                                            “ The Commission for Social                              and lived through more than the average
                                                                                                     European in his fifties.                                                   The ELSA Delegation to the 42nd Session of
                                                                                                                                                                        the UNCITRAL Working Group II on Arbitration and Conciliation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The Sessions seemed to be quite long at first,but with reg-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ular and even more irregular coffee-breaks,which we spent in the del-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               egates-cafeteria, we got quite a few chances to chat with other dele-
                                                                                                    Being the true soccer fan that I am, I can-
 are as diverse as the countries in which        Development is a functional                        not resist mentioning that one day at the                      Frank Sinatra wrote a song about it, some people call it the capital of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               gates or to simply have an espresso. Since we were the youngest par-
 they arise.Thus,it was often stressed that                                                                                                                                                                                                    ticipants, we got lots of attention and were welcomed warmly by
                                                                                                    UN cafeteria, we met a cheerful Argen-                         the world but for sure it is one of the most interesting cities to visit.
 there is no “one size fits all”approach to  commission of the Economic and                         tine man whose badge read “Mr.Remigio                          New York! Five ELSA students had not only the chance to visit New
 social development. The Commission
                                                                                                    Maradona”. It soon became clear that the                       York, but also to participate at the 42nd session of the UNCITRAL           During the UN Session, we learned what it means to be “diplomat-
 also revised its own working methods                   Social Council and                          very cousin of famous Diego Maradona,                          Working Group II on Arbitration and Conciliation at the Headquar-           ic”:After the Chairman (from Mexico) was elected, every delegation
 to become more efficient.Two draft res-
                                                                                                    who some consider the best soccer player                       ters of the UN.What an amazing experience!                                  raised its flag to congratulate on the re-election.As being polite seems
 olutions were recommended to                        consists of 46 members                         of all times, was sitting at our table. Mr.                                                                                                to be important at the UN,none of the delegations really argued with
 ECOSOC for adoption, one contain-                                                                                                                                 Arriving on a Saturday,we met in a youth hostel we had found on the
 ing important passages on human rights
 protection for the disabled.
                                                  elected by UN ECOSOC.                     ”       Maradona works with WAFUNIF, which
                                                                                                    is a network of former UN interns and
                                                                                                    fellows, and has launched the initiative
                                                                                                                                                                   Internet. It was right next to Central Park and had an underground
                                                                                                                                                                   station just round the corner. Since we had never met before, we in-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               each other.They always explained that the distinguished delegate,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               speaking before, was right and that they appreciate his point but that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               they share another, not more intelligent, but different opinion. Nev-
                                                                                                                                                                   troduced ourselves and decided to visit the “Big Apple” together.As
 High-ranking World Bank and IMF experts, government ministers            Football 4 Peace, which takes advantage of soccer’s huge marketing                                                                                                   ertheless, nobody said, that the opinion of another country or anoth-
                                                                                                                                                                   one of our delegates lived in New York, we had a qualified city guide
 and university professors had signed up to speak, an impressive list.    impact to promote the United Nations.I dare say that this encounter                                                                                                  er delegate is frivolous and vexatious.
                                                                                                                                                                   to show us some interesting parts of Manhattan, including Ground
 The Department for Social Development took great care of us from         made up for not meeting Kofi.
                                                                                                                                                                   Zero,Times Square and the Statue of Liberty (which unfortunately was        Every ELSA member should experience what it is like, sitting in the
 the first day on.The facilities to hold side-events were provided for,
                                                                          Naturally, there is much more to New York than just the UN.The                           surrounded by fog).                                                         lobby of the United Nations, looking out of the window towards the
 as well as a forum for the NGOs.The outcome of this forum was pre-
                                                                          above-mentioned Gates,musicals,countless museums,shopping streets                                                                                                    Chrysler Building, having a chat with a security officer, and sitting in
 sented to the Commission, which in turn stressed the importance of                                                                                                Where to get the best view over NewYork? - Of course from the city’s
                                                                          and the places you discover just by taking the wrong subway.We sur-                                                                                                  the UN cafeteria with motivated people from all over the world.Spend
 the civil society.We had the feeling that the work of the NGOs was                                                                                                highest building - the Empire State Building.We arrived at an under-
                                                                          vived American “low fat low carb low taste” food, successfully nav-                                                                                                  an amazing week in NewYork,improve your English and learn for life.
 truly appreciated and that we were welcome to the Commission.                                                                                                     ground station just a few blocks from the Empire State Building and
                                                                          igated rush hour traffic, and upheld the ELSA spirit by roaming the                                                                                                  Visit the United Nations at the New York Headquarters.
