About the International Focus Programme

The International Focus Programme which is also known as IFP aims at raising awareness of a specific theme for whole ELSA Network over a fixed term. In this way, ELSA creates a forum where law students and young lawyers can combine their efforts, discuss and participate in various activities within a current theme. Likewise, it consolidates work and achievements of all ELSA groups, is reflected in concrete high standard results and gives an opportunity for law students to raise a voice and show up the diversity of their opinions and ideas.

This specific theme should be a “hot legal topic” chosen by the Council. This legal topic should be versatile, thereby representing ELSA’s cultural diversity; internationally relevant; with academic discussion potential and with impact on everyday life. The point of the International Focus Programme is therefore to get all the local and national groups of our Network to start organising events around the same topic; if done properly, this can become a major factor in forming the general opinion and mindset of young lawyers and law students. Most notably, it can help ensure that problematic issues of a certain topic are treated from a legal point of view. ELSA wants to have an impact on students and young lawyers and in society.

Environmental Law as the topic for the International Focus Programme

The present “hot legal topic” chosen is Environmental Law. The chosen theme considers that we, as law students and young lawyers, can have an impact on the environment we are living in, on the development of our own countries, Europe and even the world by giving law students and young lawyers all over Europe a voice. Humanity has had a constant inpact on environment and with International Focus Pogramme we can contribute to give law students and young lawyers an education sometimes out of their university curricula, giving the oportunity to create a better wold. Therefore, this International Focus Program on Environmental Law has two goals: firstly, to reassert the primary goals of ELSA, which are to encourage young lawyers and law students to fully realise their role in the forming of society and help them be up to the challenge; and secondly, to bring their attention on the long-neglected, yet essential legal topic that is Environmental Law. Environmental Law is a body of Law which regulates human activities which have an impact on the natural environment and thereby endanger it if left unregulated. Environmental Law also regulates and plans human activities that aim to preserve and replenish the environment. Environmental law it is wide and there are a lot of sub-topics. Such as:

  • Environmental protection law
    • Ocean and marine sources
    • Ozone and protection of the atmosphere
    • Protection of species and wildlife
    • Ecosystems and forests
  • Pollution law
    • Water and ground water
    • Air
    • Soil
  • General environmental law
    • National
    • European Union
    • Regional
    • International
  • Waste management law
    • Nuclear waste
    • Hazardous waste
    • Chemical safety
  • Sustainable development law


  • Climate change


  • Trade & Environmental law


  • Energy law
The history of the International Focus Programme

The International Focus Programme was introduced in 1995 to provide the ELSA network an opportunity to work together on different “hot legal topics”. There have been different specific themes since its introduction:

  • “A Just World: A new role for lawyers, legal education and law in development” (1995-1997)


  • “The Law of Peace in the year 2000 – current violations and effective enforcement of international law; the reform of international organisations” (1997-1999)


  • “Information Society – the Legal Challenges: Application of New Technologies, Protection of Individuals and the Legislative Response” (2000-2002)


  • Trade Law – a Way for Sustainable Development” (2003-2005)


  • “25 Years of Legal Development: UN in the 21st century; Environmental Law; harmonisation of the EU Law in the transition of Legal Systems” (2006-2007)


  • Intellectual Property Law” (2007 – 2010)


  • “Health Law” (2010-2012)


  • “Media Law” (2012-2015)


  • “Environmental Law” (2016-Today)
IFP Week

How ELSA will coordinate the work for all the network regarding International Focus Programme? Hosting IFP week. Similarly to ELSA day, we want to organise all the network and work together to realise a unique Environmental law forum and implement environment rights during the first week of April. This forum consists of coordinated ELSA events, organised for local and national groups and ELSA international. This is the first year of implementation of this IFP week and we want to coordinate events regarding Environmental Law that will take place all around the network. Join us and make this project a reality last week of April!

See the list of planned IFP Week Events below!

