Alumni Talks – COMING SOON

Are you curious what the membership in ELSA brings to our students nowadays? 
What is life like after ELSA? 
How much the membership helped our alumni in their professional careers? 
Or maybe you are looking for inspiration for your future? 

We’ve, as always, got you covered! 

Stay tuned – a series of small, interactive interviews is coming your way, only on our social media platforms. ✔️

I ISM

ELSA the Netherlands was present at the I International Strategy Meeting of ELSA, which took place from the 10th to the 14th of February 2021.

In the workshops, our President and Vice President for Marketing discussed with the other officers the proposals for procedural and structural amendments for our association. They also got the chance to attend the meeting with the founding fathers of ELSA and the many social gatherings organised after the workshops.

Thank you, our dear network, for the productive and insightful 5 days! 💙

#ELSAfamily#networking#ism

EHRMCC Overview

One of the Regional Rounds of the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition took place during the weekend of 5-7.02.2021 in Maastricht. 

We want to thank @elsamaastrichtand Maastricht University @lawinmaastricht for hosting the event, @elsainternational ‘s team for the undescribable support, and we want to express yet again the immense gratitude for our gusests for enriching the academic programme with their knowledge and expertise: Ms @btahziblie , Ms @nadjahouben, Ms Helen Duffy, @humanrightsinthepicture. We want to thank our judges for supporting the participants and our team and for creating the atmosphere of academic stimulation. Congratulations to the participants and good luck with your mooting careers! 👩‍⚖️

#EHRMCC#elsamootcourt#legaleducation

February agenda

Check out what our groups have in store and make sure to join them for these exciting events!

ELSA Maastricht

‘All things academia: take your academic career to the next level aims at providing students with tools to kick-start their careers in academia.

‘Presentation on the Practice of Independent International Lawyers’ will be delivered by DelCanto, an international law firm that specialises in the areas of international and tax law (English, Spanish and Qatari law).

ELSA Maastricht will also host the Regional Round of the EHRMCC.

ELSA Amsterdam

‘Verder dan de advocatuur’ is a series of lectures. The first one will be delivered by a lieutenant colonel working as a legal professional at the Ministry of Defence.

The lecture ‘Duch law 101’ will be delivered by prof. Leonard Besselink on the unique constitutional structure of the Netherlands.

ELSA Utrecht

The interview with Marry de Gaay Foortman, author and partner with Houthoff, will be about her book ‘Don’t Drown a Dead Duck’ which presents her path to leadership.

ELSA Leiden

ELSA Leiden has planned two online visits. The first one is to the OPCW.

The second one, organised in collaboration with ProDemos, will be to the ECJ. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

ELSA Groningen

Alumni of the University of Groningen will deliver presentations about their professions, providing tips and trick on building a career within their corresponding field.

For the Diplomats’ Day, diplomats from Chile, Romania, Greece and Switzerland will be conducting presentations on the effects of Covid-19 in the context of international affairs and diplomacy, with limelight on their respective home states.

The Freshman Symposium is a collaboration with several local associations, meant to acquaint first-year students to the various specialisations and student associations that the Faculty of Law has to offer.

ELSA Tilburg

ELSA Tilburg will be organising an Instagram Quiz for Valentine’s Day.

It will also hold its local round of the National Moot Court Competition.

ELSA Delegations

Listening to professionals from around the world and witnessing international decision making is now within your reach!Become an ELSA Delegate by participating in the online sessions, apply until 15.02.2021 23:59 CET.For more information visit: delegations.elsa.org.

Academic Programme of the EHRMCC

The high quality academic program of the EHRMCC is one of the highlights of the Competition. The Regional Round in Maastricht will attract about 100 participants consisting of the top law students in Europe focusing on human rights and litigation. Meet and network with the best of human rights law students and advocates, and join us for the academic program!The Academic Program takes place on Friday 5 February at 15:00-17:00.

The spots for external attendants are limited. Competition participants are automatically guaranteed a spot, and ELSA members will be given priority in registering for the audience.Sign-up form: https://forms.gle/iLsgJiGKfAaRiMvM6

About the program and speakers:

15:00-16:00 – Strategic Human Rights Litigation with Prof. Dr. Helen Duffy

Prof. Dr. Helen Duffy is an experienced practicing human rights lawyer and a part time professor of human rights and humanitarian law at Leiden University. She currently runs her own international practice ‘Human Rights in Practice’, which specializes in strategic litigation before regional and international human rights courts and bodies. Her current areas of focus include security and rule of law, climate crisis and judicial independence. She has extensive litigation experience before the European Court of Human Rights, African and Inter-American systems, the ECOWAS courts, UN human rights bodies and national courts.