                                                                                                                                                                   right at the exit, we found a queue.Walking by all the people, we re-
 Also very interesting for us were the side-events, which were held       clubs at night. A big Thank You to my fellow delegates Anne and
                                                                                                                                                                   alised that they were all waiting to enter the Empire State Building.
 during lunch time or in the evening. Side-events present a great op-     Paola for their superb work and the great time we had together!

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                                                                                                                                                                                         John Szemerey
                                                                                                                                                                                         for the DG Justice, Freedom and Security
                                                                                                                                                                                         The European Commission

                                                                                                                                                                      Keeping ahead in                           European Legal Practice
                                                                                                                                                                      The goalposts are moving! Who is to blame? What can we do?                        leading businessmen,top sportsmen,etc.She had sued several German
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        magazines who had published photographs of her and her children en-
                                                                                                                                                                      Do we run to the referee – or judge – and complain that it is not fair?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        joying their normal (private) lives.The German courts held that the mag-
                                                                                                                                                                      Or do we watch carefully where the goalposts have gone so that we can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        azines were entitled to publish the photos, as Princess Caroline was a
                                                                                                                                                                      still score goals?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        public figure and the public was entitled to know how she lived and
                                                                                                                                                                      One of the attractions of the legal profession has always been that the           what she did.
                                                                                                                                                                      goalposts often move. Laws change.What was wrong yesterday may not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        On appeal even the German Constitutional Court partly decided against
                                                                                                                                                                      be wrong today.What is wrong today may not be wrong tomorrow.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        her.It had ruled that photos of her children,either with her or on their
                                                                                                                                                                      A lawyer is only any good if he or she is con-                                                            own, could not be published. However, it up-
                                                                                                                                                                      stantly on the alert and constantly updating
                                                                                                                                                                      his/her knowledge.This means watching out for
                                                                                                                                                                      changes in the law,whether introduced by par-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Laws             change.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What was wrong yesterday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                held the right of the magazines to publish oth-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                er snatched pictures of her private life.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Having exhausted all the possibilities of appeal
                                                                                                                                                                      liament or by court decision. ELSA members
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 through the national courts the princess took
                                                                                                                                                                      of course already know this.                              may not be wrong today.                          her case to the European Court of Human
                                                                                                                                                                      But what many national lawyers,and even some               What is wrong today                             Rights.After careful consideration of the case
                                                                                                                                                                      judges,do not realise is that in Europe the goal-                                                          it overruled all the German courts and gave
                                                                                                                                                                      posts have moved. Being a good lawyer in                    may not be wrong                               Princes Caroline the protection she sought.
                                                                                                                                                                      Europe does not only entail knowing the                         tomorrow.
                                                                                                                                                                      national law and how to apply it, but also
                                                                                                                                                                      knowing European Union law and the Euro-                                                 ”                Its ruling forbids the publication or broadcast-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ing of photos or written information about the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                private lives of “second level” public figures,
                                                                                                                                                                      pean Convention of Human Rights … and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        where the photos or information have no news value nor contribute
                                                                                                                                                                      watching cases at the two European courts – the EU Court of Justice
                    Ida Lindholm                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to debates of public interest. It now applies, like all rulings of the Hu-
                                                                                                                                                                      in Luxembourg and the European Human Rights Court in Strasbourg
                    Vice President Marketing                                                                                                                                                                                                            man Rights Court, in all 46 countries that are signatories of the Euro-
                                                                                                                                                                      – as their judgements apply throughout the 25 states of the European
                    ELSA Sweden                                                                                                                                                                                                                         pean Convention of Human Rights.The law on what may and may
                                                                                                                                                                      Union (Luxembourg court) or the 46 states that are members of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        not be published about such second level public persons has thus been
                                                                                                                                                                      Council of Europe (Strasbourg court).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tightened up in many countries that may not even be aware of the
 Legal English – More than ‘Objection Your Honour’                                                                                                                    If,as can well happen,a national court decides it will apply national law         change.
                                                                                                                                                                      or national jurisprudence,this can and should be overturned on appeal
 On a bitter cold evening at the end of February, a new but well-           The lectures are held in a variety of legal areas, such as: Contract law,                                                                                                   The case of Steel and Morris v. the United Kingdom, better known as
                                                                                                                                                                      either by a higher national court or by the Luxembourg or Strasbourg
 known project started in Stockholm, namely a series of lectures in         Intellectual Property Law, Human Rights, Environmental Law,Ar-                                                                                                              the McLibel Case, makes two similarly fundamental points.
