ELSA Kent is the local group of ELSA for the students based at the University of Kent, in Canterbury. It was founded in 2011 and received Observer Status in 2013. It is a full member of ELSA UK that has continued to grow as a prominent academic presence in the Kent law student community through the years. The group is affiliated with Kent Union and has more than 130 members.
- President – Quennie Bongcac (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Secretary-General – Sarah Mullane (email@example.com)
- Treasurer – Kendra Voogdt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Vice President for Marketing – Olivia Killian (email@example.com)
- Vice President for Academic Activities – Joanna Veimou (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Vice Presidents for the Student Trainee Exchange Programme (STEP) – Tanay Singhvi and Bella Berkinpar (email@example.com)
- Vice President for Moot Court Competitions (MCC) and Director for Finance – Abigail Simpson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Seminars and Conferences (S&C)
ELSA Kent annually organises two national institutional visits. ELSA Kent hosted a trip to the Houses of Parliament in October and a trip to the Supreme Court in November. These trips enable students to see first-hand the workings of MPs and Judges, as well as the beautiful historical settings that host these institutions. The Houses of Parliament visit included a meeting with Rosie Duffield, the Member of Parliament for the Canterbury constituency.
ELSA Kent members have attended international conferences throughout the ELSA network. Our members were in attendance at the International Conference on Energy Law organised by ELSA LSE SU, ELSA Queen Mary, ELSA King’s College London, and ELSA UCL.
We were able to provide funding to subsidise the travel costs of ELSA Kent members to attend the International Summit on Commercial Law and the International Conference on Comparative Law organised by ELSA Warsaw.
ELSA Kent’s Secretary General worked hard to organise a trip for students to Strasbourg this term to visit the European Court of Human Rights and the European Parliament. The trip also incorporated a short city break in Paris on the way back! Feedback from the trip was absolutely fantastic, with the focus of most students being on the exclusive meet and greet that they were able to have with Judge Robert Spano, the Icelandic Judge at the European Court of Human Rights. We were happy to collaborate on this trip with the Kent International Law Society.
The ELSA Summer Law School on Migration Law
ELSA Kent is proud to be the only group in the UK network to organise a Summer ELSA Law School. The ELSA Summer Law School on Migration Law is running its second edition between 17-24 June 2018.
The first edition ran in June 2017 with 100% satisfaction rate from the 30 international participants, chosen from more than 100 applications. The organisers were invited to detail the project in a featured editorial in KWIB magazine.
Our close-knit team on the Organising Committee cannot wait to welcome participants from all over the globe for this fantastic week!
Academic Activities (AA)
ELSA Kent organises termly academic book sales allowing students to pay course textbooks second-hand.
ELSA Kent has organised a number of academic lectures for Kent students to benefit from. This includes the organisation of two joint-events with the Current Affairs Society: a WikiLeaks seminar and a lecture on the Migration Crisis. We also worked alongside the Kent Critical Law Society to provide an informative talk for students regarding the Academic Strikes taking place in March 2018.
Our Secretary-General worked closely with both the Kent Critical Law Society and Kent International Law Society to provide students with a seminar on the topic of Space Law, an interesting topic currently gaining lots of interest.
Moot Court Competitions (MCC)
ELSA Kent was thrilled to be invited to send a team to the intercollegiate London Human Rights Moot Court Competition hosted by ELSA LSE SU. The competition was a fantastic event and the team of students participating gave overwhelmingly positive feedback on their experience.
Our Vice President for Moot Court Competitions assisted teams of ELSA Kent students to put themselves forward for ELSA International’s EMC2 and EHRMCC competitions.
The Vice Presidents for STEP have directed the programme according to its internationally coordinated cycle. The VPs have directed STEP according to its pre scheduled cycle. At the beginning of the academic year we started by advertising the traineeship program. This was the student hunting stage where we designed and put up posters and corresponded with students who showed an interest. Once hearing back from a number of students, we together scheduled meetings with them to help them further with their applications. Before they send it off, they show us their applications and their eligibility for our perusal then once we were certain that it meets the prerequisites of the vacant position we authorised it. Once the applications were sent off, we began preparing for the next cycle.
Prior to the second term, we researched and corresponded with as many traineeship providers possible. This was the job hunting stage. We together constructed a spreadsheet listing all the places we contacted. In the midst of the second term we organised a STEP day to introduce the program to students who are interested. The day was successful students enjoyed it and were engaged. Now were are back in the student hunting cycle trying to get as many students involved as possible.
Socials played an important role within ELSA Kent this year – starting off with an evening of pub golf, organised by our Secretary General. This was organised in collaboration with all other law societies at the University during Freshers Week, bringing together new and existing students for an unforgettable evening
In collaboration with Kent MUN, we organised a river boat tour around the historic City of Canterbury, taking in the beautiful sights in (relatively) good weather!
At the end of our first term, our VP AA worked closely with Kent MUN to organise a joint Christmas dinner social for our students. The evening consisted of a lot of eating, drinking and dancing.
The law societies came together again in the second term to organise a night of karaoke for our law students. The evening was well received and we hope it is an event that becomes an annual occurrence for ELSA Kent.