ELSA OSIJEK – 5/4/2017 – National Panel discussion in Osijek


ELSA OSIJEK – 4/4/2017 – Legal debate in Osijek

ELSA ITALY (National event)– 8/4/2017 – National moot court competition in Naples – More info: DALLA PRECAUZIONE AL DANNO: la nuova tutela penale dell’ambiente


ELSA UDINE – 7/4/2017 – Conference in Udine – More info: Ambiente: Un Valore Friulano. Tra Diritto, Arte e Vino


ELSA COSENZA – 3/4/2017 – Conference in Cosenza – More info: Ambiente tra Costituzione e Diritto – Seminario ELSA Cosenza


ELSA PARMA – 4/4/2017 – Lecture in Parma


ELSA MESSINA – 4/4/2017 – Conference in Messina – More info: Diritto dell’ambiente: profili amministrativi e penali


ELSA CAGLIARI – 6/4/2017 – Conference in Cagliari


ELSA MILANO – 5/4/2017 –Lawyers at work in Milano – More info: ELSA Milano e GOP: Environmental Law


ELSA LECCE – 5/4/2017 – Institutional visit in Lecce – More info: Pausa Caffè?


ELSA BENEVENTO – 10/4/2017 – Seminar in Benevento – More info: IFP: Ambiente ed Infrastrutture: verso uno sviluppo sostenibile.


ELSA PISA – 7/4/2017 – Conference in Pisa – More info: Che dire del valore della natura?


ELSA TERAMO – 11/4/2017 – Panel discussion in Teramo – More info: Environmental Law – ELSA Teramo


ELSA CATANIA – 8/4/2017 – Conference in Catania – More info: IFP: “Temi scelti di diritto ambientale”


ELSA SMCV – 2/4/2017 – Photo contest in Santa Maria Capua Vetere – More info: Concorso fotografico in DIRITTO AMBIENTALE


ELSA MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA – 10/4/2017 – Conference in Modena

ELSA MALTA (National event) – 5/4/2017 – National legal debate in Valletta – Land vs Property | Debate & Project Jurisprudence Launch

ELSA VALENCIA-UV – 6/4/2017 – Lecture in Valencia – More info: IFP Conference – Aproximación al Derecho ambiental


ELSA BARCELONA-UPF – 6/4/2017 – Lecture in Barcelona

ELSA ANKARA – 7/4/2017 – Institutional visit in Ankara

ELSA ROVANIEMI – 4/4/2017- Lecture in Rovaniemi – More info: IFP-viikko: ELSAn leirinuotioluennot


ELSA TURKU – 5/4/2017 – Seminar in Turku – More info: IFP-viikko: Paneeli – ristiriitoja ympäristöoikeudessa


ELSA ROVANIEMI – 7/4/2017- Alternative event in Rovaniemi

ELSA LATVIA (National event) – 5/4/2017 – National lecture in Riga – More info: ELSA Latvia lekcija: Vides tiesību aktualitātes

 ELSA SWEDEN (National event) – 5/4/2017 – National conference in Stockholm Föreläsning med Jonas Ebbesson


ELSA STOCKHOLM – 3/4/2017 – National lecture in Stockholm – More info: Temavecka inom Miljörätt


ELSA STOCKHOLM – 7/4/2017 – National essay competition in Stockholm


ELSA UPPSALA  – 6/4/2017 – Institutional visit in Uppsala – More info: ELSA Uppsala – IFP: Studiebesök till Mark- & miljööverdomstolen

ELSA KYIV – 5/4/2017 – Legal Workshop in Kyiv – More info: ELSA Workshop: Альтернативна енергетика


ELSA LVIV – 8/4/2017 – National essay competition ceremony in Lviv


ELSA LVIV – 5/4/2017 – Lecture in Lviv


ELSA KHARKIV – 4/4/2017 – Lecture in Kharkiv


ELSA SUMY – 6/4/2017 – lecture in Sumy


ELSA SUMY – 4/4/2017 – Seminar in Sumy


ELSA ODESSA – 7/4/2017 – National seminar in Odessa – More info: Еко-тренінг “Мисли глобально – дій локально”


ELSA UZHHOROD – 5/4/2017 – Lecture in Uzhhorod

ELSA SALZBURG – 4/4/2017 – Lecture in Salzburg – More info: IFP – Wasserrecht

ELSA BRNO – 11/4/2017 – Legal debate in Brno


ELSA OLOMOUC – 11/4/2017 – Cineforum in Olomuc


ELSA OLOMOUC – 10/4/2017 – Study visit in Ostrava

ELSA AIX-MARSEILLE – 5/4/2017 – Cineforum in Aix-en-Provence – More info:  Projection-débat du film TERRA – Association ELSA



