About Us

The Harvard European Law Association (HELA), a student organization, aims at fostering the academic and political debate on challenges facing European integration within Harvard Law School and among the broader community.

Our effort to emphasize the European dimension stems from the awareness of the momentous relevance of the structural and political transformations currently underway in the European scenario. Now more than ever, Europe connotes a political, rather than a merely economic union.

Such striking structural and political transformations call for further reflection and debate over the very idea of Europe as well as over the social, political and philosophical ideals informing the European project. In this context, HELA aims at establishing a forum for effervescent and critical discussion, hosting speakers embracing divergent cultural and political commitments and reflecting widely diverse European backgrounds.

We hope to foster an ongoing dialogue among graduate students and JDs as well as to build a network connecting HLS to a host of “European groups” active in the Harvard community as well as in other schools such as the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.

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