Our analyses showed that ELSA Law Schools are dealing mostly with substantive law topics. Furthermore, European universities do not pay as much attention to this very topic as they should. Therefore we have decided to provide something new to the highly developed ELSA network and establish an ELSA Law School in the heart of Europe focusing on procedural issues.
The academic part is the most important and prestigious part of the program. In addition, a corresponding social program was provided through which the participants got to know the city and each other. Consequently, the outstanding program is complemented by unforgettable personal experience, new friendships, cultural exchange and a lot of ELSA Spirit.
We were determined to offer the participants an insight into the world of dispute resolution through an academic program held by some of the leading experts in this field. According to the specifications of ELSA International the academic program comprised 20 hours.
The week started with an introductory day through which the participants got an insight into four different dispute resolution techniques – litigation, arbitration, mediation and negotiation. Subsequently the program focused a further day on each of the mechanisms. This allowed the participants to start the week with basics and to built up to more advanced and profound issues.
The historical aspect, imperial palaces, famous museums and, above all, Hofburg and Schönbrunn – where the Habsburg rulers lived, loved and married into empires, often make us forget that Vienna is one of Europe’s most dynamic urban spaces. Eventually, the participants got to know both Vienna’s grand past and its dynamic present.
The aim of the ELSA Vienna Law School was always clear: to spread the ELSA Spirit!
What is the ELSA Spirit? Well, it’s a mood which results out of a fantastic combination of academic and social activities with internationally minded law students. Although everyone can feel it, nobody can described it by words. Therefore, you have to join one of those events in order to FEEL THE ELSA SPIRIT!