National Board 2020-2021

The National Board for the 2020/2021 term is comprised of six officers elected by the National Council and two appointed Deputies.

The first Online National Council Meeting of ELSA UK during this term is due to be hosted by ELSA Glasgow.

Deputy President

Daniel Parkin (University of Nottingham)

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

Deputy Secretary General

Amanda Muntz (The University of Law)

I’m Amanda (although most people call me AJ), and I was born in California, raised throughout the US, but I would call myself a New Yorker. However, I hope to call England home long-term. I recently graduated from the University of Birmingham with an LLB in International Law and Globalisation. This year, alongside ELSA, I will be attending the LPC with an LLM at the University of Law Moorgate, specialising in Corporate Law.

My involvement with ELSA began in my second year of university and in my final year, I became Secretary General at Birmingham; I drove in head first. Through implementation of highly organised internal management and team building, last year I helped grow our membership to over 200 students. I also attended ICM Constanta as a Secretary and served as Co-Head of NCM Birmingham. Needless to say, I found the ELSA community intoxicating and am very excited to continue my involvement as Deputy Secretary General this year!

This coming year I hope to further communication between local boards through improved medias. One of my other aims is to revise the Decision Book to more accurately reflect current practices whilst still including the ELSA International regulations. Throughout the year, I want all local officers to feel free to contact me should they have any questions, ideas or problems!

Treasurer

Freya Hawken (University of Warwick)

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.

Vice President for Marketing (MKT) 

Katarzyna Kostka (University of East Anglia)

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.

Vice President for Seminars & Conferences (S&C)

Diarmaid Ó Cuanacháin (University College London)

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.

Vice President for Student Trainee Exchange Programme (STEP)

Murad Cholak (Queen Mary University of London)

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.

Vice President for Moot Court Competitions (MCC)

Pauline Amice (Queen Mary University of London)

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.

Directors

  • Director for Management Systems (BEE) - Pavlína Dedíková (Masaryk University)
  • Director for Externals Relations (BEE) - Jonathan Rahman-Bonnin (University of Westminster)
  • Director for Alumni Relations (BEE) - Conor Courtney (University College London)
  • Director for Project Book (IM) - Magdalena Ekmekchiyan (University of Birmingham)
  • Director for Knowledge Management (IM) - Kenyah Coombs (University of Birmingham)
  • Director for Drafting (IM) - Melanie Kahwaji (University of Birmingham)
  • Assistant for Drafting (IM) - Alisha Behera (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Director for Human Resources (IM) - Yasmin Carréra (University of Birmingham)
  • Director for Information Management (FM) - Krum Markov (University of Sheffield)
  • Director for Social Media (MKT) - Emilia Pankiewicz (University of Dundee)
  • Director for Newsletter (MKT) - Conor Courtney (University College London)
  • Director for Online Learning (S&C) - Adam Gallagher (University of Nottingham)
  • Director for the Refugee Project (S&C) - Charlotte Springham (University of Nottingham)
  • Director for Academic Competitions (AA) - Mara Bozdog (University of Birmingham)
  • Director for Consultancy (AA) - Nikola Ciric
  • Director for Social Responsibility (AA) - Lianne Suleiman (University of Nottingham)
  • Director for Legal Writing and Research (AA) - Taimaa Khalaf (University of Nottingham)
  • Director for Administration (STEP) - Mrugen Modi (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Director for Communications (STEP) - Adriani Nikodemou (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Director for ELSA UK Moot Court Competitions (MCC) - Margaux Seager (University of Westminster)
  • Director for Judges (COMMOOT) (MCC) -  Vasilena Zapryanova (University of Birmingham)
  • Director for Participants (COMMOOT) (MCC) -  Benedetta Porto (University College London)
  • Director for Logistics (COMMOOT) (MCC) -  Jakub Kaluza (University of East Anglia)
  • Director for Judges (Climate Moot) (MCC) -  Elena Micheli (University of Essex)
  • Director for Participants (Climate Moot) (MCC) - Jakub Kaluza (University of East Anglia)
  • Director for Logistics (Climate Moot) (MCC) -  Andreea Lenei (Queen Mary University of London)
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