The National Board for the 2020/2021 term is comprised of 7 officers elected by the National Council and one appointed Deputy.
The first National Council Meeting of ELSA UK during this term is due to be hosted in Glasgow in the autumn.
I was born and raised in a very small town in the UK. However, due to the hard work of my single mother, I was able to travel and meet a diverse range of people and expand my world view. Due to this, I gained an interest in International Law and the plight of refugees in these systems.
I am a law graduate from the University of Nottingham, where ELSA was a major part of my life for the past 4 years. I have been privileged to witness the community of ELSA and the amazing opportunities that it offers to law students. What I find the most inspiring about ELSA is the values it extols.
This academic year I will hold the positions of Deputy President of ELSA United Kingdom. I will work hard to show the network they can place their trust in me, before the first NCM in Glasgow. I plan to take the success of previous ELSA UK Boards and implement the benefits that will come with CIC status. Forming a strong foundation for the future growth of ELSA UK, providing increased support to our Local Groups, enabling a sustainable and efficient growth for our network
I was born in Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles and grew up in San Francisco. During my summer externship in the California Court of Appeal, I discovered my passion in law and decided to pursue my legal education in the United Kingdom. During this externship I assisted in drafting two opinions published on LexisNexis and Westlaw supervised under Justice Willhite. This experience provided insight in social and policy issues that play a detrimental role in shaping law.
Starting my journey in legal education led me to ELSA. In my first year I was appointed Director for Internal Management for ELSA Birmingham and Director for the National Vice President of Student Trainee Exchange Programs. I successfully improved our membership activity including communication between key areas, and increased our operations efficiency. This achievement motivated me to assist my local Secretary General in organising XXII NCM Birmingham. During this council meeting, I was honored by the network as I received the award for Most Achieved Local Director in the United Kingdom.
Over this last year I have grown a strong passion for ELSA, which drove me to the position of Secretary General for the 2020/2021 National Board. This term I aim to revitalize the Internal Management sector. I will be working towards implementing an ELSA United Kingdom App. This application will bring a fresh and efficient infrastructure for our organisation. I’m very excited to get started.
Originally from the Southwest of the UK, I moved to the West Midlands to read International Law. It was at Coventry University that I was first exposed to ELSA and I became the President of ELSA Coventry shortly after, at the end of my first year at university. My board and I have succeeded in growing ELSA Coventry from an initiative to a member group over the past two years, a feat which I am incredibly proud of.
I graduated recently in 2020 with a First and am looking forward to spending the next year of my life as the Treasurer of ELSA UK. My main goals for this year are to help facilitate ELSA UK becoming a CIC and to obtain sponsorships to aid in key area projects.
Originally from Poland, I moved to England to pursue a degree in Law LLB at the University of East Anglia. Alongside my role as Marketeer of ELSA United Kingdom, I am a Trainee in the European Centre for Certification and Privacy.
Having been inspired by my dear friend from another National ELSA Group, I co-founded the Local Group at UEA in 2018 and served as its President, after which I transitioned into the role of Marketeer. During the 2019/2020 term, I had the absolute pleasure in assisting the former VP for Marketing as her Director, which inspired me to try my luck and apply for the National Board position. Outside my commitments as Director, I had successfully applied for two STEP Traineeships and was part of the ELSA Legal Research Group on Internet Censorship.
This academic year I aim to build upon my predecessors’ work and continue to foster creativity of the Local Officers in line with our Corporate Identity. I also look forward to spreading the word about the amazing projects that my fellow National Board Members have up their sleeves.
I was born and raised in Ireland but have been living in the United Kingdom for some time now. I recently graduated from the University of Nottingham having studied law. I have a deep passion for environmental protection and human rights. In my spare time I enjoy playing the harp, reading and hiking.
I first joined ELSA three years ago, as a volunteer with the Refugee Project, but it was only after attending a Summer Law School on human rights in Portugal that I came to understand how much this community has to offer. I was impassioned by the work of the Refugee Project in Nottingham, and the potential it has. As a result, I became a member of the Refugee Project Committee in 2018 and in my final year I took over as Director of the Refugee Project. Having seen first-hand the impact this initiative has had in Nottingham; it is my strong conviction that the Project should be expanded across the UK network. This is something I aim to facilitate in my term.
