National Essay Competition

Win publication in the NHC Security and Human Rights Journal and additional special prize from the Netherlands Helsinki Committee in our Essay Competition on COVID-19 impact on Access to Justice in Europe!

During the pandemic, Courts were and still are closing, reducing, or adjusting their operations, which can negatively impact the provision of timely and fair hearings, contribute to increased case backlogs, and lead to increased length of judicial and administrative proceedings. Certain groups are especially affected by these changes. While there may be burdens, there are also many benefits and lessons to be learned from this pandemic and how it has impacted our judicial systems in Europe.With many topics and perspectives available under the topic of the competition, we welcome all essays under the given subject, as far as they comply with the following rules:Deadline: 31 January 2021, at 23:59Word count: 2500-5000Font: Times New Roman, size 12, 1.5 spacing, justifiedTopic: Must be legalFront page: includes full name, contact information, university and year of studies, and the topic of the paperOther formalities: Must include footnotes and a bibliography using OSCOLA; must include an abstract that is about 10% of the length of the essay; must include a short introduction of the writer.Participants must be law students in one of the countries where ELSA is present!

Send submissions and questions to academicactivities@nl.elsa.org The essays are shortlisted by ELSA the Netherlands based on the submission criteria, and judged by a panel of professionals from the Netherlands Helsinki Committee. Essays not following the above rules will not be considered.PS. Shout-out to our Director for Graphic Design for preparing the visual materials for the competition!

Good luck!

National Online Agenda (December 2020)

#seeyouthere

10th:

1:30 – @elsagroningen organises a workshop at the Groningen Law Congress in collaboration with another students’ association on the topic of ‘Does emergency break the law? Government intervention in times of crisis’, with the Dutch Diplomat Jurrien van der Horst as a speaker.

4:00 – @elsautrecht organises a webinar presented by prof. Jerfi Uzman, regarding the ‘Coronaspoedwet’ (in Dutch).Register: (https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdX1qzFBvX…/viewform…)

4:00 – @elsa.amsterdam organises a webinar on juvenile criminal law ‘Lezing over het Jeugdstrafrecht’ (in Dutch). Register:(https://forms.gle/3Jw8mEccdVqdqLAA9) (facebook https://fb.me/e/3PcI8LEHw)Learn more here: https://fb.me/e/d4VVKi3n2

5:00 – @elsagroningen organises ‘Life After Law School’ which will consist of a webinar and Q&A conducted by an EU Public Affairs Consultant at a major consultancy bureau in Brussels. It is a novel opportunity to display a less conventional career path one could take after law school. The event will include a presentation about our successful lobbyist’s career, what she does on a daily basis, the relevant skills needed to get a job in Brussels and many more.

18th:

1:50 – @elsautrecht, jointly with @elsa_nijmegen, organises a webinar ‘The ECB and its Digital Euro’. Learn more here: https://fb.me/e/3kWXm7cbI

ELSA National Moot Court Competition


Are you ready to #moot?

Good, because the ELSA The Netherlands National Moot Court Competition has just been launched! What is it?

The NMCC is a moot court competition on European Union Law. It takes place in two stages: first, teams will plead in local rounds held by the respective local ELSA group at their university. This year’s compeititon will revolve around EU competition law. Why participate?

It goes without saying that moot courts are a fantastic way to improve your legal skills and practice pleading a case before a panel. Beyond this, however, the NMCC enables you to meet law students from around the country, to network with peers and professionals, and to become part of ELSA’s international community. How do I participate?

To participate, you sign up with your local ELSA groups. Soon, you will be able to find more information regarding the local rounds on our website, the websites of our local groups, or by approaching the officers of your local group. The National Round will take place on 27 March 2021. It will be an online competition.

More details are available in the section Projects – Moot Court Comeptitions – National Moot Court Competition or in the Facebook page for the event.

ELSA Day 2020

The ELSA Day is coming … When the November’s leaves fall and the ELSAblue winds blow, there is the focus on human rights and the ELSA network unites… 😉

ELSA Day 25.11.2020

Follow us during this exciting time for stimulating and gripping materials on AI and related to it discrimination.

