The International Focus Programme (IFP) of ELSA is an academic initiative seeking to provide a specific theme for the whole of ELSA to focus its efforts on over a three-year period. The current IFP topic is Media Law. It was selected at the International Council Meeting in Batumi, in November 2012, and will run from August 1st, 2013 until July 31st, 2016.
Media Law is an area of law which regulates activities of all sorts and sizes in telecommunications, defamation, ecommerce, copyright management and data protection.The role of Media Law in current democratic systems and its impact on modern legal standards is now globally ackowledged, reason for which the entire ELSA network decided to consider it as the core of its current three-year programme.
This year's IFP aims to become a forum for discussing current legal topics on Media Law while producing concrete results of high academic standard and straightforward report and opinion papers. In such a framework, students, young lawyers, professionals and academics will gather to discuss views and experiences while sharing opinions and ideas in a stimulating international environment.
Who & When
This year's IFP final conference on Media Law will take place in Trieste from 16th to 21st may, 2016, and it will be co-hosted for the first time by two Local Groups of the Italian Network of the European Law Students' Association: ELSA Bologna and ELSA Trieste. The whole evento will see the participation of important national and international partners, sponsor and institutions.
A message from Anna Haipola, President of ELSA International
"Through its International Focus Programme, ELSA aims to create a pan-European forum that will give a global dimension to its work on the raising awareness of a certain relevant legal topic, as well as to provide the law students with additional opportunities to work together and gain knowledge of that legal area. This forum that allows for continuity within ELSA and sets out a common goal for all ELSA members to work towards. It provides a mechanism to consolidate ELSA’s work and produce concrete results of a high standard. In the framework of this forum, law students and young lawyers can gather and discuss a current theme, gathering all their diverse opinions and ideas. The International Focus Programme seeks to provide a specific theme for the whole ELSA network to focus its efforts on over a three-year period. In modern society, understanding the nuts and bolts of media law is useful for anyone who serves businesses. But following contemporary issues, which are years away from seeing a courthouse, is also important."
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