What is ELSA Legal Research Group (LRG)?

The ELSA Legal Research Group is an academic project which aims at providing the legal community with an international publication which is the outcome of legal research on a specified topic of law conducted by law students and young lawyers. It is called Group because the legal text is drafted collectively by national researchers and finally it is compiled with the rest findings of the other countries. The final report with the findings can serve as a valuable legal source.

How is the research conducted?

ELSA and the academic partner of each LRG draft an academic framework. This is a list of approximately 10 questions. The researchers are asked to answer these questions by having researched their national legislation and case law first in order to find out the level that the European and international conventions, directives and agreements are implemented. The aim is to give answers to the questions and make comparisons and conclusions publicly accessible within 25-35 pages per country.

How many participants per country and what are their roles in the whole project?

Each country can have a National Research Group consisting of 1 National Coordinator for the promotion of the project, recruitment and guidance of the researchers and facilitation of communication with ELSA International; 1-3 National Academic Supervisor(s) for the evaluation of the legal texts and provision of academic feedback to the researchers; 3-10 National Researchers for the legal research and writing the report with the findings; 1-3 National Linguistic Editor(s) for the proofreading of the text, corrections regarding the terminology and compilation of the findings. The countries are coordinated by the International Coordination Team which is selected by ELSA International before the national recruitment. This team consists of the same positions plus the ones of the International Academic Coordinator and the International Technical Editor and they all have similar duties in international scale though.

Who can participate in the project?

The ELSA LRG is free of charge and addresses to ELSA and non-ELSA members. Every law student (pre graduate, post graduate, PhD) and young lawyers can be members of the national research groups. However, for the position of the National Academic Supervisor we encourage people who have the necessary expertise on the field of the research in order to be able to provide the researchers with academic feedback and correct their texts if necessary. Therefore, lecturers, professors, experts and lawyers are the ideal ones for this position.

May students coming from different universities in one country participate in the same National Research Group?

Yes. The can be only one National Research Group per country. Therefore, we encourage the cooperation within the respective universities of each country.

Can someone apply for a National Research Group although he/she lives in a different country?

The ELSA LRG asks for participants who are very familiar with a specific national legislation. It can be the one of the country of origin or the one of the country they study/work at.

How long does the research last?

The ELSA LRG is launched every October. The National Coordinators are asked to promote it in their countries. After the phase of recruitment the researchers are able to begin with the research in December and finalize their national report by May. The final report is published in July.

Can someone participate more than once in an ELSA LRG?


Which are the assets of participating in this project?

ELSA have as LRG Academic Partners big institutions (eg Council of Europe) and cooperates with leading experts on the field of each LRG in order to prepare a rewarding project. The participants get a certificate by ELSA and the academic partner and are invited afterwards in the concluding conference. The report of the research is published online and distributed to ELSA’s whole network. The participants have the chance to exercise their legal writing skills and boost their teamwork, leadership, management skills, while they substantially enrich their CV with an international publication.