Aihearkisto: In English

STEP traineeship at the Council of Europe

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In the spring of 2016, I applied for ELSA STEP traineeships for the first time. Since my main field of interest is refugee law, I chose the Council of Europe’s migration and refugee unit as my number one option. To be honest, I was not really expecting to get the traineeship as only one person gets selected, but it turned out that the time and effort I had put into the application paid off!

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees was appointed in 2016 to assist the member states of the Council of Europe in coping with the high numbers of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe. He carries out fact-finding missions to CoE member states, and the goal is to strengthen communication and cooperation within the Council and with international partners in the field of migration. Since his post has only been in existence for a year or so, the unit is still very new.

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My main tasks included media monitoring and research on migration issues. I prepared a weekly update on the situation of refugees in Europe for the team to identify potential problems in CoE member states and issues that needed further attention. I also put together fact-sheets on several countries detailing different aspects of their migration laws and policies.

My other tasks included doing background research for the Special Representative’s fact-finding missions, assisting with the publication of his reports, and attending meetings and sessions to take notes for the Special Representative. By attending PACE sessions, press conferences, cooperation meetings with UN bodies, and events organised by the Permanent Representations of different countries, I managed to get a good overall understanding of the work of the organisation and its partners.

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During the internship, I strengthened my research and fact-checking skills as well as my ability to think critically. And most importantly, I deepened my knowledge on migration laws and policies and on the situation of refugees in various countries while gaining a better understanding of the role the Council of Europe plays in the field of migration. The Council was also a great place in terms of networking, and I met numerous inspiring people from ambitious trainees to high-level diplomats. It was great to spend time with similar-minded people, and making new friends was easy as there are lots of trainees at the Council through different internship programmes.

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Strasbourg is a beautiful city with an international atmosphere. While I worked in the Agora building, I also got to see the other buildings of the European institutions: I participated in a tour of Palais de l’Europe and attended sessions in its Hemicycle chamber, visited the Finnish Permanent Representation, saw the final of this year’s ELSA Human Rights Moot Court Competition, and met a Finnish lawyer working at the European Court of Human Rights who gave me a tour of the Court building and told me about her interesting job over coffee. The location of Strasbourg and the good train and bus connections also make it easy to visit other parts of France and the neighbouring countries (particularly Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg are within easy reach).

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I’m confident that this experience will prove to be an invaluable asset in regards to my future career, and I would highly recommend the traineeship to any law student interested in human rights. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and you have every chance of being selected if you just take the time to write an application showing genuine enthusiasm!

 

Nora Sinokki

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ELSA Baltic Sea Exchange

 

ELSA Baltic Exchange took place from February 20th to February 21th in Finland and Sweden. Before applying I had mixed feelings about it. First, none of my friends could tell me how exactly it was going to be happening, they were just comforting me with “It’s ELSA, it’s gonna be great!.” Second, none of my close Finnish friends were going and I was feeling a bit lost in advance…you know this feeling when you are going to a party for some reason but you don’t know anyone there – these were my feelings. However, on the bright side, the exchange was about intellectual property law (my one love) and I could not resist. In addition, I felt like I needed a change at the end of the February when the weather is not really switching to the spring and exams are all over your schedule. So the trip looked like a good way to take a break and allow yourself to escape for a while.

As the time before the exchange was coming, I realized that one of my friends was going to participate as well and I felt relieved. After spending 2 hours trying to get to the harbor with our heavy bags and with nice dresses (because we had a dress code), I had a feeling this trip would be most certainly something to remember.

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We arrived to Stockholm in the dark gloomy morning. It had been raining and for many people who saw Stockholm for the first time everything appeared to be grey. I hope they could come once again to see how this beautiful city looks like in the sun. We had a lovely socialization with the Finnish team the night before and all my worries about interactions with people I saw the first time in my life had been unnecessary: everyone was really nice and excited about the trip and for some it was not the first time on board. It was also interesting to talk about ELSA in general and all of the events that will be thrown in the nearest future. If you read this, ELSA Turku, we really need a study trip to Joensuu!

The first place we visited in Stockholm was Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå AB – the biggest law firm in Sweden. We had a short presentation and case study with Emma Kadri and it was followed by lunch. Other associates joined us there to tell about their experience in the firm and how they got their jobs (the top question from the participants).