                                                                                                                                                                      court if the national court’s ruling clashes with a decision by one of the
 Legal English. The idea originally came from the Local Group of            bitration, Legal persuasion in English and more.The lecturers have                        two European courts.Logically,these courts would apply the same rea-              Helen Steel and David Morris, two environmental campaigners, were
 ELSA Lund which,for a couple of years has annually organised a sim-        varying expertise; such as law firms, public services, Universities and                   soning that they have applied in previous cases before them, irrespec-            sued for libel by the American food chain McDonalds as they were in-
 ilar, very successful, event.There is a need for this kind of project in   companies.To make the project as broad and all-round as possible the                      tive of the European country in which the case originated.And if the              volved in the production of a leaflet claiming that McDonalds exploited
 our country since there is simply not enough legal English taught at       series of lectures focus on linguistic matters and are connected with                     decision was never reported in the national media of other European               children,that its food was unhealthy and that it was partly to blame for
 the law schools.                                                           different areas where the English language is important and fre-                          countries, that is no excuse for not being aware of it.                           the destruction of the rainforests.They had been denied legal aid and,
                                                                            quently used.The main goal was to avoid having a purely theoreti-                                                                                                           after a case lasting nine years and six months, during which they de-
 It is a fact that employers seek students with strong knowledge in Eng-                                                                                              European law is also national law.Where the two clash, the European
                                                                            cal row of lectures, and instead make them more interactive and end                                                                                                         fended themselves,they were found guilty of libel and were ordered to
 lish.Today, it is no longer simply an added benefit, it is a must when                                                                                               law has precedence. A bright lawyer who is up to date with the two
                                                                            the series of lectures with a seminar where the participants have the                                                                                                       pay McDonalds £70,000 in damages.
 you apply for a legal job in Sweden.Therefore,the importance of in-                                                                                                  European courts’ judgements may well be able to draw on the princi-
                                                                            chance to put their acquired knowledge into practise.                                     ples they lay down to win cases anywhere in Europe.                               The European Court held that they had not had a fair hearing, so the
 cluding legal English in our studies cannot be ignored.The law fac-
 ulty has been very supportive of this project and Peter Seipel, LLD        The response to this project has been amazing, both from students,                                                                                                          UK courts’judgement could not stand,and that in ruling against them
                                                                                                                                                                      Two recent rulings by the European Court of Human Rights illustrate
 Professor of Law and Informatics and Dean at the Faculty of Law says:      the law faculty, sponsors and externals.The 60 seats were filled in a                                                                                                       the UK courts had denied them reasonable freedom of expression to
                                                                                                                                                                      this point.The first is the case ofVon Hannover v.Germany,and the sec-
                                                                            couple of days and there were many people who applied but did not                                                                                                           which they were entitled under the Human Rights Convention and
         “The Stockholm University Faculty of Law welcomes                                                                                                            ond the case of Steel and Morris v. the United Kingdom.
                                                                            get in.The future of the project looks very bright and perhaps in the                                                                                                       which was “necessary in a democratic society”.The principles laid down
     the ELSA initiative "Legal English".The series of lectures both                                                                                                  In the first, Princess Caroline of Monaco increased the protection of             in these rulings – which of course need to be read in full to be appre-
                                                                            end some of our law faculties will make a legal English course a part
     complements the regular curriculum and supports its further                                                                                                      the private lives of public persons who are public figures through their          ciated and used correctly – now apply in all 46 countries that are mem-
                                                                            of the regular curriculum!
                             development.”                                                                                                                            close relationship with public people such as royalty,politicians,film stars,     bers of the Council of Europe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                       Morten Amundsen        Kjetil Helvig           Lars Ole Sikkeland
                  Anne Ala-Nissilä                                                                                                                                                                     Treasurer              Treasurer               Member
                  Head of OC                                                                                                                                                                           ELSA Oslo              ELSA Norway             ELSA Oslo

 Study Visit to Luxembourg and Brussels                                                                                                                             International Trade & Corruption –
 The Finnish winter is cold, dark and extremely long. During such         Every speaker regardless of education or position, told us about the
 a winter in the beginning of 2004, two ambitious S&C officers            importance of the French language. Even though English is con-                            the battle for transparency
 decided to organize a study visit for 35 students from the 4th-          stantly becoming more important, it was very surprising to notice
                                                                                                                                                                    In September - October 2004, ELSA Oslo organised a sem-
 13th of September 2004.                                                  the strong position of French. We were told about trainee pro-
                                                                                                                                                                    inar on “International Trade & Corruption”. It took place in
                                                                          grammes and several possibilities of working with the organs of
 We wanted to visit as many places as possible during our trip of                                                                                                   Oslo, and lasted three days. More than 100 enthusiastic
                                                                          the European Union. It was very motivating to our group to actu-
 nine days.We arranged the visits five months before the actual date                                                                                                students and business participants showed up for exciting
                                                                          ally see the departments of the European Union and hear what it
 and all places welcomed us warmly. Our hosts were very hos-                                                                                                        lectures and flaring debates.