16:00-17:00 – F/M/X Documentary Screening and Discussion with Dr. Bahia Tahzib-Lie and Ms. Nadja Houben

Dr. Bahia Tahzib-Lie is the Human Rights Ambassador of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In the capacity of the Human Rights Ambassador, she promotes human rights around the world. She carries out bilateral missions and attends multilateral meetings. She also works to boost dialogue with society on human rights in the Netherlands and abroad. The promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms are a cornerstone of Dutch foreign policy.Ms. Nadja Houben studied Dutch Law & International Law at Erasmus University and was an exchange student at Kobe Gakuin University in Kobe, Japan.She worked for several human rights NGOS in Geneva, for the Dutch Ministry of Justice in The Hague and as a consultant. She is one of the founders of Human Rights in the Picture and runs this Dutch foundation since 2013. The organisation works on storytelling and impact through audio-visual art and shines a light on human rights violations by giving people a voice through film, music, photography and other forms of art.

69th issue of Synergy

Are you somewhat of an author yourself? Do not forget to submit your articles for the 69th Edition of Synergy on the topic of “Privacy and Human Rights in the digital era”! Take advantage of this experience to improve your CV and writing skills!

Deadline is the 22nd of February 2021 at 23:59 CET.You can write about:

  • The topic of the upcoming edition of Synergy,
  • International event/project or your international ELSA experiences (e.g. ELSA Delegations, international conferences, development in the Network),
  • Human Rights related event or Human Rights related legal issues,
  • International Focus Programme topic (Law and Technology).

The requirements of the articles are the following:1 page (no picture): 350 – 400 words2 pages (one big picture or a few smaller in one surface): 800-850 words3 pages (one or two pictures): 1200 – 1500 wordsContact us at synergy@elsa.org.

NCM LXXXI

ELSA the Netherlands is happy to invite its local officers and members to the 81th National Council Meeting, the second one of this academic year. The working materials have been sent out to all of our current officers. If you are not a board member but want to join, please, contact your local group.

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Make sure to follow our Facebook event, LXXXI National Council Meeting, not to miss any updates! See you there!

Call for the Law and Tech Career Day Organising Committee


In today’s tech driven society, questions of how the new technologies are regulated are increasingly important and expertise in this field is needed. The Law and Tech Career Day takes place online in April 2021 and its purpose is to help students find out the career opportunities within the field of law and technology by participating at lectures, Q&As and interactive workshops given by representatives from various governmental institutions, non-governmental organizations, law firms and more. 

Available positions: 

Organizers are needed for different tasks between February and April 2021. The Organising Committee (OC) consists of 6 OC members, focusing on:

🔸Promotion: planning and communicating with marketing on designing visuals and event promotion (1 position)

🔸Speakers and communication: find and contact potential speakers and communicate with them (3 positions) 

🔸Organisation and participant management: practical arrangements and support (to speakers and participants) before and during the event, communicating with participants and creating the timetables (2 positions)

Join a motivated team of law students, work on an interesting topic and enhance your CV with this project! OC members get free access to the ELSA Law and Tech Career Day. As a part of the OC, you will be provided with a certificate for your experience and contributions. 

We are looking for committed and motivated students with good time-management skills and good communication skills in English. ELSA members will have priority in selection.

🔹Send in CV + motivation letter (max. 1 A4) to advocacy@nl.elsa.org and CC academicactivities@nl.elsa.org. 

🔹This call is open until January 29, 2021.

2nd National Team Call

Are you ready for a new challenge? Do you want to make your 2021 interesting? Do you want to help build something big? Join us!

Below, you can find the open position descriptions. To apply, send your CV and short motivational letter (no longer that one page A4; tell us why you are applying and what makes you a good candiadate) to marketing@nl.elsa.org or vpstep@nl.elsa.org (depending on the position you are applying for).

The application deadline is 24th of January at 23:59!

Director for Market Research

As the Director for Marketing Translation of ELSA the Netherlands, you will be responsible for coordinating the ELSA international market research survey campaign. You tasks will include creating small actions and materials that could encourage ELSA members and outsiders from the Netherlands to contribute to the international data-gathering. The survey closes in April, hence, your work would most likely finish then. Possibly, after that time, we could develop national market research campaigns to gather Dutch-focused human resource information.

Skill requirements: Communication, organization, creativity, open-mindess.

Language requirements: English, minimum at the B2 level.

Assistant for External Relations

As the Assistant for External Relations under the VP Marketing of ELSA the Netherlands, you will support the VP with the search for marketing parters. Those are important, as they allow for expanding our network, reaching new people, but also may create opportunities for financial and academic cooperations. You will help develop acquisition strategies and establish long-term relationships with various companies, bodies, etc.

Skill requirements: Communication, organization, persuasion, negotiation, creativity, open-mindess.

Language requirements: English, minimum at the B2 level. Dutch is a strong plus.

Director for Marketing Translation

As the Director for Marketing Translation of ELSA the Netherlands, you will be in charge of translating most of the materials we publish on our social media platforms and the website. Even though, most of our activities are in English, we believe that it is important to uphold the identity of our national group, by preserving its language in our communications, but also to ensure that all the law students in the Netherlands can be sufficiently informed about our work and initiatives. For that, we need a translator, from English to Dutch.

Skill requirements: Organization, time-management, good writing skills.

Language requirements: Dutch, at the very least, at the C1 level. English, minimum at the B2 level.

Director for STEP

As the Director for STEP 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. 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: Communication, organization, persuasion, good writing skills.

Language requirements: English, minimum at the B2 level. A Dutch-speaking candidate would be preferred.