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After that we had a short walk to the Swedish Patent and Registration office and it was something I personally looked forward a lot. Main reason for that is because studying intellectual property as my major, the general information is not that new after all the courses we had in UTU. To be honest, patenting was my least favourite thing to learn, I found it quite boring and even case law on patents is mostly straightforward. You file application, wait for the decision and then renew your patent if needed: what could possibly go wrong? I’m exaggerating of course but you get the point: it’s not too fun at all.  So I was expecting to hear how it is working from the perspective of the Patent Office, what are they doing when they receive the application? It became obvious that the presenters not only knew what they were talking about (10+ years of experience) but also they were absolutely passionate about their job. They had no troubles discussing any IP matters. It was a pleasure to hear how they were a part of creating patent office as it is now and how they express themselves fondly of their work. Swedish Patent and Registration office is not concentrating on only the patents but also they give consultations on the other matters, like copyright. Apart from it, they have a project that helps to establish intellectual property rights protection in the developing countries and they are holding several lectures within this project and travel to those countries to check on their progress.

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After as it seems like a great educational day we headed to the ship and had some nice ELSA spirit games and socialization time. I can’t write much about the entertainment part but let me just tell you – it’s something and you have to try it. My friends were honest being not able to describe it. Imagine the nicest ELSA party but on the boat :)

In Helsinki we got introduced to two law firms. In Borenius Antti Husa told about the company in general and Jemina Bonsdorff about the intellectual property practices in particular. She presented very interesting topic about copyright and licensing of video materials and most importantly explained how is it working in practice. What are they looking for? How the legal analysis is happening step-by-step? This are some of the questions that were answered.

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Our last point was Dittmar & Indrenius office. Ricardo Gomes and Wilma Yläjärvi-Tuominen made a small presentation about the activity of the company and gave us some case materials. Each group had its own case and we had to advise the client from the legal perspectives. As in real life, it was nicely screwed up by the client and it took some time to think how to solve it.

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I actually wasn’t supposed to write this much but how else can I tell you that it’s really worth going and that it was interesting and well balanced? I didn’t feel tired of the parties (if you don’t know what I’m talking about never mind) and education part did not exhaust me either, quite opposite, I was leaving with a feeling that i have absolutely successfully spent my time in a company of great people all interested in the same thing.

Text: Ganna Burynska

My week as an ELSA delegate

I had a normal Sunday ahead – certainly nothing special to be expected. I was deleting junk mail from my email folder when I noticed email beginning with the words ‘Congratulations Laura!’. I was selected for United Nations OHCRC’s delegation! (To those who don’t know: OHCHR is an abbreviation from ‘Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights’).

In the beginning I wasn’t sure about applying but finally decided to submit an application. Just because your chances to get a delegation place are significantly better than without applying at all. So I submitted my resume(s) and motivation letter. In the application process you’ll be asked to provide information about your ELSA activities as well as your academic coursework/ knowledge/experience in the field. You don’t need to be ELSA’s board member to get selected and in the application process you can compensate lack of ELSA experience with academic knowledge or internship. It’s smart to provide a list of your coursework and legal internships. So no worries for those who are new with ELSA. : )

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After the selection was made I booked the flights and started to consult some friends in Geneva.  (Thanks to my awesome friends in Switzerland I got an apartment 60km away from Geneva, in Lausanne).

On Monday the exciting part (the delegation!!) started. The feeling when I went through the security control, got my UN badge and met my delegate friends at the palace was something quite different (and quite awesome!) from my average day. Together we found our session room and found seats in the middle of other NGOs. Everyone seemed to know what they were doing.  Atmosphere was something I expected from the United Nations – quite severe, really respectful and the room brought together people from various countries. Almost all continents were present.

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United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Palais Wilson in Geneva (The place where our sessions were held).

Session started with adoption of the agenda. We had two sessions a day, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon – 3 hours each. The representatives of the country whose report was being discussed, members of the Human Rights Committee and NGOs (read: us) were all together.

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Our delegate squad! France x2, Azerbaizan, Ireland and Finland. It was an honor to meet Kalpana, Marion, Bayram and Emma!

After the adoption of the agenda, the Human Rights Committee asked detailed questions about the actual impact of new legal instruments, their enforcement and statistics.

Those human rights problems that were discussed varied from hate crimes to cases of torture and from impunity to position of displaced people in Colombia. So real things and difficult ones. During the sessions countries were required to prove that their measures have had an impact. In case of new legislation countries had for instance to prove the effectiveness of the measures and provide information about the judgments and procedures. In the case of Poland (abortion law) the country had to ensure that those women whose health was in danger according to the law actually had an access to affordable health care services.