                                                                          is like to work in Brussels. Everything which seems to be abstract
 pitable and they took our wishes well into consideration. We
                                                                          and far away from our lives became suddenly concrete and a seri-                          One year earlier, five students met in the ELSA office at the
 planned the topics of the lectures beforehand with our professor
                                                                          ous option for the future! It is self-evident that there are plenty of                    University of Oslo. After a brainstorming session which flowed
 of EU law. Our group visited the European Parliament, European
                                                                          applicants for most of the posts but in particular young and talent-                      with ideas, they all agreed on a topic they found extremely inter-
 Commission, European Investment Bank, and the Court of Jus-
                                                                          ed lawyers from new member states are more than wanted.                                   esting. A topic which had been frequently discussed in the
 tice of the European Communities. Some of the hosts even grant-
                                                                                                                                                                    Norwegian as well as European press during the past year. A topic
 ed us financial support which enabled ELSA Turku to offer its            During our study visit we had enough time to visit ELSA Copen-
                                                                                                                                                                    that law students in particular should be concerned to learn more
 members a very cheap trip to visit the important organs of the           hagen in Denmark and the ELSA House in Brussels.Thank you for
                                                                                                                                                                    about and a topic that deserves much greater attention in law
 European Union.                                                          your hospitality once again! It was very nice to meet ELSA colleagues
                                                                                                                                                                    school curricula than it presently receives. We wanted to host a
                                                                          around Europe and to feel the ELSA Spirit wherever we travelled.
                                                                                                                                                                    seminar on Trade and Corruption!
                                                                                                                                                                    But what is corruption really all about? We spent a LOT of time
                                                                                                                                                                    in the beginning trying to define different approaches to the issue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The seminar took place in the main auditorium at the University of Oslo
                  Zsófia Bitai                                    Julianna Koppány                                                                                  at hand. After several meetings with potential lecturers and others,
                  President                                       Vice President Seminars & Conferences                                                             we began to see the contours of the academic programme.
                  ELSA Budapest                                   ELSA Budapest
                                                                                                                                                                    Throughout the year, we worked on                                                                 Global Programme against Corruption,
                                                                                                                                                                    improving the academic programme, get-                                                            Dr. Petter Langseth. Friday’s debate was
 International Seminars in Budapest                                                                                                                                 ting hold of sponsors and making sure that                                                        perhaps even livelier than Thursday’s, and

 Seminar on the Law and the Economy of the European Union
 The first event took place from the 8th to the 10th of October 2004
                                                                          Perspectives for Young Lawyers in International Criminal
                                                                          & European Justice
                                                                                                                                                                    all the practical arrangements came into
                                                                                                                                                                    place. On September 29th, five had turned
                                                                                                                                                                    into fifteen, and participants from all over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “ Corruption                              was thus a proper finish for a well
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      accomplished academic programme.

 at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Law and             The second seminar was held on the 18th-20th of February 2005 at                                                                                                                            We experienced a very positive feedback
 Political Sciences. The main aim of this Seminar was to make law         the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Law and Politi-
                                                                                                                                                                    Europe arrived in Oslo full of expecta-                      is nature's                          from the participants, something made us
                                                                                                                                                                    tions, anticipation and not the least full of
 students acquainted with the situation of the new Member States of       cal Sciences.The main goal of the Seminar was to give young lawyers                                                                                                                         very happy. But even better was the fact
 the European Union, how the enlargement has been dealt with, the         of today a view on the current and developing Jurisprudence of the
                                                                                                                                                                    that good old ELSA spirit.                                        way                             that the daytime success resulted in a no
 requirements and the current tasks and obligations set by the EU.        International Criminal and European Law and Justice.                                      The social programme kicked right off on                                                          less successful social programme. The
                                                                                                                                                                    the first night with dinner out and then
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of restoring                         seminar ended with a stunning Saturday
 The Seminar contained a main introduction to this field of law, the      The Seminar therefore focused more on the practical than on the the-
                                                                                                                                                                    drinks at the ELSA office. Lectures started                                                       banquet lasting well into dawn.
