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ELS and ELSA working together on – and at – academic events by Sofia Kallio, VP S&C, EI 2009/2010, Director for IFP, EI 2010/2011 Member of ELS and ELSA Alumni Finland

sibilities for cooperation between ELSA and ELS. The academic programme of the Conference was compiled with the help of JUDr. Ondřej Dostál, Ph.D., Health Law was elected as the topic for the IFP LL.M., himself for the period 2010–2013 at the International a former ELSA member, who also gave inspiring Council Meeting (ICM) in Malta, spring 2010. The lectures during the event. Moreover, some other Opening Conference of the current topic took speakers of the event, including Egle Graziera nd th place in Prague, Czech Republic, on the 22 – 27 and Natalia Lojko, have been ELSA members February 2011 with the tremendous effort of during their student years. In addition, the ELS Martina Kalapáčová as the Head of Organizing Exec held their meeting at the time of the ConferCommittee and Jiří Mačát as the Responsible for ence and was able to attend the academic and sothe Academic Programme. The programme con- cial programme. sisted of lectures from international and Czech I can say without a doubt that it makes a differexperts on health law, such as Egle Granziera ence for a young ELSA member to meet the profrom the World Health Organization (WHO), André den Exter from the Erasmus Observatory fessionals that once started their careers with a similar path. It motivates, gives the student a feelon Health Law of the University of Rotterdam ing of having a mentor, and builds a bridge beand Iain Byrne from Interights. tween the ELSA generations. The lectures and interactive workshops covered various issues related to Health Law, since the aim I encourage the ELS members and other alumni was to introduce the topic broadly as an opening to take an active role in supporting the ELSA event. The themes included, inter alia, malpractice Groups and creating such ways to cooperate on the local, national or even international level. One liability, informed consent, pharmaceutical law, euthanasia, health insurance companies, comple- of the highlights of the IFP during the following year is the IFP Mid-Evaluation Conference with mentary medicine and patient mobility. the focus on Mental Health Law which will be held in Trieste, Italy (16th – 22nd April 2012). The Opening Conference was not only a grand opening for the three years of focus on Health Law, but also served to show the pos- How many ELS members will we see there?

The International Focus Programme (IFP) collects and guides the efforts of the whole ELSA Network in order for the members to reach common goals and academic results within one hot legal topic. The programme has been running since 1994 with various topics that have been current during their time. There are many examples of ELSA members who have actually found their field of law for their legal careers through organizing and attending IFP events and projects.

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ELSsential 3/11  

ELSsential is the members' newsletter of ELS – The ELSA Lawyers Society. In edition 3/2011: International Board: Who is the new IB? National...

ELSsential 3/11  

ELSsential is the members' newsletter of ELS – The ELSA Lawyers Society. In edition 3/2011: International Board: Who is the new IB? National...

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