ELSA UCL is the Local Group of ELSA for students at the University College London (UCL). It was founded in October 2016 and became an Observer Group of ELSA UK at the 2017 Spring National Council Meeting. In keeping with its observer commitments, ELSA UCL also attended the 2018 Spring National Council Meeting of ELSA UK in Stirling. ELSA UCL is associated with the UCL Student Union.



Seminars & Conferences (S&C)

Visit to the UK Supreme Court

In January 2017, ELSA UCL visited the Supreme Court of England and Wales to follow the Article 50 ‘Brexit’ judgment in the case of R v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

ELSA UCL managed to secure seats for the members of the board and Society members.

The main issue in question was whether the UK government has power to give notice of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the European Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union without an Act of Parliament providing prior authorization to do so.

Society Socials

ELSA UCL aims to host two socials per month throughout the academic year. These relaxed events have been excellent opportunities for Society members to become acquainted with the members of the board.

These events have also been valuable for fostering a sense of inclusion and diversity in the Society, which has been a major priority for the board. 

Brexit Panel Discussion

During this academic year, ELSA UCL has also partnered with the UCL European Society to host a panel discussion in relation to Brexit at the UCL campus. The event, which was extremely popular among students of all disciplines at UCL and other London-based universities, featured UCL’s Dean of Law, and patron of ELSA UCL, Professor Peit Eeckhout, speaking on the legal implications which would follow in the aftermath of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

International Conference on Energy Law

The International Conference on Energy Law was hosted by several London-based ELSA Groups during the 17th and 18th March 2018. The audience was made of more than 100 participants from all over the United Kingdom and Europe. The event also featured 10 engaging speakers who came from backgrounds of academia and legal practice.

The Conference, which demonstrates ELSA UCL’s commitment to drawing awareness to international issues, was organised as a joint initiative between ELSA King’s College London, ELSA Queen Mary, ELSA UCL and ELSA LSE SU. 

Commercial Law Panel Discussion

ELSA UCL also plans to host a commercial law panel discussion at UCL in October 2018.

This event will feature various lawyers, bankers and corporate professionals from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, the Bank of England and Goldman Sachs speaking to UCL students about their professional work experiences.

The event will also involve these City professionals sharing their thoughts on the implications of Brexit on City careers in the foreseeable future.

Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to network with these professionals after the event to ask further questions which would be helpful in their careers.

Academic Activities (AA)

Online Academic Journal

ELSA UCL is also working on a joint online academic journal with the Law Society of Sorbonne University in Paris. Both societies have a common goal of promoting international awareness of pan-European socio-political, legal and economic issues. As such, both societies have decided to interview leading experts in EU Law and Public Law and collate their responses into a brief journal that can be accessed by interested individuals worldwide.

These contemporary issues include inter alia the implications of Brexit on the legal and commercial industries of different Member States; the refugee crisis affecting Cyprus and surrounding regions; and the political elections in Germany.

In keeping with our goal of securing an international readership, the journal articles will be published in English, French, Spanish and German. The end date of this project is expected to be 10th June 2018.

Youth Outreach Programme

The ELSA UCL board members have recently embarked on a youth outreach programme for secondary schools across Greater London. In particular, this programme will feature committee members going into several secondary schools and offering advice and coaching to upper school students who would be sitting the GCSE O Level and GCE A level examinations in May and June.

The programme would also allow ELSA UCL board members to inform sixth form students in particular about entry into London universities, the university experience, and keeping up with ELSA in the future.

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