ELSA LILLE – 6/4/2017 – Cineforum in LILLE – More info: CINE DEBAT TERRA



ELSA NANTES – 6/4/2017 – Cineforum in Nantes – More info: Ciné-débat TERRA



ELSA MONTPELLIER – 4/4/2017 – Legal café in Montpellier – More info: Café débat : “Sommes-nous face à une urgence écologique ?”

ELSA HUNGARY (National event) – 5/4/2017 – Panel discussion in Budapest – More info: ELSA – KPMG | Lawyers at Work


ELSA BUDAPEST – 5/4/2017 – Panel discussion in Budapest


ELSA GYÖR – 10/4/2017 – Lecture in Györ


ELSA PÉCS – 11/4/2017 – Panel discussion in Pécs

ELSA NORWAY (National event) – 3/4/2017 – Awareness campaign in Oslo – More info: Har domstolene siste ordet i norsk klimapolitikk?


ELSA OSLO – 4/4/2017 – Institutional visit and legal quiz in Oslo – More info: IFP – Besøk hos Advokatfirmaet Lund & Co


ELSA BERGEN – 5/4/2017 – National seminar in Bergen – More info: Miljøet og miljøretten


ELSA BERGEN – 6/4/2017 – Legal quiz in Bergen

ELSA SLOVAK REPUBLIC & BRATISLAVA – 7/4/2017 – Study visit in Bratislava – More info: Waste Management Law – Discussion & Case Study

ELSA UNITED KINGDOM (National event) – 7/4/2017 – Webinar in London – More info: Brexit and The Green Economy: What Now? PIEL Conference 2017


ELSA NOTTINGHAM – 4/4/2017 – Legal debate in Nottingham

ELSA AZERBAIJAN (National event) – 8/4/2017 – National panel discussion in Baku

ELSA POZNAN – 4/4/2017 – Panel discussion in Poznan – More info: Panel dyskusyjny: Prawo budowlane a ochrona środowiska


ELSA KRAKOW – 4/4/2017 – Panel discussion in Krakow – More info: Skarga zbiorowa w prawie środowiskowym


ELSA POZNAN – 4/4/2017 – Charity event in Poznan – More info: Zbiórka dla schroniska

ELSA GALATI – 4/4/2017 – Roundtable in Galati – More info: International Focus Programme-Dreptul mediului


ELSA CRAIOVA – 3/4/2017 – Seminar in Craiova


ELSA TÂRGU MUREȘ – 4/4/2017 – Panel discussion in Târgu Mureș


ELSA TIMISOARA – 4/4/2017 – Panel discussion in Timisoara – More info: Cafeneaua Juridica – Mediul din perspectiva juridica


ELSA CONSTANTA – 5/4/2017-  Cineforum in Constanta – More info: International Focus Programme – Environmental law


ELSA CLUJ-NAPOCA – 4/4/2017-  institutional visit in Cluj-Napoca – More info: International Focus Programme – Environmental Law


ELSA SIBIU– 5/4/2017 – Lecture in Sibiu


ELSA ORADEA– 4/4/2017 – Legal café in Oradea – More info: Cafenea Juridică – ELSA Oradea


ELSA IASI– 3/4/2017 – Conference in Iasi – More Info: EcoWorkshop


ELSA BUCHAREST– 4/4/2017 – Lecture in Bucharest – More info: Prelegerea „Bioterorismul – Amenințare azi, realitate mâine”


ELSA BRASOV– 4/4/2017 – Lecture in Brasov – More info: Cafenea Juridică: Dreptul mediului – aspecte integrate


ELSA SUCEAVA– 4/4/2017 – Panel discussion in Suceava – More info: International Focus Programme – Dreptul mediului

ELSA TILBURG – 5/4/2017 – Lecture in Tilburg – More info:  Lecture environmental law

For more information contact us at: seminarsconferences@elsa.org.