 Constitution of the EU, Institutions of the European Community,          oretical side of the issue.The first session was dedicated to the theory
                                                                                                                                                                    at 9 am next morning with an introduc-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   our faith
 Economy after the Enlargement, Environmental law of the EU,              and the main introduction to this field of law, featuring great profes-                                                                                                              If you missed all this, do not despair as
                                                                                                                                                                    tion to the international legal regime
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               in democracy
 Youth and Education Policy and Workshops.The two main lectur-
 ers were: Prof. Dr. Katalin Botos – the former Hungarian Minister
 of Economy, who talked about the situation in Hungary and the fu-
                                                                          sors of the two Law Faculties of Budapest: Prof. Dr. Katalin Gönczöl
                                                                          – the first ombudsman of Hungary and currently a honorary Minis-
                                                                          terial Commissioner of Criminal Policy and Prof.Dr.Erich Kussbach
                                                                                                                                                                    concerning corruption. After lunch, the
                                                                                                                                                                    lecturers brought us deeper within the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Peter Ustinov
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ”          you will have another chance this fall!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Both ELSA Oslo and ELSA Bergen are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               well into the planning of their seminars.
                                                                                                                                                                    business-perspective with, among others, a
 ture possibilities concerning the Common Market; and Dr. Péter           – former employee at the International Committee of the Red Cross                                                                                                                    This year’s topic in Oslo will be
                                                                                                                                                                    lecture by Mrs. Eva Joly. A lively round of
 Balázs – former Commissioner of Hungary to the European Union,           (ICRC).The second session focused more on the practical aspects and                                                                                                                  Biotechnology and the law, and in
                                                                                                                                                                    debate marked the end of the lectures in
 who gave a proper overview of the work and daily life at the Euro-       the experiences of young and talented professionals across the world.                                                                                                                Bergen Freedom of Speech, Press and
                                                                                                                                                                    day one.
 pean Commission.                                                         We had the honour of welcoming two great lecturers from abroad:Prof.                                                                                                                 Democracy. So do not wait, log on to
                                                                          Allan F.Tatham – British barrister, who gave a lecture on the main                        Friday’s focus was primarily on international organisations and www.elsa.no today and sign up! We hope to see you there, and we
 The Seminar came across a wide scope of issues, but we did not on-
                                                                          guidelines of the legal profession in the European Union.The other                        their effort in fighting corruption.The organisations present were can promise you that this is something you will not regret (nor
 ly want a weekend full of brainstorming. Consequently, we organ-
                                                                          lecturer,James Stewart – currently employed at the ICRC – talked about                    the Red Cross, EU and the UN, represented by its manager for the forget)!
 ised a diverse social programme, to live up to the expectations of the
                                                                          his personal experiences at the International Criminal Tribunal in
 participants concerning ELSA events.
                                                                          Rwanda, not without mentioning the ”true to the bone” details.

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                                                                                                    Angela Wank, Nick                                                      Edouard Faizoulline
                        Vice President Student Trainee
                                                                                                    StasevichClara Mager                                                   Partner                                                                  Sonia Gumpert                           Fiona Borthwick
                        Exchange Programme
                                                                                                    Butzel Long, P.C.                                                      Young and Wassermann LLP                                                 mmm&m, Madrid                           mmm&m, Madrid
                        ELSA International

                        Student Trainee                        Interning in Detroit at one of                                                            Reasons for participating in                                              Traineeship at mmm&m
                        Exchange                               Michigan’s leading law firms                                                              STEP in Russia                                                            in Madrid
                          It is said that there are no peaks
                                                               "Butzel Long"                                                                             Young and Wassermann Law Firm offers legal advisory services              Dear ELSA members and friends,
                                                                                                                                                         and is known for its main focus on Intellectual Property Law.The
                          too high, just wings that are too    Globalization and International business is becoming more and more                                                                                                  It is an honour and a pleasure for mmm&m,to have been invited by the Span-
                                                                                                                                                         company is based in Moscow,the heart of Russia,providing prom-
                          small. We live in a world where      important as companies continue to locate worldwide.The USA is                                                                                                      ish STEP team to share our recent STEP experience with you all.
                                                                                                                                                         ising opportunities for business development and a fast growing
                          borders disappear more and           a perfect place to obtain an internship that will provide internation-
                                                                                                                                                         demand for intellectual property rights protection.                       A few words about us. Not so long ago we, the lawyers and partners at
                          more. For us, law students, as for   al experience as it is Europe’s number one trading partner.Butzel Long
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   mmm&m, were law students and as such very much concerned with our
                          every future professional, this      in Detroit, Michigan has partnered with ELSA to expand the Euro-                          I was President of ELSA Russia in 2002, and am therefore famil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   international training and opportunities,as we know ELSA members are.In
 means we have to be more flexible and aware of glob-          pean internship program it founded in 1998.                                               iar with ELSA’s work in providing traineeship opportunities for law
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   fact,the international vocation,common to both ELSA and mmm&m,was
 al issues, cultural differences and backgrounds, and in-                                                                                                students through the Student Trainee Exchange Programme.
