The Council of Europe (CoE), based in Strasbourg (France), now covers virtually the entire European continent, with its 47 member countries. Founded on 5 May 1949 by 10 countries, the Council of Europe seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only international organization dealing with the global rules of trade between nations. The goal of the WTO is to improve the welfare of the people of the Member Countries by ensuring that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible. The WTO currently consists of 161 Member Nations. As the WTO was born out of negotiations amongst the former GATT Contracting Parties, everything the WTO Members do are a result of negotiations. Therefore, the WTO, as an intergovernmental institution, is a place where Member governments seek to negotiate trade problems. The ELSA Moot Court Competition (EMC2) on WTO Law therefore supports the WTO’s enforcement of the international trade rules via the Dispute Settlement Understanding system.
The International Bar Association (IBA), established in 1947, is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world. The Association has a membership of 80,000 individual lawyers and 206 bar associations and law societies spanning all continents, and has considerable experience in providing assistance to the global legal community.
AIJA is the only global association devoted to lawyers and in-house counsels aged 45 and under. Through a wide range of meetings, seminars, law courses and advocacy, AIJA promotes professional cooperation and friendship among young career-building legal professionals on an international stage. A busy calendar of top-quality events and a unique platform for exceptional business and personal networking are what make AIJA the association to be part of.
DLA Piper is a global law firm with 4,200 lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, positioning us to help companies with their legal needs anywhere in the world. As a leading global law firm, DLA Piper believes that equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our business and are key components of our vision and values. We believe that fostering diversity and equality allows us to acquire the most talented people, to build the most effective teams for our clients and deliver the highest level of service. Therefore DLA Piper developed the Break Into Law program.
Interested in expanding your legal career options globally? If you are studying law you may be eligible to sit for a U.S. Bar Exam and become a U.S. attorney. BARBRI enables you to qualify as a US Attorney providing the only International Bar Review programme tailored to the needs of non-US law graduates and lawyers. You can study our innovative Home Study online course or in a classroom based in the UK, Ireland or Dubai.
Founded in 1843, The Economist is a weekly international news and business publication, offering clear reporting, commentary and analysis on global current affairs, business, finance, science and technology, culture, society, media and the arts.
It is firmly established as one of the world’s most authoritative and influential publications. The Economist is read by more of the world’s political and business leaders than any other magazine.
MEININGER is a unique hospitality product that combines the comfort of an international budget hotel with extraordinary facilities such as guest kitchens and game zones. Always centrally located, reasonably priced and modern, 17 hotels in eleven European cities offer ideal accommodation for city breaks, business travel, school trips, group tours, round-the-world trips and family excursions.
The Postgraduate School of Law at Queen Mary, University of London, is one of the leading law institutions in the UK for research and teaching and has a long tradition of attracting ELSA members, whom primarily join their extensive LLM programme and interdisciplinary taught Masters in Law, Economics and Finance. Apply for a £ 14,000 scholarship for their Dual LL.M. programme combining studies in Singapore and London!
IE Law School has over three decades of experience in offering LLM programs in partnership with IE Business School which combine legal and business administration course with a unique problem-solving approach. As partner of ELSA, IE Law School offers to ELSA members three scholarships of up to 30% of tuition fees for five different LL.M. programmes.
Católica Global School of Law of Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP) in Lisbon is a global centre of teaching and research, bringing together top European and American faculty and a bright and diverse international group of students. As an ELSA member you can apply for a full scholarship for LL.M. Law in a European and Global Context and Advanced LL.M. in International Business Law.
Severnvale Academy is a private English language school situated in central England. It was established over 30 years ago and offers Legal English tuition for law students and practising lawyers. Exclusively for ELSA members, Severnvale Academy is offering a free Test of Legal English Skills (TOLES) examination entry when booking a Legal English Course at Severnvale.
Since 1996 when it was founded, the company has accumulated experience in all IT&C sub-domains, currently providing clients expertise for the most complex projects. Certifications and qualifications of our team members, along with a wide range of partners, enable us to provide high quality IT&C services to those who wish to outsource their entire IT department or just a part of it.
Celebrating more than 125 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 800 lawyers in 18 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognized for the results it obtains, uncompromising commitment to quality and dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients.
Mayer Brown is a leading global law firm advising clients across the Americas, Europe and Asia. The firm is known for its client-focused approach to providing creative solutions to complex problems on behalf of businesses, governments and individuals. Our presence in the world’s leading markets enables us to offer clients access to local market knowledge combined with global reach. Our International Trade lawyers and practice professionals offer strategic advice, advocacy and litigation services to governments, trade associations and leading multinational companies that are seeking to profit from the opportunities presented by a global economy while mitigating the risks inherent in an increasingly complex regulatory environment. Our World Trade Organization (WTO) team advises governments and corporate clients on the full range of WTO rules that regulate trade in goods, services, and intellectual property. We have hands-on and in-depth experience with WTO dispute settlement proceedings, multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations, WTO accession, strategic trade and customs advice, and market access strategies.
Van Bael & Bellis is a leading independent law firm based in Brussels. Established in 1986, the firm houses a multinational team of lawyers who regularly advise a diverse group of clientele ranging from multinational corporations and government bodies to international trade associations and global law firms. Since its inception, the firm has developed a reputation as having one of the most skillful teams of lawyers centred in Europe with a global reach. Van Bael & Bellis is well known for its client-centred approach, its commitment to excellence and its extensive expertise in EU and national competition law, EU trade and customs law, EU regulatory law as well as Belgian business law. With nearly 70 lawyers from 20 countries, the firm offers clients a highly effective team of professionals with multi-jurisdictional expertise and an international perspective. Van Bael & Bellis has a second office in Geneva exclusively dedicated to WTO work. More information can be found on the website.
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (L&S) is a full service Indian law firm, operating through four practice verticals – International Trade, Taxation, Intellectual Property and Corporate laws. L&S India was founded in 1985 and currently has more than 300 professionals (lawyer, accountants, engineers and scientists) and 150 paralegals, secretaries and support staff located in 9 offices across India. L&S India services more than 2,500 regular clients including many Fortune 500 companies and leading European multinationals. L&S Sarl, incorporated in Geneva, works from a spacious office located in the district of ‘Nations’. The firm’s core area of practice is legal services relating to the laws and activities of the WTO, the United Nations and its allied organisations, the World Customs Organisation and the World Intellectual Property Organisation.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP is an international law firm widely recognized for vigorous advocacy in complex litigation and arbitration, successful representation of clients before governmental agencies, and creative and practical advice in guiding business transactions. The firm has more than 500 lawyers and other professionals in offices in Beijing, Brussels, Century City, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, Phoenix and Washington.
Supporting our clients around the globe White & Case is a truly global law firm, uniquely positioned to help our clients achieve their ambitions in today’s G20 world. As a pioneering international law firm, our cross-border experience and diverse team of local, US and English-qualified lawyers consistently deliver results for our clients. In both established and emerging markets, our lawyers are integral, long-standing members of the community, giving our clients insights into the local business environment alongside our experience in multiple jurisdictions. We work with some of the world’s most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned entities.