European Law Students Association raises awareness of human rights at WIT


The European Law Students Association (ELSA) at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) this week held an ‘Awareness & Fairness’ campaign to raise awareness of students’ social responsibility towards human rights.

The campaign was organised as part of ELSA Day which is celebrated by 42 countries throughout the ELSA Network. The aim of the ‘All Different, All Together’ day is to jointly demonstrate our human rights engagement by providing members with legal education opportunities which enables them to be independent and critically minded individuals.

The association members handed out human rights information donated by the Council of Europe to the student body on both the Cork Road and the College Street campuses.

A highlight of the day was a talk delivered by Mr Noel Whelan, a respected Barrister-at-Law and media commentator, spoke to the students about the upcoming Same-Sex Marriage Bill which will be brought to referenda next year.

ELSA WIT President, Jade Power and ELSA WIT Secretary General, Paul Browne presented Noel with a Certificate of Appreciation for his contribution to the evening which the ELSA WIT committee members described as enlightening.

Following the guest talk, the attendees which included students from the LLB, Criminal Justice studies and Law with Business programmes at the Institute, took the opportunity to talk with Noel on various issues within the current practice of law in Ireland.

ELSA WIT also launched their charity raffle yesterday which will run through until Friday to raise funds for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland and the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland. The prizes for this raffle have been kindly donated by businesses including Shaw’s Department Store, Mulligans Pharmacy, Special Ops Paintballing, Seahorse Holidays, Mount Juliet Golf Resort, Dunnes Stores and many others.

The ELSA WIT has a very busy semester ahead with the committee and a number of its members attending the Four Courts in Dublin next week to meet with Mr. Justice Peter Kelly. The ELSA Student Trainee Exchange Programme (STEP) is also currently accepting applicants. This programme gives students of law the opportunity to work/train in an extensive number of countries throughout the world. For further information on the programme, contact our VP STEP Shane Gubbins or visit to view the available traineeships.

ELSA WIT is a student run association comprised of the following: ELSA WIT President Jade Power; ELSA WIT Secretary General Paul Browne, (both final year LL.B. students); ELSA WIT VP Seminars & Conferences Gerard Considine; ELSA WIT VP Academic Activities Seamus Hempenstall; ELSA WIT VP STEP Shane Gubbins; ELSA WIT Treasurer Evan O’ Neill, (all second year LL.B. students); ELSA WIT VP Marketing Aisling Scahill; ELSA WIT VP MOOT Andrew Whyte; ELSA WIT LL.B. Board Rep Paul Wall, (all first year LL.B. students); ELSA WIT Criminal Justice Board Rep Veronica Kapsova, (first year C.J. student); and also ELSA WIT Law with Business Board Rep Amy Brennan, (final year Law w/Bus student).

For information on upcoming events or positions within the association you can contact ELSA WIT through the following ways:
Email: [email protected] 
Mobile: 085-1847881  

Jade Power
ELSA WIT President

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