ELSA groups all over the Europe organise Study Visits in cooperation with other ELSA Groups. They provide ELSA members with the possibility of visiting other ELSA groups in other countries and host other groups in their own town. Such an exchange between people with different cultural and legal background includes a social, cultural and academic program that provides participants with an exchange of legal knowledge. Therefore it is one of the core ELSA activities and promotes our vision „A just world in which there is respect for human dignity and cultural diversity“
There a different variations of Study Visits:
- Unilateral Study Visits – one ELSA group visits another one.
- Bilateral Study Visit – two ELSA groups visit one another.
- Multilateral Study Visit – a few ELSA groups visit one group or one another.
An Institutional Visit is a visit to governmental or non-governmental organisations, public administrations or private institutions, where the main purpose of the event is the visit itself. On national level a visit could be organised to federal institutions, for example the German Federal High Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof), the Ger-man Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) or the German Na-tional Parliament (Bundestag). On international level European Union institutions such as the Council of Europe or the European Court of Human Right are usually preferred destinations for such a visit. Depending on the distance between the university town of the visiting local group and the duration of the visit can be anything from a few hours and a week. Any in-stitutional visits offers a wonderful opportunity to obtain an inside view into actual legal work in public service.