ELSA LSE SU is the Local Group of ELSA for students at the London School of Economics (LSE). It was founded in October 2017 and became an Observer group of ELSA UK at the National Council Meeting in Exeter in November 2017. At the 18th National Council Meeting of ELSA UK in Stirling, ELSA LSESU was unanimously voted in as a full member. The group is affiliated with the London School of Economics Students’ Union (LSESU) from which it has received the Silver Star Award for 2018.


  • President Meeri Toivanen (president.lse@uk.elsa.org)
  • Secretary-General Samantha Lee (secgen.lse@uk.elsa.org)
  • Treasurer Hendrik Jonsson (treasurer.lse@uk.elsa.org)
  • Vice President for Marketing Hana Rousse (marketing.lse@uk.elsa.org)
  • Vice President for Seminars & ConferencesSarah Ikast Kristoffersen (seminarsconferences.lse@uk.elsa.org)
  • Vice President for Academic ActivitiesEnrique Bravo (academicactivities.lse@uk.elsa.org)
  • Vice President for the Student Trainee Exchange Programme (STEP)Paulina Mruk (step.lse@uk.elsa.org)

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The inaugural term of ELSA LSE SU has involved activities in all key areas.

Moot Court Competitions (MCC)

The London Human Rights Moot Court Competition

Logo.png.pagespeed.ce_.FpkGl6qWAz In the London Human Rights Moot Court Competition, participants get a unique opportunity to engage practically with the European Convention on Human Rights and the procedures before the European Court of Human Rights. As the competition simulates the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition it offers an excellent opportunity for participants to train for this international competition. The first edition was hosted at the LSE in January 2018, and constituted the first intercollegiate moot court competition in ELSA UK’s history with teams coming from ELSA Queen Mary, ELSA King’s College London and ELSA Kent. Judges noted the extremely high level of advocacy, both written and oral, presented by all teams with the eventual winning team being from LSE and prize for best oralist going to Nora Sandvik Ling from ELSA Queen Mary. We wish to expand this competition in the next academic year to be open to all Local Groups in the UK network.

The IAS-ELSA Arbitration Academy & Competition

The winning team of the 2018 IAS-ELSA Arbitration Competition

Arbitration is the preferred means of alternative dispute resolution in commercial contracts, however, it is not taught at undergraduate level at the LSE. Therefore, ELSA LSE SU collaborates with the LSESU International Arbitration Society in creating a seminars series on arbitration, the Arbitration Academy, in which you get a comprehensive overview of the field. In the following Arbitration Competition, a selected group of students get the opportunity to engage practically with arbitration and showcase their oral advocacy. The first edition of the Academy and Competition was held in February and March 2018.

The 2018 Arbitration Academy featured lectures by Kirtan Prasad from Allen & Overy, Katherine Jonckheere from Three Crowns, Dharshini Prasad from WilmerHale, John McMillan from WilmerHale, and Govert Coppens from Volterra Fietta. 

The 2018 Arbitration Competition was judged by Arthur Lavaux from Gide Loyrette Nouel.

Seminars & Conferences (S&C)

The International Conference on Energy Law

banner.pngThe International Conference on Energy Law is the largest event to which ELSA LSE SU contributes as an organiser. The first edition was hosted in the weekend of 17-18 March 2018 and the audience of more than 100 participants from all over the UK and Europe was engaged by 18 speakers being both academics and practitioners. The Conference constitutes ELSA LSE SU’s contribution to the International Focus Programme, and was organised as a joint initiative between ELSA King’s College London, ELSA Queen Mary, ELSA UCL and ELSA LSE SU. The second edition of the conference will be organised in 2019.

More information about the first edition can be found in the Academic Programme.

The Conference was sponsored by Dentons who served as its Exclusive Legal Partner.


Professor Ian Walden from Queen Mary University of London’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies was hosted by ELSA LSE SU and ELSA Queen Mary for a seminar on the GDPR.

ELSA LSE SU seeks to host seminars every term on relevant areas of law which will be open to ELSA members as well as the general public. Public lectures are an excellent opportunity to engage deeper with a familiar area of law or to discover new and interesting fields, thus we encourage everyone, irrespective of their studies or prior knowledge, to attend. In the academic year of 2017/18, we hosted two public lectures regarding Corruption and the GDPR respectively. The lecture on Corruption was given by Professor Horder from the LSE and Professor Maffini who generously flew to London from Brazil. The GDPR lecture was organised in collaboration with ELSA Queen Mary was given by Professor Ian Walden from Queen Mary.

Academic Activities (AA)

Panel on the Rights of EU Citizens after Brexit

Panel event on the protection of EU citizens’ rights after Brexit. Co-hosted by ELSA LSE SU and the European Institute of LSE.

The event took place on March 21st, 2018 with the participation of the following speakers:

  • Carol Harlow, Emeritus Professor at LSE Law.
  • Jo Murkens, Associate Professor at LSE Law.
  • Auke Willems, Fellow at the European Institute of LSE.
  • Adrianne Yong, lecturer at The City Law School, University of London.

Student Trainee Exchange Programme (STEP)

ELSA LSE SU has had its focus this academic year on spreading awareness among both undergraduate and postgraduate students about our STEP opportunities. This requires liaison with our marketing team which results in multiple social media updates. We have been particularly visible at LSE during the student hunting periods. Our STEP team is keen on personal contact with students. Thus, our STEPpers organised workshops to give insights into the recruitment process and also present our traineeship providers. They are also available on a daily basis for students sending their enquiries directly. This year STEP activity was also directed at getting known the employers’ market in London. Particularly helpful was cooperation with other ELSA STEP teams from London, including ELSA Queen Mary and ELSA Kings College London.


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