Academic Activities

Legal Workshops

Let’s get into practice

LLegal workshops are an important part of ELSA. Participants are given the opportunity to participate actively in discussions and lectures on a specific topic or legal area, which are held by our partner law firms.

After the workshop there will be a cozy get-together, where the students have the opportunity to exchange contacts with lawyers and partners.


Legal Lectures

Expand your legal knowledge and soft skills
By academic lectures and practical days, ELSA Austria gives students of law and business law the chance to get to know different legal topics in depth and to get answers from professionals from the field. Legal lectures are held on topical topics such as cyber law.



Legal Insights

Get to know your future employer over lunch

At the Legal Insights, students have the opportunity to get a first insight into everyday legal life, just like at Breakfast@Law events. The purpose of a Breakfast@Law is for students to get an insight into the particular law firm hosting such an event in a cosy atmosphere over breakfast and to network with the partners of the firm as well as with each other.

ELSA Law Review

A Law Review is a legal journal on a specific legal topic, usually organized by students for students. With the ELSA Austria Law Review, ELSA Austria has set itself the goal of promoting the “legal-writing-skills” of students and giving them the opportunity to participate in the academic and legal-political discourse in Austria at an early age. Furthermore, it is a considerable advantage to be able to include in one’s CV a publication in a law journal at the beginning of one’s career or even before that, which is then published by the Federal Ministry of Justice, is available in all university libraries and is sent to all partner law firms.

The origin of this format lies in the Anglo-American area. Most universities in America have their own law review. The oldest was found at the University of Pennsylvania, which was published in 1852. Also in ELSA this project enjoys continuity in national groups like ELSA Poland, ELSA Slovakia, ELSA Malta, etc. The tradition of the ELSA Austria Law Review (EALR) is not quite as long – the idea to create one in Austria was born in 2014. The first edition of the EALR was dedicated to the topic “Internationality and Law” and was presented for the first time at the Federal Ministry of Justice on 27 October 2016. Since then, the EALR has dealt with topics such as antitrust and competition law, the ErbRÄG and reforms which will soon be presented to the Federal Ministry of Justice.

Procedure of the ELSA Law Review

Phase I: Preparation & Submission of Papers

In preparation, the VP AA of ELSA Austria plans the whole course of the project. It is a matter of defining the topic, formulating and sending out the calls, both for positions on the Editorial Board and for contributions, contacting professors who teach the relevant legal field or recruiting other specialists for the EALR, contacting the Verlag Österreich as Publishing Partner and the BMJ as cooperation partner, setting provisional deadlines together with the editorial Board to revise existing files such as citation rules, etc.

Phase II: Review

In this phase the Editorial Board examines the contributions against the internally defined and formal requirements for the Law Review (compliance with the formal requirements, checks on plagiarism, etc. ). The content of the academic contribution is then examined by experts in the respective field (the professors mentioned above or other specialists). All changes, both in form and content, are marked with mark-ups and returned to the authors for correction. Thus, the Editorial Board does not make any changes to the text itself.

Phase III: Processing and printing phase

The best of the final articles, as well as forewords, editorials, general information, the cover, etc. are then selected. is processed into a coherent file, which is then transmitted to the Austrian publishing house after printing.

Phase IV: Publication

Ultimately the work should also be worthwhile and the EALR should be made public. Then the respective VP AA can decide whether he/she plans a publication ceremony or just sending it to the university libraries, partners, etc. to give the EALR a wider reach. The EALR has been operating since its second Edition also regularly included in the e-library of the Austrian publishing house. Under the following link all articles of the last EALR editions are available:

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Topic: Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights
Deadline: 07.02.2021

ELSA Legal Research Group

The Legal Research Group (LRG) is a project of ELSA International in which national groups can participate as research groups. A list of questions on a certain subject area will be asked, which must be worked out. The working language of this project is English and the aim is to draw up an international legal comparison. Finally it is the aim of each national research group to send a “Final Report” to ELSA International in good time with the questions elaborated in accordance with national law, so that a legal comparison can be made. Further information on the LRG (positions, procedure, question list, etc. ) can be found at https://legalresearch. elsa. org.

For the participation of a national group in the LRG, there is a “separate board”, i. e. various positions apart from the National Board that must be filled in order for a national research group to actually participate in the LRG. This “own board” consists of:

National Cooridinator

The National Cooridinator is responsible for the contact between the national research group and ELSA International. The National Coordinator is usually the VP AA of the respective National Board. However if such a person has not been elected or someone else wants to take the role, it is not a problem for someone else to take the position.

National Academic Coordinator

The National Academic Coordinator is responsible for internal communication among the National Researchers. Its task is to set internal deadlines and to support researchers with advice and deeds on content-related issues.

National Researcher

The National Researchers is as the name suggests, the Researchers are the people who come up with the above mentioned list of questions. The questionnaire is prepared by ELSA International and can be accessed in advance for all national research groups on the homepage of the LRG.

National Linguistic Editors

The National Linguistic Editors is, as this is an international research project and the working language is English, it is also important to ensure the quality of the Legal English. Thus the National Linguistic Editors are responsible for the linguistic review of the searches.

National Academic Supervisors

The National Academic Supervisor is responsible for researcher content issues. National Academic Supervisors should be individuals with sound and professional knowledge in the particular area that the LRG is concerned with and also be able to provide academic feedback to the researchers on their work.