As an ELSA delegate you’re not allowed to make any statements.  So you mainly listened, made notes and in a way anticipated the answers.

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All in all, Geneva was an incredible experience. The city has also a lot to offer for law students interested in international law since the Geneva Graduate Institutions has many seminars about actual topics. There were seminars about migration crisis and TTIP in the course of our delegation week.

Only minus in Geneva is that is ridiculously expensive so it’s really not a bad idea to bring your own food with you. As a thumb rule meat and fruits cost four times more than in Finland. I managed to survive with 40 euros/food/week with the help of protein powders and porridges (from Finland), quark (the only thing that is cheap in Switzerland!) and packed sandwiches (not so cheap but in comparison a meal at Mc Donald’s cost 15 euros). So, you can survive.

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PS If you want to be a part of delegation and ask about applying/delegation/anything else just ask me. : )

Best,

Laura Sirpoma

ELSA delegation in New York

In Spring 2016 two of my dreams became true! One of them was visiting the United Nations Headquarters in New York and the other one being actually visiting New York. In December 2015 I was lucky to get an email stating that I was appointed as a delegate of ELSA International to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem, April 19th to 21st, in New York. I was one of the five delegates appointed by ELSA International.

The delegation started with finding (stalking) all the other delegates from Facebook and creating a group for planning the trip. The delegation consisted of myself from Finland (and Estonia), Matéj (from Czech Republic), Federico (from Italy) and Yuriy (from Ukraine). Unfortunately, Rahmat (from Indonesia) was not able to participate. At this point it is safe to say we had a great variety of different cultures attending and I couldn’t be more excited.

You’re probably thinking that nothing could go wrong on a perfect-sounding trip like this – well I’m going to stop you right there, because I think in my case pretty much everything went wrong, at least in the beginning :D. So I’m struggling if I should actually tell the whole story or just the fun part. Well, after giving it a thought, I’ve decided to write a little bit of both.

I started my trip on 15th of April. I had a connecting flight from Tallinn (connection in Helsinki) to NY. Since my Tallinn-Helsinki flight was delayed, I missed my NY flight with the result that I was seated on Helsinki-Heathrow, Heathrow-New York flights. Instead of arriving to NY at 4pm on Friday, I was there 7 hours later, which meant that everybody else had already headed to the apartment and I had to survive totally new place all by myself. Oh, and I also got my luggage two days before heading back to Finland, which automatically meant a lot of shopping at the Woodbury outlet area. YAY! But enough about the obstacles! Now to the fun part, that is the delegation itself! J

The delegation lasted for three days, but we all stayed in US approximately for a week. Three of us rented the apartment together, and one of us stayed at his friend’s place. The UN Headquarter was amazing, and of course the delegation itself. Even though it was a shame we were not given the access to side events where actually all the hottest debates were held, we managed to make the best of our time at the UN.

If you are not familiar, the UNGASS is a meeting of UN member states to assess and debate global issues such as health, gender, or in this case the world’s drug control priorities. Lastly, a special session on drug problems was held in 1998, its focus being the total elimination of drugs worldwide. Today, the approach is somewhat different, that is more humane, when discussing the drug problem. The outcome document of UNGASS was “Our joint commitment to effectively addressing and countering the world drug problem”, adopted in April 19, 2016. This document provided recommendations and guidelines for Member States on drug control, including measures to combat demand and supply of illicit drugs, new emerging challenges in drug control, international cooperation and alternative development programs for drug-producing regions. Recommendations of the outcome document were one of the major topics to be discussed during general debate and also round-tables. As there is a definite progress in the new document, many countries argued the document to be still rather toothless, which it actually is.

The statements given by the states were interesting and first of all engrossing. Majority of the states tended to agree on terms how to make the progress regarding the world drug problem, but there were exceptions supporting criminalization of drug dealing/using and the capital punishment for drug dealers for example. Our delegation agreed that the major topics of the delegation were: a new approach on drug control; supply and demand reduction; harm reduction; legalization and decriminalization of possession and use of some of the narcotic drugs; capital punishment; indigenous communities and traditional cultivation of plants containing narcotic or psychotropic substances; new psychoactive substances; organized crime, money laundering, corruption, terrorism and other drug-related crimes; and the principle of common and shared responsibility.
All in all New York treated us well and the delegation was definitely the best part of it. If in doubt whether to go or not, do yourself a favor and go! ;)