                                                               Since Butzel Long’s founding in 1854, the law firm has played a                                                                                                     the factor in the foundation of mmm&m in 1989 that brought us together
 ternational co-operation. If the criterion is how much        prominent role in the development of Detroit as an industrial and                         Why do we need a trainee?                                                 from our different origins,countries,languages and mentalities and contin-
 we need to know outside the national framework, our           manufacturing centre.General Motors,Ford,the Dodge Brothers and                           Young and Wassermann have established contacts throughout the             ues to move us forward.mmm&m matured and is now principally active in
 peaks get higher and keep growing.                            the Fisher Brothers all relied on Butzel Long. The firm has 220                           world,especially in Europe.At the moment we are trying to get em-         the international sphere, not only as regards client work but also regarding
 STEP is the biggest exchange programme in Europe and          lawyers and is a founding member of Lex Mundi, the world’s lead-                          ployees acquainted with international standards and practice.             membership and involvement of mmm&m lawyers in a large number of
 in the world. I always felt STEP as the most complete EL-     ing association of independent law firms.                                                 To fulfil this task we offer study trips to European law firms and        international legal associations. mmm&m has a clearly international,
 SA experience, reaching the very essence of ELSA through                                                                                                traineeships.At the current stage we see the second option as more        multicultural and multilingual profile, which you can learn more about at
                                                               Business     leaders
 it: contact with the legal world, practical approach, the                                                                                               effective for our associates and therefore we offer a traineeship         www.mmmm.es.
                                                               seeking innovative
 international aspect, the cultural exchange. It is the on-                                                                                              opportunity in our company.We welcome successful graduates,
                                                               solutions continue to                                                                                                                                               As a reflection on our experience with ELSA and STEP, we have been
 ly programme totally relying on networking, on com-                                                                                                     who are fluent in Russian and English and have sufficient intern-
                                                               turn to us for effec-                                                                                                                                               delighted by the efficiency and professionalism of our dealings with ELSA
 munication – on removing borders and building bridges.                                                                                                  ship experience in European law firms.We value candidates, who
                                                               tive legal counsel.                                                                                                                                                 Spain and in particular with the National Board.
                                                                                                                                                         possess active communicative skills,have the ability for intensive work
 For a European law student, STEP is the first step to a       The firm strives to
                                                                                                                                                         and fast learning and are able to take responsibility for their duties.   Why did mmm&m join STEP?
 bigger world. For a future professional in the legal field,   be on the cutting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   We got involved for a number of reasons but particularly because Fiona
 the experience in a different legal system is a great ad-     edge of significant                                                                       What can be gained?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Borthwick, as a former member of ELSA, acted as liaison between ELSA
 vantage and there is much more to STEP than just the          trends and develop-                                                                       We represent our clients in different countries and plan to rapidly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and mmm&m and was a key in getting ELSA’s message across to the deci-
                                                               ments in the business                                                                     develop this trend further. Our lawyers work with foreign legisla-
 professional aspect – a priceless cultural experience.                                                                                                                                                                            sion-makers.Having said that,mmm&m were also receptive to ELSA’s and
                                                               world. We represent                    Detroit City                                       tion in Intellectual Property. Co-operating with ELSA regarding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   STEP’s philosophy and simply happy to host law students from around
 For an employer, STEP is an opportunity to bring young        more than 8,000 clients from many business sectors and with a wide                        STEP helps both associates and trainees to expand their under-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Europe and thereby contribute, as far as we are able, to their international
 highly motivated foreign law students to their firm,          range of interests. There are hundreds of European companies in                           standing of basic principles and ideas of law in Europe and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   legal and professional training.In that sense,we are without a doubt in a po-
 students who are internationally minded and have dif-         Michigan,many of which are our clients,so the firm constantly seeks                       compare them with the Russian norms.We go for a full and deep
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   sition to offer to STEPers a complete vision of the tasks,duties and concerns
 ferent legal backgrounds. Building bridges to other mar-      to improve its performance.                                                               perception of our clients’ needs. Consequently, such teamwork
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of a legal practitioner,not only with regard to strict legal aspects,such as the
 kets (where the clients of the firm or the firm itself                                                                                                  would enhance our expertise in law of European countries.This
                                                               Due to the significant share of legal matters involving European is-                                                                                                practical comprehension and application of law, but also dealing with
 have interests) is the natural way of development.                                                                                                      would help us to provide an adequate and professional service to
                                                               sues, there is a great opportunity for European interns at our law                                                                                                  common professional issues,such as dealing with the client,the opposing par-
                                                                                                                                                         our clients.
