EULISP has said farewell to its XXV. cohort this year and we would like to offer our sincere congratulations. It is a special cohort in many ways. On the one hand, the graduates had to come to terms with the impact of the Corona pandemic on teaching and the semester abroad, which was certainly not easy, since the EULISP lives to a significant extent from its partnerships in other European countries and the personal exchange between students.
On the other hand, the graduates also witnessed far-reaching digitalization processes in commerce, the home office and also teaching, which had been somewhat dormant for a long time. Many things that previously seemed unthinkable are now daily routine, and at the same time, countless legal issues have arisen from these developments, which are excellently accommodated within the framework of the EULISP and directly demonstrate the topicality of the program. Almost prophetically, the initiators of the EULISP decided at that time to include the word “European” in its name, thus emphasizing the importance of the European integration process for legal informatics.
However, this anniversary is also a reminder of how quickly technical and thus also legal developments have taken place in the last 21 years since the EULISP was founded in 1999. While the first EULISP cohorts dealt with topics such as telecommunications law and IT contract law, in recent years the program has focused particularly on European data protection law and the regulation of AI. Not only has the content of the EULISP changed over the years, it has also gained in internationality and diversity over time. This evolution demonstrates the global significance of the content taught through the EULISP and creates the framework for an international network of modern lawyers who remain connected beyond the EULISP. The EULISP’s long history of success is due to the extraordinary dedication of those who have led, organized, and helped shape the program for the past 25th cohort with heart and commitment. In the coming months, we would therefore like to use the occasion to let initiators, coordinators, lecturers and alumni have their say in various activities and look back together on the 25th EULISP cohort.
In this sense we would like to congratulate the graduates of the XXV for their successful graduation and wish them all the best for their personal and professional future. May they remain faithfully connected to our community and preserve the core values and ideas of the EULISP within the next 25 years.
Ad multos annos!