European Law Students' Association (ELSA) Nottingham

ELSA has a consultative status with several intergovernmental organisations, is a member of various international associations and cooperates with many different legal entities. Delegations will give you a chance to observe sessions in the Headquarters of International Organisations, to be a part of various conferences and to get to know cities you have never been to before. 

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Jessica Allen

Delegate to the 27th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland

Delegate to the 2015 Council of Europe Conference on 'Freedom of Expression: Still a precondition for democracy?' 

"Applying as a Fresher, I honestly didn’t anticipate being selected for an ELSA Delegation as applicants apply from many countries across Europe. Incredibly, I was thrilled to hear that myself and three other delegates from Romania, France and Austria had been chosen - all of whom have since become some of my closest friends. As delegations are self-funded, with this one based in a notoriously expensive country, I was even luckier to receive funding (so don't be put off applying because of the expense!)

As well as the core sessions, the Palais des Nations housed a huge variety of discussions and side events which were centred upon prominent Human Rights issues. After coming home, I noticed how the experience enhanced my understanding of Human Rights law. More significantly, it facilitated further opporunities being open to me; from delivering a student presentation to a seminar class at UoN, to writing an article for the UK Human Rights Blog, to even attending a second delegation the year after!"


Freya Claydon

Delegate to the 57th Session of the UN Committee Against Torture in Geneva, Switzerland

"Being appointed an ELSA international delegate at the United Nations' Committee Against Torture's 57th Session in Geneva was the highlight of my University experience. ELSA offers so many fantastic opportunities but the opportunity to attend international delegations has to be the crowning jewel in its repertoire. During my delegation, not only did I have the chance to network with country delegates, other NGOs and human rights experts but I also gained a unique insight into the everyday functioning of the United Nations and the Periodic Review procedures of the Committee Against Torture.

Specifically for the week I was in Geneva I attended the CAT reviews of Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the Philippines, all of which were fascinating. Moreover I was able to share my delegation experience (as well as Geneva sightseeing) with four other lovely ELSA delegates from across the network, like-minded law students I can now say I am good friends with. I cannot advocate ELSA delegations enough. You have the opportunity to travel, make international friends, witness international decision making firsthand at leading institutions and also have endless fodder for subsequent job applications!" 


Carrie Elkington

Delegate to the 49th Session of the Working Party V (Insolvency Law) of UNCITRAL in New York, USA

"Personally, ELSA has given me opportunity to go on a delegation to the United Nations Headquarters (New York, USA) to further pursue my interest in trade law and its regulation at a transnational level. Not to mention, my trip was fully funded by various University of Nottingham scholarships! This was an amazing opportunity to boost my CV and I had the added bonus of being able to explore one of the greatest cities in the world!"



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