 So, what is it that makes STEP so special? STEP helps you     firm. Butzel Long’s European internship programme is designed to                                                                                                    ty and the institutions and authorities commonly involved in legal matters.
 grow wings, regardless of what “side” you are on: stu-        promote insight into different law systems, legal practices and meth-                     Such partnership, in our view, would bring positive experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   However,we confess that there was a less altruistic reason for us to join STEP.
 dent, employer or STEPer. There will always be higher         ods. As a new supporter of ELSA, Butzel Long hopes to develop a                           both to trainees and employees.The trainees would contribute their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   We immediately thought of how much we could learn from STEPers. In
 peaks to conquer, higher aims to reach for, greater           strong co-operation, in order to continue to find suitable interns.                       knowledge of international practice and our specialists would also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the, as you will already know, tough legal services market, the enthusiasm,
 dreams. But the first step towards reaching your po-                                                                                                    grant them back with the skills and experience they gained from
                                                               Butzel’s previous business experiences will enable the interns to learn                                                                                             strength and imagination of the debutante lawyers are together with hard work
 tential and spreading your wings can be - STEP.                                                                                                         working on the Russian market.Trainees,as a rule being young and
                                                               both aspects of the legal environment. Interns experience the daily                                                                                                 the key to personal satisfaction and to professional success. So, we expect
                                                                                                                                                         hungry for new exciting experiences, would also have a chance to
                                                               life and process of an American law firm and receive excellent train-                                                                                               "our" STEPers to particularly contribute by maintaining and renewing the
                                                                                                                                                         travel and get to know a new culture.
                                                               ing in various fields of law. Our interns are provided the opportuni-                                                                                               joy and illusion of being a practising lawyer.
                                                               ty to attend many interesting seminars, dinner receptions and sport                       At the same time, we understand that there is more to do in this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Let us hope that with this message students particularly in Spain will be
                                                               events including basketball, baseball and football.                                       field, as we sometimes face difficulties in foreign cases. So we look
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   encouraged to get involved in ELSA and other Spanish law firms will
                                                                                                                                                         to the future with the intention of finding new partners and friends
                                                               Butzel’s location at the Great Lakes provides many opportunities to                                                                                                 consider taking on STEPers.Working together, things can only get better.
                                                                                                                                                         to develop our relationships.We would like to use this opportuni-
                                                               enjoy hiking,sailing,golfing and much more.All interns at Butzel Long
                                                                                                                                                         ty to welcome all who see their future in Intellectual Property and       We wish you all the best and hope to see you soon in Madrid!
                                                               have had great and unforgettable internships.
                                                                                                                                                         want to build their international career in this area.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Jonathan Agar
                                                                                                                                                                                  Law and French University of Bristol

                                                                                                                                                                 Why I want to apply for a STEP traineeship
                                                                                                                                                                 Following my year studying French Law at the Universite De Poitiers     Britain or abroad. I hope that STEP will help me to come to a
                                                                                                                                                                 in France my career interests have increasingly centred on European     decision as to whether I wish to begin my career in the UK or over-
                                                                                                                                                                 Law.I immensely enjoyed studying in another country,being able to       seas. I am keen to learn the language of the country in which I will
                                                                                                                                                                 contrast and compare the cultural and academic elements of France       be placed or, in the case of French and Spanish, improve upon it.
                                                                                                                                                                 with that of my home country. I am now ready for a new challenge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         With EU legislation and decisions from the ECJ becoming
                                                                                                                                                                 – a STEP traineeship. I hope that STEP will provide me with a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         increasingly influential in all European countries I hope that STEP
                                                                                                                                                                 similar experience but in a professional context. Having been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         will allow me to understand the influence of these institutions in a
                                                                                                                                                                 involved with European Mooting competitions while in Bristol,I met
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         more international context. I hope to pursue a career in European
                                                                                                                                                                 a number of European students who participated in STEP and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Law following my masters in European Legal Studies next year and
                                                                                                                                                                 highly recommended it. Such reports convinced me that STEP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I believe that STEP will provide me with a fantastic basis on which
                                                                                                                                                                 represents a fantastic way for me to further my law career while
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I can begin my professional life.The opportunity of living,in the true
                                                                                                                                                                 also furthering my general awareness of European culture.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         sense of the word, rather than being a tourist, in another country is
                                                                                                                                                                 STEP provides a great opportunity for students such as myself to        also a motivating factor.I love meeting people from other countries,
                                                                                                                                                                 gain an insight into the workings of a legal firm or institution in a   displayed by my founding of the University of Bristol Erasmus
                                                                                                                                                                 foreign country, something that I believe will benefit me on both a     society on my return from France, and would relish the opportuni-
                                                                                                                                                                 professional and personal level in the future whether working in        ty to do so when on my placement with STEP.