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Make sure to check out the events of our local groups (TBA very soon) and what the other national groups and ELSA International have prepared!

National Council Meeting

ELSA the Netherlands is happy to invite its local officers and members to the 80th National Council Meeting, the first one of this academic year. 

More information is available here: https://fb.me/e/1wfevvcvW

Are you ready for it?

ELSA NL Law Review Article Call

ELSA NL Law Review (ENLLR) is opening its call for articles (2000-7000 words) and case notes (1000-4000 words) to be published in the 2021 issue!

Successful submissions will be peer reviewed – by an academic partner who is still to be announced – edited, and published.

Theme: Law and Technology

Deadline: 1 December 2020

Submit your work (including abstract and author’s bio) by emailing legalwriting@nl.elsa.org.

For more information, including linguistic and technical requirements, visit http://elsa-thenetherlands.org/elsa-nl-law-review or email Blánaid Sheeran at legalwriting@nl.elsa.org.

ELSA ROLE Trainer Call

Do you have a passion for educating on the rule of law? And the fundamental values that build our modern world?

ELSA Rule of Law Protection Campaign, ROLE, is organized together with ELSA Alumni. Starting in January 2021, ELSA the Netherlands will participate in the pilot programme of the project. The campaign is first implemented in secondary schools during the trial phase (1.5 years), after which it will be expanded to primary and higher education as well as to the civil society as a whole.

We are looking for 2-4 ELSA members across the Netherlands to be trained to become ROLE trainers in different high schools (Dutch and international). The training lasts for 1 week, takes place in Brussels, and all of the costs associated with it are covered by ELSA International.

The commitment is first for Spring 2021, with the possibility to extend the term by one year afterwards. The campaign follows the ‘ELSA for Schools’ format, where trainers first give lecture(s) on the protection of the rule of law in Europe, implement small quizzes or stimulate discussion, and finally organize a form of examination or competition such as a mini moot court or a debate competition. The position may also entail translating some of the campaign materials from English to Dutch, as well as training future local campaigners.

The project is coordinated by the Vice President of Academic Activities and the Director for Advocacy. We are looking for 2-4 trainers, fluency in Dutch is a strong advantage in applicants, but we also accept non-Dutch-speakers. If you wish to apply, send your CV and motivation letter (max. 1 page) to the Vice President of Academic Activities, Maija Maunu, at academicactivities@nl.elsa.org.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 30.09.2020 | 23:59

#theELSAway

Are you the next ELSA Director for…?

The board of ELSA the Netherlands is hiring! Would you like to become a member of our team? Tweak your CV, learn something new, meet new people? Yes? Then sign up! Below, you can find the descriptions of all the positions we have opened, as well as practical information regarding what we are expecting from you. In case you have more questions, feel free to contact us in the comment section, on Facebook, Instagram or via e-mail (secgen@nl.elsa.org).

To apply, send us your CV and motivational letter (max. one page) to the email address of the appropriate national officer (given in brackets next to their title, below).

The team of the Secretary General (secgen@nl.elsa.org)

  1. Director for Internal Management
  • The director of internal management should be my ‘right-hand’ and should be able to assist me with my Secretary General duties. More specifically: releasing the monthly newsletter,  helping me with keeping the network united by establishing regular meetings with the local officers, hosting some workshops at the NCM, helping me with organizing the NCM, collecting data where needed (example: State of the Network) and acting as an assistant (helping with deadlines and such). No previous ELSA knowledge required, just dedication and motivation! 
  • Skill requirements:
    • Good organisation (everything must be on point),
    • Professionalism and dilligence (there is no room for tardiness or forgetfulness).
  • Language requirements:
    • English (B2 level minimum).

2. Director for Alumni

  • The director for Alumni should help me establish and maintain communication with the alumni network, as well as aid with organizing events in their interest and establish the first National Trainers’ Pool.  The tasks include: regularly communicating with the people of the alumni network by email/calls where needed, conducting research into who belongs to the alumni network/could be a potential trainer and engage with them, helping to put together events for the Alumni and establish connections with future ELSA the Netherlands trainers. No previous ELSA knowledge required, just willingness to learn and dedication! 
  • Skill requirements:  
    • Organization (everything must be on point),
    • Professionalism and diligence.
  • Language requirements:
    • English (B2 level minimum),
    • Knowledge of the Dutch language (the Alumni network is almost entirely made up of Dutch people; you must speak the language well enough to be able to communicate with them effectively).

