Fifth Law Congress at the EBS Universität
A successful event
The organisers of the 5th EBS Law Congress with Prof. Dr. iur. Martin Selmayr (centre), Secretary-General of the European Commission.
In his introductory speech, EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger expressed his satisfaction with the students’ choice of topics: “I consider it a very good decision to put Europe at the centre of your debate. Europe needs committed debates about the best route to take, just as it needs committed supporters.” Hesse’s State Premier Volker Bouffier added: “I am delighted that EBS hosts such a congress. Putting Europe at the centre of interest, discussing what it means for us and where we are going, is more necessary than ever”. Professor Markus Ogorek, President of EBS University, emphasised the importance of the topic of Europe for university education: “At EBS Universität, we offer legal training which, with its strong international orientation, also prepares students for demanding work in international organisations,” said the trained lawyer, who himself teaches at EBS Universität.
This year, the Federal Republic’s largest student organised law congress shone with top-class guest speakers. These included Michael Roth, Secretary of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office, French Ambassador Anne-Marie Descôtes, German Ambassador to Russia Rüdiger Freiherr von Fritsch, Prof. Martin Selmayr, Secretary-General of the European Commission, and François Biltgen, Judge at the European Court of Justice. The key emphasis in all speeches was placed on mobility and diversity as fundamental European values as well as the importance of youth for the future of Europe. A highlight of the congress was a panel discussion on Friday evening in which Felix Hufeld, President of the BaFin banking supervisory authority, Dr. Wolfgang Fink, Chairman of the Management Board of Goldman Sachs AG, and Andreas Steck, a lawyer at Linklaters, took part.
About the EBS Law Congress
This was the fifth time a team of students organised the EBS Law Congress at the EBS Law School, which was founded in 2010. In addition to subject-related presentations, the Law Congress offers students a chance to talk to law firms and companies during workshops, company presentations and at a career fair. This gives students the opportunity to find out about career and internship opportunities in the legal field and to make initial contacts. More than a dozen of the world’s largest commercial law firms are among the event’s sponsors.