What is ELSA?
The European Law Students’ Association ELSA is the biggest independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization of law students and young lawyers.
ELSA was founded on 4th May 1981 in Vienna by students from Poland, Austria, Hungary and West Germany. Right now it has more than 30 000 active members: law students and young lawyers from 43 European countries. In Poland, ELSA is present in 16 cities where law faculties can be found: Białystok, Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Lublin, Łódź, Olsztyn, Opole, Poznań, Rzeszów, Słubice, Stalowa Wola, Szczecin, Toruń, Warszawa and Wrocław. More than 1500 Polish law students and young legal practitioners are its active members.
ELSA maintains and constantly fosters its relations with law students and young lawyers from all the continents and countries of the world, including the USA, Africa, South America and Japan. We cooperate with other students’ associations and also everyone who shares our ideas and goals. ELSA’s philosophy statement sets us a task to create “A just world in which there is respect for human dignity and cultural diversity”. We wish to develop understanding and respect of other people and legal cultures among our members.
The history of our Local Group, ELSA Warszawa, dates back to 1989.
Right now ELSA Warszawa has almost 200 active members who are law students from several law faculties of various universities, including the University of Warsaw, Lazarski University, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw and Kozminski University. Together we form a strong and well-organized team which every year carries out numerous local and national projects that always can boast the highest quality, eminent guests and known speakers. Our activity is coordinated by four statutory sections: Student Trainee Exchange Programme, Academic Activities, Seminars & Conferences and Marketing.