The team of the Treasurer (treasurer@nl.elsa.org)

  1. Director for Acquisitions (2 vacancies)
  • As the Director for Aquisitions, you will be tasked with helping the acquisition committee in the process of acquiring sponsors, developing sponsorship packages in partnership with the marketing committee , while also keeping in touch with our Dutch partners and sponsors. You will gain valuable experience in regards to the acquisition process while also be part of the biggest law students’ organization in Europe.
  • Skill requirements:
    • Dilligence,
    • Flexibility,
    • Communication.
  • Language requirements:
    • English (B2 level minimum),
    • Dutch (optional but a strong plus).

The team of the Vice President for Marketing (marketing@nl.elsa.org)

  1. Director for Graphic Design
  • As a Director for Graphic Design you will help create posters/videos/etc. together with the national Vice President for Marketing. On top of that, you will help redesign the official website of ELSA the Netherlands and create a database of sample designs, which will serve as a learning pool for the local marketeers.
  • Skill requirements:
    • Creativity,
    • Inventiveness,
    • Experience with any graphic programme (ideally Adobe Photoshop).
  • Language requirements:
    • English (B2 level minimum),
    • The knowledge of other lanaguges is always appreciated!

2. Director for Marketing Strategy Development

  • As  a Director for Marketing Strategy Development you will brainstorm together with the Vice President for Marketing the ideas for new marketing strategies and sponsor acquisition. Depending on the situation and your own predispositions, you might aid the VP with other tasks.
  • Skill requirements:
    • Creativity,
    • Inventiveness,
    • Openess,
    • Critical thinking.
  • Language requirements:
    • English (B2 level minimum),
    • The knowledge of other lanaguges is always appreciated!

3. Director for Social Media

  • As a Director for Social Media you will help supervise and bolster the social media accounts of ELSA the Netherlands. You will ensure that posts are published regularly and that they reach the target audience. You will help decide which local events deserve a weekly shoutout and who from our alumni deserves to be commemorated on our platforms. You will help write posts, pick hashtags and respond to our followers.
  • Skill requirements:
    • Diligence,
    • Experience with running social media platforms,
    • Creativity.
  • Language requirements:
    • English (B2 level minimum),
    • The knowledge of other lanaguges is always appreciated, especially Dutch!

The team of the Vice President for Seminars and Conferences (seminarsconferences@nl.elsa.org)

  1. Director in Charge of the BENELUX Conference
  • As a Director in Charge of the BENELUX Conference, you will have the oppprtunity to work on one of the most important and successful conferences, as BENELUX Conference is a well-known event not only for all the members of ELSA, but also for the academic speakers that join us each year!
  • Skill requirements:
    • Event planning,
    • Critical thinking,
    • Creativity,
    • Great comprehension of the basic information of what ELSA is and how events are organized.
  • Language requirements:
    • English (B2 level minimum),
    • Intermediate French (B1 level minimum).

2. Director for Seminars and Conferences

  • As a Director for Seminars and Conferences of ELSA the Netherlands you will be working with our national S&Cer to organize amazing events and experience all that this great student association has to offer (including taking an active part in the preparation for NCMs and much more ).
  • Skill requirements:
    • Team work,
    • Creativity,
    • Openess.
  • Language requirements:
    • Advanced English (required),
    • Conversational level of Dutch (preferred, but is not a prerequisite).

The team of the Vice President for Academic Activities (academicactivities@nl.elsa.org)

  1. Director for Academic Activities
  • Director for Academic Activities has a key role in the organization of ELSA the Netherlands Academic Competitions and Professional Development activities. In 2020-2021 the tasks include e.g. supporting the preparation, partner acquisition, and organization of a national round of the Client Interview Competition (CIC), helping the Local Groups in organizing local rounds of the CIC, and supporting the preparation and organization of legal workshops with different partners.
  • Skill requirements:
    • Communication,
    • Organisation,
    • Flexibility,
    • Dedication,
    • Creativity,
    • Good time management,
    • Some knowledge of ELSA.
  • Language requirements:
    • English (B2 level minimum),
    • Other languages are beneficial but not required.