 

Kadri Vatman

STEP TRAINEESHIP – MY SUMMER ADVENTURE IN AUSTRIA

Nächster Halt: Schwaz.” (in English: “Next stop: Schwaz”). I wake up from my day dreaming to a sharp, German speaking female voice and take my gaze away from the scenery outside the train.  Although the voice has become familiar to me during the last four weeks when travelling between my new summer home and work place I can never get enough of the landscape flashing by the window: blue mountains glimmering in the morning dawn, frisky swallows playing in the air, traditional Tyrolian houses that looked like the witch’s hut in the children book Hansel and Gretel. Once again I remember how lucky I am to be selected for a traineeship in Tyrol, Austria. Before I started studying I spent most of my gap years abroad. My only fear with studying law was that it might be hard to travel as law is quite specific to each country. However, after studying law for just two years in Finland, I found myself participating in the traineeship programme STEP run by European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) and working in a district commission (in German: Bezirkshauptmannschaft) in Schwaz, Austria

The district commission authorises and controls different projects in the Schwaz district. During my traineeship I have been placed in two different units of the commission: first in the environment, conservation, water and forest unit, then in the unit controlling traffic in the district. I enjoy the work because of its diversity: half of the week I spend driving with my colleagues around the district – yes, stunning nature again! – answering questions concerning different permissions, such as water law related permissions, and organizing public hearings. While being outside the office I do not have too much responsibility: I am mainly learning there. I find it extremely fascinating to see the law is not operating in a void: lawyers in the district work alongside the specialists in different fields, such as geologists and engineers. Every day one could learn so much from each other! The other half of the week I sit in the office and write different types of legal documents, like decisions and tickets, in German. In the beginning I was astonished: I have never drafted a single legal document, even in Finnish, and now I was doing it in a different language! After one week I had learnt more legal German than ever in university and got an insight into the Austrian legal system. I also noticed that due to harmonization process of the European Union the Austrian environmental law, for instance, was quite similar to Finnish environmental legislation. During my work I also have to tolerate the fact that I am not always the sharpest pencil in the drawer for German was not my mother language and in the beginning it took me a whole day to draft a single document. Luckily my colleagues are extremely supportive and helpful, always ready to assist me when needed. In addition, as four weeks has almost passed, the work that once took me a whole day is now ready in half that time.

It was also beneficial to go abroad via ELSA: the local representative for the STEP programme has been in contact with me since I was selected. It made me feel comfortable to know someone was waiting for me in Austria. She also introduced me to my employer on the first day and would have organised the accommodation for me too. Luckily I had a good friend in Tyrol whose parents hosted me for a month. All in all, it was a great choice to participate in the traineeship programme via ELSA because I know whatever happens, I am not alone.

And how do I spend my free time? I enjoy the mountains, of course. Hiking, climbing, paragliding… “Emmi, the world is so beautiful,” a father of a good friend of mine tended to say. “You’ve better go and explore it!” And that’s exactly what I am doing now.

Emmi Simonen

 

 

Law and the Internet seminar

Law and Internet are two things we all think we are aware of. We know what the Law is (or at least study it) and as global children we for sure know what is Internet. When you try to combine these two subjects, it turns out that Internet law is pretty tricky. Not only it is hard to imagine what we are dealing with (as it mostly covers relations concerning intangible goods) but it is also hard to define applicable law (since multiple countries are involved).

This rapidly developing area even in theory seems controversial, so hearing the thoughts from practicing lawyers was a good idea both for those, who had just started studying law and for students that have taken a couple of courses in the IP and IT law areas.

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First two lawyers (Antti Innanen and Jaakko Lindgrèn) described briefly the key issues in digital world and data transfer. Antti Innanen has started with explaining what is value in general understanding and what value means in digital world. We all can agree that the more advanced our technologies becomes, the more we go away from the old-fashioned sense of value and comes to the “value of the intangibles”, that has overcome “the value of the tangibles”. Antti stressed that we have to understand it the sooner the better since we will most likely might work in some related areas.  Jaakko Lindgrèn focused his presentation on data protection. I would share the opinion of many lawyers if say that this issue is highly underestimated. Some of support an idea that we are “not that important” for government, big brother or anyone else to surf our interned history, others are convinced that we have to minimize usage of traced souses and be very close to writing encrypted messages to our friends in advertisement areas of “Turun Sanomat”. The truth is, as always, somewhere in between.

