Vila Nova de Gaia – Law of the Sea and Connected Rights


ELSA Portucalense is organizing the 4th edition of the Winter ELSA Law School on Law of the Sea and Connected Rights, which will take place from February 11-18, 2024.

In regards to the academic programme, our main focus is to expand our participants' knowledge of the Law of the Sea and some Connected Rights like Human Rights at Sea. Also, because quality is crucial, the academic programme will be carried out by the most skilled and recognized professionals who work in this field of law. At the end of the week, we prepared a Simulation of the International Court of Law of the Sea (Moot- Court). 

On the other hand, we want to make sure that visiting Vila Nova de Gaia will leave an unforgettable mark on our participants. So we prepared cultural and social activities, such as the 7 Bridges Cruise, visiting the most historical points - Clérigos Tower, Lello Library, Aliados Avenue, Dom Luís I Bridge, and many more. Also, the participants will be hosted in a very central Hostel, making it easy to visit the cultural places and access public transport.

Because having fun is an important aspect of this adventure, the participants will discover one of our big University symbols - Tuna (musicians) - as well as unforgettable nights out and clubbing. At the end of the week, there’s a Gala Ball prepared so that participants can say goodbye to our WELS in the most fun way possible. That being said, prepare your best gala outfit.

We believe that mixing all of these aspects together is the right formula to create good lasting memories and fulfilling bonds. 

Are you ready for the adventure? We are very excited to welcome you to our WELS!

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Participation fees
ELSA member from a favoured country - 335€
ELSA member from a non-favoured country - 375€
Member of a Partner Organisation - 400€
ELSA Alumni - 400€
Non ELSA member - 400€
Extra fees
Gala Ball - 50€
Two-way Airport transfer - 30€
WELS Vila Nova de Gaia Kit (tote bag, notebook, sweatshirt, water bottle) - 35€
Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Pedra Iberica, Porto
Number of participants
Date of arrival
Date of departure
Academic Partner
Universidade Portucalense Infante D. Henrique
Complexity of Academic Programme
Academic Programme

Starting from introductory and theoretical lectures on the topic, the Academic Programme will provide participants with a deep insight, allowing them, later, to put the knowledge they acquired in practice in a Simulation of the International Court of Law of the Sea. Under the guidance of Universidade Portucalense Infante D. Henrique, we aim for an Academic Programme of high quality.

The draft of the Academic Programme is as follows:

  • Sunday
    • None (arrivals)
  • Monday
    • Opening Session
    • Introduction to the Law Of The Sea
  • Tuesday
    • Human Rights at Sea
    • Protecting Marine Environment: The Artic Case
  • Wednesday
    • Governance and Law of the Sea
    • European Sea Law
  • Thursday
    • Migrants at Sea
    • Preparation for Law of the Sea Moot-Court
  • Friday
    • Law of the Sea Moot-Court
    • Visit to Court of Appeal of Porto
  • Saturday
    • Free day
  • Sunday
    • None (departures)
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