Thessaloniki – Public Law and Technology


ELSA Thessaloniki is organising the eighth SELS Thessaloniki on Public Law and Technology, which will take place from July 11 - 18, 2024. Held in Thessaloniki, the second biggest city in Greece, our SELS is an opportunity for Participants to have the ultimate Greek summer experience whilst discovering new possibilities and enhancing their legal background. 

Thessaloniki is known for its vibrant culture and rich history dating back to ancient times. It has long functioned as an important crossroads of various civilisations, each leaving its distinctive mark on the city, creating a colourful mosaic of images for visitors to marvel at. While honouring its glorious past, Thessaloniki still embraces the new, earning its place as a modern innovation hub in which new ideas and technologies can thrive.

The topic of this year's SELS will be Public Law and Technology, and more specifically, Artificial Intelligence and the Digital Transformation of Public Administration. The focus of the Academic Programme will be to deepen Participants' knowledge regarding the use of artificial intelligence in the administrative justice system and public administration in general, covering aspects such as cybersecurity, digital platforms regulation and data protection. Comprising lectures, workshops, panel discussions, moot courts etc, the Academic Programme of our SELS will be delivered by experienced speakers, including AI engineers, researchers, lawyers and professors, under the supervision of our academic partner, i.e. the National Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Personal Data and Digital Governance Law. 

While diving into Public Law and Technology, Participants will have the chance to immerse themselves in a unique cultural experience by visiting ancient landmarks (dating from the Roman and Byzantine eras) and major museums displaying elements from the city's enthralling history.  Thessaloniki is famed for its delectable cuisine, which is probably the best in Greece (careful, you didn't hear that from us). However, its key selling point during the hot summer months is its proximity to the sea and, drum roll please, Participants will have the opportunity to spend an entire day at the beach (strongly advised to bring their sunscreen). Last but not least, Thessaloniki abounds with university students, so it's natural that the city's nightlife is legendary, setting the tone for an unforgettable Social programme. 

All things considered, this particular SELS is bound to meet Participants' expectations (academic, cultural, and entertainment-related) or even exceed them (hopefully)! 

You can find more information about SELS Thessaloniki on our social media platforms, Instagram and Facebook.

Participation fees
ELSA Member from a favoured country - 335€
ELSA Member from a non-favoured country - 375€
Members of a partner organisation - 420€
ELSA Alumni - 410€
Non-member - 435€
Extra fees
Gala Ball - 50€
Two-way Airport Transfer - 30€
Trip to Halkidiki - 25€
SELS Thessaloniki T-shirt - 12€
Extra Night - 55€
Thessaloniki, Greece
Holiday Inn Thessaloniki, an IHG Hotel
Number of participants
Date of arrival
Date of departure
Academic Partner
National Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Personal Data and Digital Governance Law (Rythmisis)
Complexity of Academic Programme
Academic Programme

SELS Thessaloniki on Public Law and Technology, specifically themed “Artificial Intelligence and the Digital Transformation of Public Administration”, offers a comprehensive exploration of the intersection between AI, public law and the evolving landscape of public governance. Over seven days, Participants will engage in a comprehensive exploration of AI law, delving into topics such as digital public law, administrative justice, and the role of AI in financial services. The program will cover technical aspects of AI platforms, emphasizing concepts, applications, and the importance of explainability in AI models. Additionally, participants will gain insights into digital platform regulation, artificial intelligence law, and data protection, with the final day featuring a workshop and panel discussion on IT/cybersecurity in the public sector.

In summary, under the academic supervision of the National Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Personal Data and Digital Governance law (Rythmisis), our Academic Programme aims to equip Participants with a profound understanding of the digital transformation within the public administration, contextualised within the AI regulatory framework and contemporary digital realities. 

Here is the draft Academic Programme of our SELS (subject to change):

  • Thursday
    • None (Arrivals)
  • Friday
    • AI and the Greek Public Administration
    • The Greek State Digital Transformation
    • AI and Administrative Justice
  • Saturday
    • Recent Court Cases of the Digital Transformation of the Church 
    • Digital Transformation of the Church
  • Sunday
    • AI basic concepts and applications
    • Explainability in AI models and the public sector
  • Monday
    • None
  • Tuesday
    • AI in financial services
    • Digital Platforms regulation – DSA/DMA
  • Wednesday
    • AI Act and the Principle of Transparency
    • European Data Protection Law and Public Administration
    • AI Act and GDPR Moot Court Competition
  • Thursday
    • IT/Cybersecurity and Safety in the Public Sector
    • Open Panel Discussion
    • Closing Ceremony

Here you can find more information about the Speakers of our Academic Programme.

Apply here