ELSA QMUL is the Local Group of ELSA for students at Queen Mary University of London. It is one of the largest operative ELSA groups in the United Kingdom as well as being the oldest established London group. It was voted in as a full member of ELSA UK at the National Council Meeting in the spring of 2014. The first UK based President of ELSA International, Anastasia Kalinina, was the President of ELSA Queen Mary 2015-2016. The group is affiliated with the Queen Mary Students’ Union (QMSU).
- President – Victor Van de Wiele (email@example.com)
- Secretary General – Sara Osmanagaoglu (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Treasurer – Shannon McLaughlin (email@example.com)
- Vice-President for Marketing – Shoshana Leibovici (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Vice-President for Seminars & Conferences – Rachel Yafet (email@example.com)
- Vice-President for Academic Activities & Moot Court Competitions – Sahra Thomet (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Vice-President for Student Trainee Exchange Programmes (STEP) – Matej Kolar (email@example.com)
- Vice-President for Publications – Victor Pianowski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Deputy Officer for Postgraduate Students – Stela Negran
Seminars & Conferences (S&C)
ELSA Queen Mary invites Lady Hale of Richmond
The European Law Students’ Association invited the President of the Supreme Court of England & Wales to Queen Mary University of London. Baroness Hale is the Patroness of ELSA UK and she was more than excited to come and talk to our ELSA Members and fellow QM students about her experiences as a highly successful woman in the legal world and on the bench.
International Conference on Energy Law
The International Conference on Energy Law was one of the largest events to which ELSA QMUL contributed as an organiser this year. The first edition was hosted over the weekend of the 17-18 March 2018 at both the LSE Campus and the Kings College London Campus. The audience of more than 100 participates from all over the UK with a nationality was engaged by 18 speakers. The conference was a joint initiative between ELSA King’s College London, ELSA Queen Mary, ELSA UCL and ELSA LSE SU.
ELSA Training Sessions
ELSA QMUL seeks to help its members develop skills and competencies and thus organised four Certified Training sessions with Trainer and Barrister Ms. Dixsha Patel. The interactive Training sessions focused on Communication, Negotiation, Decision making and, Conflict and Crisis Management and Resolution. Devoted participants received a certificate from ELSA International in a special ceremony, proving the development of their transferable skills.
ELSA QMUL host relevant seminars every term on relevant areas of law. The lectures held focused on a wide range of topics and aimed to engage a wider audience. ELSA QMUL’s first event of the academic year on “The Future of Artificial Intelligence in the Legal Industry”, was delivered by experts Seb Haire from ProFinda and Nicole Morinière from Lexoo. Further through the year lectures included “The General Data Protection Regulations – What Changes?” held in a joint initiative with ELSA LSE SU, “Cyber Law and Cybercrime: The Future of the Law?” given by Solicitor and Barrister Ed Smyth. “The impact of Brexit on Migration and Immigration Law”, was discussed by Immigration Lawyer James Perrott and Dr Niovi Vavoula. Additionally, the lecture on”International Criminal Law: “True Law” or Global Norms?”, delivered by Barrister Kirsty Sutherland and Ricardo Labianco from SOAS University was widely attended. ELSA QMUL’s year cumulated with a sold-out lecture on “IP Law in Practice”, with speakers Rebecca Swindells and Indradeep Battacharya from Jones Day.
Academic Activities (AA)
ELSA Day – Supreme Court Visit
As the Academic Activities team, we appreciate how important it is to represent the society both externally and internally. Hence, on one of the most important days in the ELSA calendar – Elsa Day – we decided to organise something special. A trip to the Supreme Court seemed just right. Attended by 18 students, this enrichening event was without doubt a huge success. After an insightful tour around the Court facilities, the group had the opportunity to explore the interactive educational exhibition. Next, some participants decided to observe one of the open appeal hearings on the compelling immigration issue. Others decided to indulge themselves with some of the delicious treats offered by the cosy court café. Overall, the visit strengthened ELSA’s image as an active and academically involved society.
Other Academic Activities included:
- ELSA Queen Mary Law Review
- ELSA Queen Mary Essay competition
- London Human Rights Moot Court Competition (LHRMCC)
- ELSA Day
- Supreme Court Visit
- ELSA Day Pamphlet Essay Competition
- The Great Legal Quiz
Moot Court Competitions (MCC)
European Human Rights Moot Court Competition (EHRMCC)
Given ELSA’s truly international character, partaking in the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition appeared to us to be especially important. Not only did this competition give its participants the unique opportunity to strengthen their mooting and oral skills but once again stressed ELSA’s involvement in academic projects. The competition was announced, a recruitment session held, and a team of 4 fellow students created. It was our great pleasure that professor Stephen Bowen from the British Institute of Human Rights was willing to coach our team. Their collaboration was highly effective and they proceeded to prepare a written submission on a fictitious case. The team submitted their work on the 15th January 2018 and is now awaiting results. In light of the vast interest of both law and non-law students in the competition, the AA team decided to get involved in two subsequent moot court competitions. Both the moot court competition on the WTO and the London Human Rights Moot Court Competition were popular projects, received enthusiastically by the student body.
2017 has witnessed the creation of the brand new ELSA QMUL Publication team. As the AA team, we decided to collaborate with this department by announcing a joint essay competition. The topic proposed was that of the highly-controversial “gig-economy”. No specific question, however, was imposed on the candidates. It follows, that a maximum of creative freedom is granted to the students, so as to enable them to follow their own approach. Nonetheless, we expect each candidate to show accurate commercial awareness combined with original insight and legal accuracy. The deadline for submissions is set on the 12th February 2018. Two winners will be selected in due course and published in the first ELSA QMUL review in the beginning of March. The launch of the ELSA review will be celebrated by a special panel, where winners will be featured and if willing, have the opportunity to share some more thoughts about their published work.
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