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12 – 14 November 2021, Vienna, Austria

In 1981, the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) was founded in Vienna by four committed law students from Germany, Poland, Hungary and Austria. Since then, ELSA has grown to the largest independent law student’s association in the world. ELSA is active in 44 countries and 432 law faculties and has over 60,000 members today and is also successfully active in Austria at six universities.

ELSA Austria, ELSA International and ELSA Alumni will celebrate the 40th anniversary with guests from all over Europe from 12 – 14 November 2021 – of course again in Vienna.
The Vienna Summit will feature a high-level conference which will discuss how the
Rule of Law can be strengthened. It is being held under the auspices of the Conference on the Future of Europe which is gathering innovative ideas from stakeholders on how the European Union can be more relevant to citizens. The event is – typical for ELSA – aimed at facilitating successful substantive and personal networking between active people at universities and active people in professional life, Europe’s current and future leaders.

We are proud that the Federal President of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen, is the Patron of the Vienna Summit. The conference “Rule of Law” is directed by Univ. Prof. Andy Unger from London South Bank University.

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We are looking forward to welcoming you to Vienna and celebrating 40 years of ELSA with you. The main purpose of the Vienna Summit is to bring together ELSA students and Alumni members all over Europe to build networks and to contribute to discussions with high-level speakers during the Conference about how to improve the “Rule of Law” in Europe.

This event will comply with all applicable Austrian COVID-19 security measures. Therefore, we kindly ask you to show each day at the entrance either a vaccination certificate recognized by the EU OR a confirmation of a previous infection (not longer than 6 months ago). COVID-tests such as antigen or PCR, do not entitle you to attend the event. You also need to bring and should always carry with you a FFP2 face mask.

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Many thanks to the supporters and friends of ELSA who made the realization of the event possible.