Beyond the Refugee Project, I was the Deputy Head of the Organising Committee for the first ever International Conference of ELSA, which discussed the issue of Refugee Law. Having been so heavily involved with the ICE in the past year I have seen what great potential it has. This is something I want to capitalise on, to host a bigger and better Conference in the coming year and facilitate its expansion for the future.
Vice President for Academic Activities (AA)
Edwin Morris John (University of Nottingham)
I'm Edwin, a 20 year old LLB student at the University of Nottingham. Born in India, I have lived the majority of my life in the Middle East. I shall be spending the upcoming year at the University of Copenhagen, as part of the Erasmus Scheme.
I still struggle to get to grips with the fact that my ELSA journey started just 2 years ago. It all started when a deeply impassionate Marketeer convinced me to become a member of ELSA Nottingham on my first day of University. I walked into that Freshers' Fair clueless, completely unaware of what I was about to stumble into; a community. A family.
An active member in my first year, I undertook the role of VP Marketing for ELSA Nottingham this year. During my term, I have met, bonded, and learned from all the wonderful people at the NCMs in Leeds and Birmingham, and also had the honour of participating in the Online ICM in 2020 as secretary for the AA Workshops. I helped organise the regional round of the EHRMCC, the International Conference of ELSA UK on Refugee Law, and the Lady Hale event, all held in Nottingham. I have also adorned the role of timekeeper for the local and final rounds of COMMOOT 2019, and the final rounds of the EHRMCC. Beyond these commitments, I served on the International AA Team, tasked with the development of the ELSA4Schools initiative. Each of these experiences only got me progressively more hooked on this wonderful organisation. Every person I met, every conversation I relished, even every goodie bag I received; my love for ELSA only grew that little bit deeper. And now, like an addict who just does not want to quit, here I am trembling with sheer excitement at the prospect of being the new Vice President for Academic Activities for the term 2020-21.
I hope to be a breath of fresh air for the ELSA UK AA community, not only expanding upon the exceptional legacy built by my predecessors, but creating one of my own. Facilitating the implementation of the ELSA4Schools Project within the ELSA UK community shall hence be my primary aim for the year. I shall also strive to create a positive, collaborative, and above all, friendly environment within our little AA Community, building a family each one of us is proud to be a part of. AA is a key area that I believe possesses unbridled potential, and I see it as my responsibility to utilise it to provide our awesome members with the exceptional opportunities they undoubtedly deserve.
I was born in the US, completed the International Baccalaureate in France, and am a graduate of a BA in Politics with Business Management and an LLB from Queen Mary University of London. As a global citizen I had always been attracted to ELSA for its diversity and involvement in international law.
I served as the Vice President for STEP for Queen Mary and a national STEP director from 2019-2020. During this time I worked closely with the National Board to gain a deeper insight into STEP and how it can be improved. I revised the STEP UK handbook with the help of my local directors, and lead improvements in UK reception practices.
On the National level I intend to work closely with both the national and local representatives to inspire and organise innovation and opportunities in the Student Trainee Exchange Programme. I also intend to maximise efforts regarding external relations, to build a better brand awareness for ELSA and its flagship projects.
I was born and raised in New Caledonia, a French tropical island between Australia and New Zealand. I moved to London to study Law at Queen Mary University of London where I will begin my second year. Growing up in such a multicultural environment, I am interested in International and Business Law.
I quickly became involved within ELSA at the start of my first year. After becoming a Director for Moot Court Competitions, I became Deputy Vice President halfway through the year. I was involved as a timekeeper during the EHRMCC Regional Round in Nottingham and as well as during the online finale. I was inspired to run for the National Board after NCM Leeds where my personal interest for mooting converged with my passion for ELSA.
For the upcoming term, I will organise COMMOOT in partnership with Maitland Chambers as well as the first-ever edition of the Climate Moot. I will also aim to develop the engagement of our members in our competitions.