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The third presenter, Jussi Kari, had shared very practical points of BitTorrent and copyright Letters sending that is happening now in Finland and in other countries. We have to agree with him that it is both cash grab and effective anti-piracy but still a little bit more a cash grab. Jussi showed some statistics about sending the letters within the years, the costs for maintenance of such and also explained what the possible solutions to the issue are. Not only the topic was engaging but also the practical approach to the presenting. I believe Jussi was able to interest everyone: the way of his explaining was simple and understandable so students with general understanding of issues and students, who are conduction their researches in the relevant areas, were also interested in practical issues as it is always interesting to observe how theory finds its fulfillment on practice.

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As the last word I have to thank ELSA Turku for organizing such event. I hope many of the bachelor degree students will now be more interested in Law and the Interned and more seminars will be held.

Ganna Burynska
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Pictures: Antti Malmberg & Noora Wilén

My week at Turku Summer Law School

It was a warm summer day and I was walking through the streets of Vienna when the noise of my phone indicated that I had received an E-mail. It was from ELSA and informing me that I had been chosen to participate in the Turku Summer Law School on Corporate Social Responsibility from Aug. 2nd to Aug. 9th 2015. I let out a scream of joy – yes, people were looking – and accidentally sent my mobile on an unscheduled flight. That was the day I crashed my smartphone beyond repair.

On Aug. 1st I left Vienna by plane to Helsinki Vantaa where I arrived in the middle of the night. After a good night’s sleep I took the bus to Turku. And boy, was I nervous and excited! Would my roommates be nice? Would I fit in the group? Will I be able to follow the lectures? And what about the moot court? Since I’ve never been in a moot court before, this was particularly exciting for me. The bus ride was also quite challenging since the bus driver only talked in Finnish and at that point I could only understand words like “Kiitos” and “Anteeksi”. So I was not sure, when my station would come up. In the end I managed it. It was three in the afternoon when I finally arrived in Turku. I was heartily welcomed by Veronica, Hanna and Jarl-Johan and showed up to my room at Hesehotelli. It didn’t take long until I got acquainted with my roommates who had already arrived earlier that day.

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In the evening we had our first official event: The welcome party. It took place at the law students association’s party venue where we were fed properly and introduced to our very first Salmaria shot. Oh and of course we learned how to say cheers in Finnish “Kippis!”. But since we all were quite tired from travelling that day we went home early that night.

The next day we all met in front of Hesburger to walk over to Turun yliopisto where we would get breakfast and the much needed coffee and then the lectures were about to start. First we had an introduction by Jaako Salminen and were divided into work groups for the moot court cases. I have to say I was really glad about the outcome for I was teamed up with the lovely ladies Paola, Lucy, Anni and Dilara. And yes, we were representing the “Superbad Guys”. Our client was Afrimex UK ltd. a company that imports cassiterite and other minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Problem was, that they cooperated with companies in the DRC that received those minerals from mines that support forced labor as well as child labor. But we were up for the challenge and really motivated.

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At five the lectures ended, then one hour time to change and off we were to the sea where we would have dinner and sauna. After that some of us went on to a bar in Turku where we once again were able to taste the most delicious Finnish beers.

Next day in the morning: Off to university! Consumer’s Ethical Responsibility, CSR and Contract Law, Directive on Non-Financial Reporting and time to work on the moot court cases was on this day’s schedule. For me, Sirpa Pietikäinen’s lecture was the most inspiring one. It was more than a pleasure to listen to her and engage in a discussion. And one could really notice that everyone was on fire. Even when not in class we had heated discussions on CSR, how CSR is incorporated in each of our native countries and of course how studying law looks like in the different countries. What a spirit.

But the most fun I had was with my moot court team. We read through the case brief, discussed the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and talked about ways how we could convince the jury that our client is not in any way involved with the happenings in the DRC. A difficult task but since everyone was very competitive we enjoyed the hard work ahead of us. We divided the research equally between us and would meet again the next day to reveal our findings to each other.

After a short time at the hotel we were on for sightseeing. We picked up bikes and divided into small groups. Each group was led by someone who knows their way around Turku. Monica, Max, David, Stephan, Filip and I were in the group led by Noora. We cycled around Turku and stopped for various sights. First, we visited the church where Jussi provided us with interesting historic informations on the church and Turku in general. Then we had a quiz in front of the Library. Max won and got Tyrkisk Peber. Later on we had a lot of fun trying this unusual sweet and I have to say, I have gotten a relatively strong addiction from that. ELSA Turku, I blame you for that. ;-) Afterwards we drove to the castle where we had Pizza in the park and chased some seagulls. Then we went to the boat bars and of course for our first time to Club Marilyn.

