In 2016, ELSA Nottingham recruited an Organising Committee to explore the potential establishment of a Summer ELSA Law School (SELS) on 'International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law' at the University of Nottingham.
Unlike traditional university courses, the SELS would be open to students from throughout Europe - both members and non-members of ELSA (undermentioned). We believe facilitating a cross-cultural exchange would allow our students to learn from one another at a time when the world is increasingly divided in these legal areas. For example, the politicisation of the current refugee crisis is compromising and infringing upon the rights of refugees under international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
We feel that the most effective and enjoyable way of doing this would be to organise a forum for thoughtful debate and discourse through seminars and workshops without the arbitrary pressures of exams or coursework. Academically, the SELS would thus encourage students to first gain an overview of these legal areas and key themes within them, to then consider current affairs and identify the legal issues surrounding them, and to finally work towards reconciling legal theory with legal practice - both towards the end of the programme and thereafter.
Culturally, the study programme would be accompanied by a full social programme which would introduce international students to life at the University as a potential postgraduate/exchange institution. Each evening, an activity will be organised by the Organising Committee to allow participants to wind down and enjoy their stay in the city. They would also have the opportunity to explore Nottingham and its surrounding areas on one or several sightseeing trips during the weekend. The piece de resistance is the gala ball, open to participants and visiting speakers, which would be the highlight of the SELS at the end of the week!
We hope to organise our first SELS in summer 2017 or summer 2018, subject to available opportunities and requisite deadlines. Keep an eye on this page for updates on our progress!