The European Law Students’ Association – ELSA Joensuu ry, or just ELSA Joensuu, is part of ELSA, the world’s largest law student organization. ELSA Joensuu, one of the local groups of ELSA Finland, was founded in 2013. ELSA Joensuu acts as a link between law and governance students at the University of Eastern Finland and other law students in Finland and abroad.

ELSA – The European Law Students’ Association

ELSA is an international organisation run by and for students. ELSA has more than 50 000 members coming from over 300 faculties of law. ELSA consists of ELSA International Board, National Groups (such as ELSA Finland) and Local Groups (such as ELSA Helsinki, ELSA Joensuu, ELSA Rovaniemi and ELSA Turku).

The activities organized by ELSA are divided into three key areas: Academic Activities provides many opportunities to practice important skills and explore legal career opportunities through excursions, moot court competitions and other academic events. Seminars & Conferences organises seminars and international events that provide opportunities to network and meet fellow students in Finland and abroad. STEP traineeships offer law students and young lawyers with valuable opportunities to work abroad.

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Contact information

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Oikeustieteiden laitos
Itä-Suomen yliopisto
Joensuun kampus
PL 111

Board of ELSA Joensuu 2018–2019

President: Riina Mäkikangas (
Secretary General: Pihla Kamppi (
Treasurer: Jussi Kataja (
Vice President for Marketing: Emma Kuusela-Opas (
Vice President for Seminars & Conferences: Ella Kovanen & Eveliina Ryynänen (
Vice President for Academic Activities: Pihla Oivanen & Savanna Kaivola (
Vice President for STEP: Anna Ollila (

From left to right on our board photo; Pihla O., Pihla K., Ella, Eveliina, Riina, Jussi, Savanna, Anna and Emma.

Team of Directors 2018–2019:

Director for Fundraising – Mia Pihkala
Director for ELSA Gala – Nea Nurmela
Director for Academic Activities – Pilvi Dunder
Directors for Seminars & Conferences – Laura Merisaari & Annika Ritala
Director for Marketing – Susanna Hietala
Director for STEP – Ulrika Mäkinen

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The Holvi online store of ELSA Joensuu

The lovely “Seal rescuer” IFP jumpsuit patch of ELSA Joensuu is now available in our Holvi online store. From each sold parch we donate 1€ to The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation to help their seal conservation work. There is only a limited amount of these patches so act fast if you’d like to have your own.
Nowdays our membership can be also bought in Holvi and soon other ELSA Joensuu jumpsuit patches too. Click here to go to Holvi

ELSA Joensuu Fuksi News

If you’d like to get to know better the ELSA local group in Joensuu or even how is it like to study law in the Eastern Finland, you should check out our yearly published “Fuksi News” online magazine (for now only a Finnish version available).

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