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After a short night’s rest, we went to university again. We dug deeper and deeper into the subject of CSR and heard especially about the practical meanings of CSR and how it is achieved in firms like Eversheds and PWC. In between breaks my team and I met for further discussing our case. We started talking about what the opposing team from Global Witness could throw at us and how we could disarm all of their arguments.

In the evening we had dinner at the loveliest restaurant that I have ever visited. And the food, just amazing! After that we headed to the boat bars again and to Club Marilyn, where we received the traditional student badges. I think all of us were a little sad, that we didn’t have overalls to sew them on.

The next day was the day BMC (before moot court). The most stressful day of the SLS. In the morning we had a lecture on how to improve our presentation skills. First task was to get up in front of the class and talk shortly about something we are passionate about. It was really interesting because I knew exactly what field of law everyone was interested in, what they wanted to do after law school, what kind of internships they had done but I had no idea what everyone liked doing in their spare time. Well, if you let a bunch of lawyers-to-be together…

After lunch we had five hours to get the final preparations for the moot court done. We gave each other tips for our speeches and met with the opposing team to discuss our strategies.

Then after a short break we went to Naantali. We had dinner at a beautiful restaurant at the seaside and then we walked around the beautiful small town enjoying the sunset. It was magical.

Back at the hotel I met again with my teammates to work on the case. Back in our rooms we practiced our speeches and my roommates and I run our speeches in front of each other. This was especially fun because Mari was on the Global Witness team and also would do the rebuttal for her team. We asked each other the most uncomfortable questions we could think of and tried to answer them as detailed as possible. At 1:30 AM it was time for another group meeting. We met in the hallway and read our speeches to each other. It was nearly 3:00 AM when I returned to my room.

At 7:15 AM I met with my teammates in front of the hotel to meet Anni at the university. We ran our speeches in the correct order, did some last minute adjusting and then we got coffee for everybody. I think I had five cups that day. Our case was up after the lunch break. We skipped lunch and tried presenting in the lecture hall to get used to the surroundings. We were dressed to the nines and ready for a fight. And our hard work had paid off, everything ran smoothly and we got great feedback.

In the afternoon we had some much needed free time for preparation for the Gala Ball and the certificate ceremony. At 7:30 PM we all were dressed up in our evening gowns and picked up by the taxis which brought us to the venue of the Gala Ball. It was a beautiful place there. Then after the group pictures the Gala Ball started. But it was a bit different from what I expected. You see, if you tell an Austrian that there is going to be a ball they expect ballroom gowns, dancing (mainly waltz) and drinking champagne all night long. But in Finland it looks like this: You are seated at a table in a strict seating order, and there are a lot of rules. If you break them, you get punished. There is a lot of singing, eating and drinking. Boy, that was so much fun. Afterwards we went on to a really great club in Turku. There were several floors, it was pretty huge there. We stayed until the club closed down at 4:00 AM. At least some of us. The night was concluded by late night burgers at Hesburger (I miss Hesburger so much!). Perfect ending to a perfect night.

The next day we went to Maisaari, a little island in the Turku Archipelago. We had a lot of fun on the two-hour boat ride. We had lunch at the little cottage at the sea and of course sauna. And we went swimming into the sea. It was cool and beautiful to swim in. Despite the snake in the water. Still have bad dreams about that… But too soon it was time to go back to Turku.

In the evening we had the farewell party. We tried different drinks from different countries, danced, laughed, played billiard and yes, we felt the ELSA spirit through and through. But this night was kind of sad, because the later the evening got more people were leaving to go back to the hotel. So we had to say lots of goodbyes.

In the morning it was time to leave. I went on to Helsinki (the most beautiful, exciting, stunning city in the entire world!) to spend some time there.

I met amazing people at the SLS. I can now say that I have friends all over Europe. And I really got hooked on the subject of CSR. Back home I’m now devoting some of my studies especially to that specific field of law. And I fell in love with Finland. I started learning Finnish and I’ll be moving to Helsinki this spring for some months. And I’ll be doing my exchange semester there.

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So thank you Turku Summer Law School and ELSA, you really changed my life and I am so thankful for that.

Konstanze Kaas

kuvat: Noora Wilén