ELSA Giessen was founded in 1993 and as a Local Group is a member of the national umbrella organisation ELSA Germany based in Heidelberg.
Organ of ELSA Giessen is, amongst others, the Local Council Meeting (LCM) that takes place twice a year. It is the highest decision-making body. Furthermore, the Local Board, consisting of the President, Secretary General and Treasurer that have sole power of representation, as well as usually five further board members, is also an organ oft he association.
ELSA Giessen is a non-profit making association that gets ideal support of its advisory council and ideal and financial support of its partners.
ELSA Giessen currently has about 500 members.
ELSA Germany is a member of the international umbrella organisation ELSA, based in Brussels, to which a total of 43 national ELSA groups from all over Europe belong. With approximately 50,000 members, ELSA is represented at over 300 universities and colleges throughout Europe.
ELSA Germany is one of these 43 countries and itself the umbrella organisation of 42 Local Groups. The Local Groups with altogether 11,500 members are independently organised at their universities and colleges. Each of the Local Groups is an independent registered association with its own Local Board. The representatives of the Local Groups elect the National Board of ELSA Germany.
Organ of ELSA Germany is, amongst others, the National Council Meeting (NCM) that takes place twice a year. It is the highest decision-making body. Furthermore, the National Board, consisting of the President, Secretary General and Treasurer that have sole power of representation, as well as four other board members, is also an organ of the association.
ELSA Germany is a non-profit association that gets support of its advisory council as well of its partners.
To the website of ELSA Germany
ELSA is an association under Dutch law based in Amsterdam. In fact, the International Board, as the board of the umbrella organisation is called, works in Brussels, where it maintains an office and residential building.
The task of ELSA International is to coordinate the entire network. ELSA International also maintains contact with other student associations around the world, such as the International Law Students' Association (ILSA) in North America, the Asian Law Students' Association (ALSA) in Japan, the Australian Law Students' Association (ALSA), the African Law Students' Association (AfLSA) in South Africa and the Association des Étudiants Juristes de Côte d'Ivoire (AEJCI) in Côte d'Ivoire.
Many international organisations have granted ELSA observer or consultant status:
- 1994 Observer status in Category C (mutual information relationship) at UNESCO (UNESCO Doc. 144 EX/Decisions, para 5.2).
- 1997 Special Consultative Status in the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (UN Doc. E/1997/97, Decision 1997/295 [p. 158 f.]).
- 2000 Participatory status (formerly Consultative Status) at the Council of Europe.
- 2001 Consultative status at the 34th session of UNCITRAL from 25 June to 13 July 2001 (UN Doc. A/56/17, para 7).
- 2005 Permanent Observer status at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
ELSA has also agreed to cooperate with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
To the website of ELSA International