2. Director for Advocacy

  • Director for Advocacy is in charge of the implementation of the new ELSA Rule of Law Education Campaign (ROLE) in the Netherlands. They also have a supporting role in the organization of ELSA Day advocacy activities on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights and the International Focus Programme (IFP) activities on Law and Technology.
  • Skill requirements:
    • Communication,
    • Organisation,
    • Flexibility,
    • Dedication,
    • Creativity,
    • Good time management,
    • Some knowledge of ELSA.
  • Language requirements:
    • English (B2 level minimum),
    • Other languages, especially Dutch, are beneficial but not required.

The team of the Vice President for Moot Court Competitions (mootcourts@nl.elsa.org)

  1. Director for the National Moot Court Competitions
  • As Director for the National Moot Court Competitions, you will be in charge of coordinating all aspects that factor into the organization of a Moot Court. These include logistics, financing, participant management, and many more tasks.
  • Skill requirements:
    • Organisation,
    • Communitaction,
    • Familiarity with the workings of ELSA.
  • Language requirements:
    • English (B2 level minimum).

2. Director for the National ENC round

  • ENC is short for the ELSA Negotiation Competition. It involves two teams negotiating a fictitious case while judged by a jury of legal professionals. As the Director for the National ENC Round, you will be in charge of coordinating all aspects that factor into the organization of a Moot Court. These include logistics, financing, participant management, and many more tasks. We expect you to: 
  • Skill requirements:
    • Organisation,
    • Communication,
    • Familiarity with the workings of ELSA.
  • Language requirements:
    • English (B2 level minimum).

The team of the Vice President for STEP (Student Trainee Exchange Programme) (stepnl@nl.elsa.org)

  1. Director for STEP Expansion
  • As the director for STEP Expansion for ELSA the Netherlands, you will be working to gain partnerships for traineeships with law firms or other institutions for STEP. Your task would be to approach law firms or institutions for traineeships and verify the law firms approached by local groups.
  • Skill requirements:
    • Communication,
    • Organization,
    • Persuasion,
    • Good writing skills.
  • Language requirements:
    • English (B2 level minimum),
    • A Dutch-speaking candidate would be preferred (B2 level minimum).

2. Director for STEP Communications

  • As the director for STEP Communication for ELSA the Netherlands, you will mostly be marketing STEP program to students through the use of STEP online marketing kits. You will also be matching the applications with the STEP traineeship providers and providing assistance to trainees coming to the Netherlands from abroad.
  • Skill requirements:
    • Basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop,
    • Organization,
    • Creativity,
    • Management,
    • Problem-solving,
    • Communication.
  • Langauge requirements:
    • English (B2 level minimum).

3. Director for STEP Assistance

  • As the director for STEP Assistance for ELSA the Netherlands, you will be assisting the applicants during the process of applications, maintaining overall communications and information database. You will also be supervising the STEP calendar and supporting local STEP Officers through regular contacts, providing information and improving the application procedure in general. 
  • Skill requirements:
    • Organization,
    • Communication,
    • Management,
    • Leadership,
    • Teamwork,
    • Flexibility.
  • Language requirements:
    • English (B2 level minimum).

Are you the next ELSA Editor?


Want to practice your legal writing and editing skills? Become a part of the Editorial Team for Legal Writing at ELSA The Netherlands!

Editors’ tasks include:

  • Pre-selection of articles for essay competitions and Law Review,
  • Content editing,
  • Linguistic editing,
  • Technical editing.

We are looking for enthusiastic candidates who will work on ELSA The Netherlands’ Law Review, ELSA The Netherlands’ contribution to the ILRG, and other legal writing projects. 

If you are interested in applying, you can send any questions and/or your application including your CV and motivation letter (max. 1 page) to Blánaid Sheeran, Director for Legal Writing at legalwriting@nl.elsa.org.