A just world, in which there is respect for
human dignity and cultural diversity.

The European Law Students' Association (ELSA) is with over 48’000 members in 43 European countries the world’s largest independent law students’ association. ELSA aims at providing its members a platform to develop their existing skills and acquire new ones, to interact with fellow students and experienced practitioners from different states and legal systems around Europe.

ELSA Switzerland is the only law students' organisation in Switzerland which is present at all 9 law faculties of the country. This unique network enriches your studies through a wide variety of activities at your faculty as well as on national and international level!

L'European Law Student's Association est présente à Genève depuis de nombreuses années. Elle organise différentes activités durant toute l'année. Ces dernières peuvent être plutôt axées sur le monde académique (conférences sur les métiers du droit, visites de l'ONU, CICR, de cabinets d'avocats, de la prison de Champ Dollon, etc.) mais elles peuvent également être récréatives (organisation d'apéros, soirées et voyage).

Notre association t'aide à te former un réseau de connaissances, à mieux appréhender le monde qui t'attend après tes études et à te faire une idée des différents métiers que tu pourras exercer.

Rejoins-nous et tu pourras rencontrer plein de nouvelles personnes, vivre tes années universitaires différemment et profiter de notre côté international pour te former!

20 September 2017

Assemblée Générale

Bonjour à toutes et à tous!

Comme l'année académique recommence, il est l'heure d'élire votre nouveau comité et de faire un topo sur tout ce qui s'est passé durant l'année académique 2016-2017.

C'est pour cela que nous vous invitons tous à venir à notre Assemblée Générale qui aura lieu le jeudi 28 septembre 2017, à 18:15, en salle MS030. Elle sera bien évidemment suivie d'un apéro.


Votre comité

The ELSA Law Schools are taking place in summer and winter all over Europe. They last between 7 and 14 days and are dedicated to a specific law topic. Besides legal education, the program contains also cultural and social activities. More information

The Student Trainee Exchange Programme is your chance to work abroad! Traineeships are offered in various European countries and even in the USA with a duration between two weeks and two years. Do not miss that unique opportunity! Check it out

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26.10.2017 Taubenstrasse 16, Bern

L@W: Attorney general

ELSA will visit the Attorney General of Switzerland in Bern and you can be part of it!

Time: 13.30 - 16.30
Where: Taubenstrasse 16, Bern

ELSA will visit the Attorney General (Bundesanwaltschaft/procureur général) of Switzerland in Bern and you can be part of it!

On the afternoon of Thursday, October 26, the Deputy Attorney General Ruedi Montanari will be holding a presentation on the tasks and competences of the Office of the Attorney General and answer all your questions.

Language: bilingual


There are only 20 spots, so apply right away by filling out the formular under: https://goo.gl/forms/Dh91sQf1bawf45vf2


Apéro de la rentrée, 28 septembre 2017

◢◤ Back to law

✪ Comme chaque année, l'AED et l'ELSA se réunissent pour t'aider à bien commencer l'année ! Retrouvez-nous à notre première soirée de l'année aux Halles de L'Île !


✪ 21:00 - 02:00 : Halles de L'Île
Tables de Beer Pong / collations / shots 5.- / DJ : XcesS 


02.11.2017 Lausanne, Luzern, Bern

Legal Debate

ELSA Swizerland Cyber Law Day - Do you want to improve your rhetoric and public speaking skills? Do you like to discuss about current affairs? Then this is the event for you!

Dear Members,

We are hereby officially launching the application process for our upcoming legal debate!

Do you want to improve your rhetoric and public speaking skills? Do you like to discuss about current affairs? Then this is the event for you!

A Legal Debate is a discussion of a particular subject of Law, organised in a form of a competition. The Debate is controlled by a person acting as a moderator and a panel of judges, and watched by an audience. The debates will be public, so you might also just attend as a spectator.

Our Legal Debate consists of qualification rounds in Lausanne on 2nd November in French and on 3rd November in Luzern in German. In each qualification round, two teams à three participants compete against each other, and the winner from each qualification will reach the Final Round. The final will take place in Bern on 9th November. Each round will take place over the course of an afternoon, with an introduction, approximately 4 hours of preparation time and 1 hour debate.

