The secretariat moves after the end of each Presidential term at the Annual General Meeting (the last was in Groningen in April 2016). The e-mail address listed below will reach the secretariat. The President for 2016-2017 is Dr. Věra Kalvodová, who is Associate Professor at Masaryk University in Brno, in the Czech Republic; she is a specialist in Criminal Law. She succeeds Prof. Dr. Laurence W. Gormley, who is Professor of European Law at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands.


+31 50 3635689 (telephone number of the Secretary in Groningen; the Brno contact details will be on the website shortly)







The European Law Faculties Association (ELFA) was founded in 1995 in Leuven by more than 80 Faculties of Law located in different universities across Europe. The organisation now has several hundred members from countries within the EU and beyond; it acts as an international forum for the discussion of many legal topics related to legal education.

ELFA organises an Annual Conference at which members are encouraged to participate in a range of discussions and workshops concerning various aspects of legal education, usually along with discussion of some substantive law topics.

The aim of ELFA's activities is to coordinate process of reform of legal education in Europe, introducing new topics, promoting cooperation between Universities in Europe, and representing Law Faculties vis-à-vis European Institutions, National Education Institutions, and Professional Lawyers and Prosecutors Associations. Currently, the most important focus of ELFA's activities is the reform of legal education in Europe.

Through its website and the European Journal of Legal Education (EJLE), it provides information about the current state of legal education in Europe and an international forum for the discussion of the impact of the Sorbonne-Bologna Declaration on the study of law. ELFA places particular emphasis on accreditation and quality assessment as a condition for the Europeanisation of the study of law.

Considering the need for high-quality research for legal education, ELFA has been organising a contest named ELFA Award since 2012 for the best doctoral thesis on European Law to support researchers and create competition in legal studies on EU Law. The standard of theses submitted has been very high each year; they are judged by a multilingual jury, and entries may be submitted in English, French, German or Spanish. The Award for 2015, presented at the April 2016 AGM in Groningen, was won by Dr. Damien Gerard, for his thesis on Managing Diversity in the European Union: cooperation, convergence and mutual trust. Towards a Union method?; Dr. Barend van Leeuwen was awarded proxime accessit, for his thesis on Paradoxes of Convergence: European Standardisation of Services and its Impact on Private Law.

ELFA is also active in developing new models for the use of ICT in legal education and provides information and support for its member faculties in this rapidly evolving area. ELFA co-operates with other professional associations in the field of legal studies in order to further promote activities relating to legal education.