                                                                                                                                                                     What is
                  William Page
                  Vice President Student Trainee Exchange Programme
                  ELSA UK

 The Review Board for STEP                                                                                                                                           reception ?
 In the UK we are using a way in which we assess the quality of         Finally, the Review Board is chaired or led by an experienced                                Before and during a traineeship, ELSA
 students applying for STEP.A Review Board interviews students to       ELSA representative.The Review Board is facilitated by one or two
 ensure that they are suitable for the programme and comply with the    ELSA members who co-ordinate activities,welcome students and en-                             provides assistance with finding
 vision, purpose and values of our organisation.The students get to     sure that they are comfortable. The ELSA members involved feel
                                                                                                                                                                     accommodation, applying for visas and
 know us better and find out more about the programme in the            that it’s a great experience as they work with our partners discussing
 process.                                                               the programme and get to know the students applying much better.                             other documents (when necessary) and
 What is the Review Board?                                              What does it do?                                                                             organising social events to involve the
 A corporate,academic and ELSA representative make up the Review        The Review Board interviews the applicants,asking questions about
 Board.The academic representative can be anyone from the faculty       their resumé, motivations for applying, ELSA knowledge and                                   trainee in the daily life of the local
 or university.We have found that academics really appreciate being     general interests and hobbies. It is a two way process as the student                        community. These activities are known as
 involved as it allows them to get to know us better and see their      gets to know ELSA as well.
 students putting their academic skills into practical use.                                                                                                          “reception activities”. It is thus ensured
                                                                        Students like taking part in it as they get to know us and STEP
 The corporate representative can be a firm taking STEP trainees; a     better. Our partners value taking part as it gives them the                                  that the trainee has not only a professional
 sponsor;Advisory Board member or any firm you feel would like to       opportunity to see us carrying out STEP first-hand. Finally, the                             but also a special cultural experience in the
 be involved and could provide a business perspective to the Review     ELSA members enjoy running the Review Board as it helps us
 Board. Our partners benefit from being involved in the process as it   get to know the students better and ensure that the people we are                            hosting Group and that he leaves even
 helps them see what we do and get to know us better.                   sending abroad really will be the right people to have a great life-                         more motivated than he came.
                                                                        changing experience.

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                  Katia Girotto
                  Vice President Student Trainee Exchange Programme
                  ELSA Italy

 STEP in actual fact
 I got to know about ELSA three years ago, in a coffee bar, where a        The international contact between Local and Nationals Groups is
 friend of mine introduced me to the Association and its activities.What   fundamental for STEP.
 impressed me the most was the STEP programme.Since then,a long
                                                                           Offering a STEP traineeship, means offering the opportunity for
 time has passed, but I am still fascinated by what ELSA can offer
                                                                           ELSA members to visit your country and have a wonderful experi-
 through STEP.
                                                                           ence. Finding students is dependant on other Local Groups in
 STEP offers law students the possibility to obtain practical experi-      Europe promoting the programme and giving their members the
 ences abroad in law firms, enterprises and courts, to get in contact      opportunity to have an unforgettable experience abroad.
 with professional life and to approach the working life. A STEP
                                                                           The success of STEP thus relies on working together at the Inter-
 traineeship offers the opportunity to get to know a different culture,
                                                                           national level. Consequently, the soul of the STEP programme is to
 tradition as well as getting into contact with new people.Every year,
                                                                           be International, and to be the exact translation into the practise of
 hundreds of ELSA members take advantage of this opportunity,
                                                                           our philosophy statement:
 returning motivated and culturally enriched.
                                                                           “To contribute to legal education,to foster mutual understanding and
 STEP is a wonderful tool which connects the professionals with the
                                                                           to promote social responsibility of law students and young lawyers,
 students.Through the co-operation,the employer acquires resources
                                                                           providing opportunities for law students and young lawyers to learn
 working with competent and ambitious law students and the law
                                                                           about other cultures and legal systems in a spirit of critical dialogue
 student gains knowledge and skills.
                                                                           and scientific co-operation, assisting law students and young lawyers
 International experience is gained not only through the practical         to be internationally minded and professionally skilled.”
 part of the traineeships but also in the preparation periods.
                                                                           All this is ELSA in abstract
                                                                           All this is STEP in actual fact.

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