The topic of this year’s Legal Debate Competition is CYBER LAW, an interesting and highly relevant field as well as the current National Focus Programme of ELSA Switzerland. The exact topics of each round of the Debate will be made public only hours before the Debate takes place. Due to this, not much preparation is required.

Debating teaches not only critical thinking, but also allows you to engage with current affairs, improve your communication soft skills and hone your analytical abilities. However, besides the personal improvement, there is also something to win! The best team will win a gift certificate of our Sponsor, the Stämpfli Verlag.


Dates & Times:

2. November 2017;      13:30 - 19:30:            Lausanne

3. November 2017:      13:30 - 19:30:            Luzern

9. November 2017:      13:30 - 19:30:            Bern


If you are interested, please fill in the application under the following link:


Deadline for the application is Sunday, the 22nd October at 23:99. You will be informed on your participation shortly after. Register now!

06.11.2017 Falkenstrasse 11, 8021 Zürich

NZZ: Visit the legal department

Get an insight into the daily business of a media lawyer directly at the office of the „Neue Zürcher Zeitung“.

Date: 6.11.2017
Time: 15.30 - ca. 19 Uhr

Get an insight into the daily business of a media lawyer directly at the office of the „Neue Zürcher
Zeitung“. The attorney Dr. Roman Bretschger will tell us more about his work at NZZ, followed by a
tour through the newsroom.
At the apéro afterward, you will have the possibility for an informal exchange.

Language: German

There are only 25 spots, so apply right away by filling out the form under: https://goo.gl/forms/fUVO0iLv9qBHnyVu2

18.11.2017 Lucerne

ELSA Switzerland National Council Meeting 2/2017

A weekend full of Swiss made ELSA spirit.

The ELSA Switzerland National Council Meeting NCM will take place on the 17th and 19th November 2017. ELSA Lucerne invites the entire Swiss network to gather in beautiful Central Switzerland. Save the date!
Place: Lucerne, Hotel ibis budget Luzern City

What to expect: Sightseeing / Visit the Swiss federal court / Pizza-night / Pub Crawl / Clubbing / BBQ / Workshops

If you have any question please contact Michelle (lucerne@ch.elsa.org) or 078 930 80 82.

Save your spot:


Deadline: 31.10 2017, 23.59 CEST



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Local Partners

Partners of ELSA Switzerland

Schellenberg Wittmer is one of the leading business law firms in Switzerland. Over 140 lawyers in Zurich and Geneva provide comprehensive legal services to domestic and international clients in all aspects of business law.

UBS Switzerland AG – Lawyers, notaries and fiduciaries

The financial boutique for attorneys

Attorneys often maintain account relationships with a bank on three levels: as private clients, as law firms, or as representatives of their clients. However, this does not mean that they have to deal with three different relationship managers at the bank. UBS’s LNF desks offer a “single point of entry” for all their needs.

Why do we support ELSA? 

In addition to our client consultancy expertise, we strive to establish lifelong partnerships with our clients. Our strategic partnership with ELSA Switzerland is a further step underlining these values and a worthwhile investment in your future career. We want to establish early on the basis for lifelong collaboration.

UBS is happy to offer a special banking package for students (UBS Campus) which grants you free access to all daily banking services.

Contact us from Monday to Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.: 

Tel: 044 237 50 00

Mail: RA@ubs.com

Web: www.ubs.com/lawyers

Der Schweizerische Juristenverein begleitet die Wandlungen, die unser Recht im Laufe der Zeit erfahren hat. Er unterstützt wissenschaftlich fundiert dessen Weiterentwicklung im Lichte der internationalen politischen und wirtschaftlichen Verflechtungen.
UpLaw is a not-for-profit online platform that promotes the development and sharing of legal science in Switzerland. Our objective is to give the opportunity for students and young professionals to build a Community and benefit from the publishing in open access of their legal works.