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What is an ELSA Delegation?

The international board of ELSA regularly sends delegations to numerous interna-tional organisations in which ELSA holds consultative status. Being part of a delegation offers you the unique opportunity to participate in ses-sions and gatherings of international organisations and gain an inside view behind the sceens.

How to become a member of a delegation?

After ELSA International decides to send a delegation to a session, they put out a call for delegation via the international and national mailing lists. All current calls for delegation are listed here.

The call for delegation consists of name, date and location of the session and may also list further information on the content of the session. The application form re-quests details on personal data, education, ELSA-CV and questions regarding your motivation to become a delegate.

The application is open to all ELSA members which are interested in the an-nounced topics and are motivated to deal with specific international legal issues. The international board selects the participants and appoints the head of delegation.

What kind of tasks awaits me as a delegate?



To be able to professionally represent ELSA during the sessions at the respective bodies, it is necessary for delegates to do research before and maybe during the sessions and work with all relevant materials. The participants take part in sessions of the body and also attend various other events taking place at the same time. An-other important task is to establish contact to other delegations of NGOs, states, ex-perts and other participants. These contacts will be forwarded to ELSA International so the whole network can benefit. After the session, the delegation reports to the ELSA International board, which will make the report accessible to the whole net-work.

Also, upon request, delegation members can give presentations in their re-spective home countries. The head of delegation coordinates the work of the whole delegation. He supports the academic preparations and makes sure, that the work of the delegation is of high quality and always acts in a professional way.

Current Delegations

Each year ELSA International sents Delegations to a number of international organizations, in which ELSA is an oberserver. In a delegation of ELSA-members from all over Europe, you got the chance to take part in sessions yourself and take a look behind the curtains!

Be part of an ELSA Delegationen to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), UN Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC) or the UN high Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

List of Delegations:

  1. Missing Children Europe - Lost in Migration - Working together in protecting children from disappearance Conference, Malta, 26.01.2017 - 27.01.2017
  2. OHCHR - The Working Group on Regulatory Framework of Activities of Private Military and Security Companies, 5th Session, Geneva, 12.12.2016 – 16.12.2016
  3. UNCITRAL – Working Group II: Dispute Settlement, 66th Session, New York, 06.02.2017 – 10.02.2017 Working Group VI: Security Interests, 31th Session, New York, 13.02.2017 – 17.02.2017
  4. UN ECOSOC - Commission for Social Development (CSocD), 55th Session, New York, 01.02.2017 – 10.02.2017
  5. WIPO - Standing Committee on the Law of Patents, 25th Session, Geneva, 12.12.2016 – 15.12.2016
    Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore, 33rd Session, Geneva, 27.02.2017 – 03.03.2017

Curious? You can find all new Delegations and more information here.