40 Years of ELSA – By ELSA Alumni

Book your tickets to Vienna and…
  • celebrate ELSA's 40th Anniversary
  • participate in the Rule of Law Conference with high level speakers
  • attend the ELSA Alumni General Assembly
  • enjoy the festive spirit of Vienna with old and new friends
  • be part of our global community of political, government, business, legal and NGO leaders

In 1981, the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) was founded in Vienna by four committed law students from Austria, Hungary, Germany and Poland. Since then, ELSA has grown to the largest independent law student’s association in the world. ELSA is active in 44 countries and 432 law faculties and has over 60,000 members today and is also successfully active in Austria at six universities.

ELSA Alumni connects the alumni of ELSA and is a global community of political, government, business, legal and NGO leaders.

The Vienna Summit will take place in Vienna, Austria from 12 – 14 November 2021 and will celebrate ELSA’s 40th Anniversary and the joint efforts of ELSA Austria, ELSA International and ELSA Alumni to promote a just world in which there is respect for human dignity and cultural diversity underpinned by the rule of law. The Vienna Summit will feature a high-level conference which will discuss how the Rule of Law can be strengthened. It is being held under the auspices of the Conference on the Future of Europe which is gathering innovative ideas from stakeholders on how the European Union can be more relevant to citizens. The event is – typical for ELSA – aimed at facilitating successful substantive and personal networking between active people at universities and active people in professional life, Europe’s current and future leaders.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Vienna and celebrating 40 years of ELSA with you. The main purpose of the Vienna Summit is to bring together ELSA students and Alumni members all over Europe to build networks and to contribute to discussions with high-level speakers during the Conference about how to improve the “Rule of Law” in Europe.

NB: If you are a member of ELSA Alumni, you get a €30 discount on your participation fee. To use the member discount, please register via ELSA Alumni Online.

Accommodation

Courtyard by Marriott Vienna Prater/Messe is the conference hotel. Sunday brunch is at this hotel, all other events are either in the nearby Wirtschaftsuniversität or in the city centre. Each participant makes and pays for their own room reservation. ELSA Alumni takes no responsibility for accommodation costs.

A limited number of rooms are available at Courtyard by Marriott Vienna Prater/Messe until 12 October 2021. Prices for ELSA Alumni are: Double room 144 EUR/night and single room 120 EUR/night, including full breakfast. For special requests or longer stay, please contact the hotel directly.

To use the ELSA Alumni prices, please book the hotel by clicking here.

Rule of Law Conference

The Vienna Summit will feature a high-level conference which will discuss how the Rule of Law can be strengthened. It is being held under the auspices of the Conference on the Future of Europe which is gathering innovative ideas from stakeholders on how the European Union can be more relevant to citizens. The event is – typical for ELSA – aimed at facilitating successful substantive and personal networking between active people at universities and active people in professional life, Europe’s current and future leaders.

We are proud that the Federal President of Austria, Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen, is the Patron of the Vienna Summit. The conference “Rule of Law” is directed by Univ. Prof. Andy Unger from London South Bank University.

Topics include:

  • Relationship between Democracy, Good Government and the Rule of Law
  • Business and the Rule of Law
  • Trade, Corruption and the Rule of Law
  • Globalisation and the Rule of Law
  • The Rule of Law, Human Rights and Public Legal Education (inc. ELSA Alumni ROLE Project)
  • National Traditions of the Rule of Law in Europe: conflict or consensus?
  • Rule of Law and challenges to the Independence of the Judiciary and the impact of Technology and the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Location: Wirtschaftskammer Österreich WKÖ, Wiedner Hauptstraße 63

ELSA Alumni General Assembly

ELSA Alumni General Assembly is the highest decision-making body of the association and members are welcome to attend. On the agenda are elections of the new Board of Directors as well as budget, strategy and future action plans of the alumni association.

Assembly meeting will be followed by networking lunch (nearby restaurant, to be confirmed).

Location: Wirtschaftsuniversität , Welthandelsplatz 1

Social Programme

Vienna offers something for everyone. Why not grab a coffee at the famous Café Landtman, or visit a museum or art gallery. Explore Vienna with old and new friends. For the daytime social programme, we will have alternative itineraries available for you to choose. Based on recommendations from our local friends, you can plan your visit. We are not planning a daytime social programme for all participants (300+) to attend simultaneously.

Friday evening invites to an exchange of generations, nations and positions. We are looking forward to an hilarious mood, informal conversations with old and new friends and, above all, a get-together at eye level. Food and drinks will be provided throughout the evening and a live band will ensure a good atmosphere. We look forward to a fun evening with you in the unconventional WU Mensa!

Saturday evening is time to experience Vienna at it’s best. Gala Dinner will be served at Palais Ferstel at Herrengasse. It was originally built as a National Bank and stock exchange building in 1860. Saturday Gala Dinner location: Palais Ferstel, Strauchgasse 4

Contact & Terms and Conditions

For general questions regarding this event, please contact the Vienna Summit Director, Johanna Kauppinen, via email at johanna_kauppinen@hotmail.com.

For questions regarding invoices and finance, please contact the Treasurer of ELSA Alumni, Rob van Bergen, via email at rob@elsaalumni.org.

All registrations must be paid in full at the time of registration. Cancellation is possible until 30 September 2021 against a full refund of the participation fee. After 30 September 2021,if you cancel your attendance the participation fees are non-refundable.

In case ELSA Alumni is forced to cancel the event due to force majeure / COVID-19 lock down in Vienna that makes the organisation of this event impossible, participation fees will be refunded with the deduction of costs that ELSA Alumni has already occurred in connection to the organisation of this event.

Covid-19 Information

All Covid prevention measures will be strictly enforced. Therefore, we kindly ask you to show each day at the entrance either a valid test result (anti- gen test not older than 48 hours or negative PCR-test not older than 72 hours) OR a vaccination certificate OR a confirmation of a previous infection (not longer than 6 months ago). Please also bring and wear a FFP2 face mask and keep a distance.