Oporto WELS on Alternative Dispute Resolution


After five years organizing a Summer ELSA Law School we decided it was time that we showed how lovely our city can be in the Winter. After hours upon hours of organizing, deciding what topics we wanted, what activities would be best, it stopped being an idea and became a reality. It has been a privilege to take part in the organization and development of such an ambitious and amazing project.

Luckily, our city is one of the most beautiful in the work, full of history and tradition, making it the perfect place to spend your winter holidays and meet people from different cultures.

After hours of passionate work putting together all pieces for an amazing Winter School, we are glad to finally present you with the third Winter ELSA Law School UCP Porto on Alternative Dispute Resolution.



We hope you have the time of your lives!


The Organising Committee


Academic Programme

The topic for the  Oporto Winter ELSA Law School is Alternative Dispute Resolution. In years to come, it is believed that knowledge about such topic is crucial.


Moreover, our aim is, not only to give participants an insight on the most common alternative dispute resolution methods, but also to provide them a practical approach to negation, through a competition elaborated by prestige scholars in the area.


Therefore, this year’s academic programme will address the following:


- Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution

- Mediation

- Arbitration

- Negotiation

- Practical Negotiation

- Competition on Sports Law

- Competition on Intellectual Property Law

- Competition on Human Rights Law


You will find a heterogeneous list of speakers from law firms, consulting firms, universities and specialised organisations.


The lectures will be held at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Foz Campus), the eldest Law School in Oporto and highly-renowned in Portugal and internationally.


By the end of this course you will have introductory and basic practical notions about some of the most common alternative dispute resolution methods, with an emphasis on negotiation, transversal to different law areas.

Social Programme

The Oporto International Winter School will provide its participants with the chance to discover Oporto, the 2nd biggest city in Portugal and the biggest in the North.


Oporto was named Best European Destination in the years of 2012, 2014 and 2017 and its historical center was considered by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage.

It’s not hard to figure out why.


There will be an organised sightseeing trip, during which the participants will have the opportunity to see the bridges, Sé do Porto, Torre dos Clérigos and Ribeira, where they will be able to experience Oporto’s preserved traditions and culture.


There will be, of course, time to taste Oporto’s traditional dish – the Francesinha – and the Port Wine, two worldly renowned flavours that charm even the more sceptic tasters.


It will be a pleasure to the Organizing Committee to share the beauty of this city with the participants.


We’ll try, not only to make it hard to leave, but also to make it even harder to not to come back.


The scheduled activities for the week will include:


* Sightseeing

* Wine Tasting

* Boat Trip

* Douro Valley Visit

* Francesinha Night

* National Drinks Party

* Karaoke

*Pub Crawl

*Gala Ball



Main Fee (all prices are set for the entire programme/7 nights):

The Main Fee is mandatory and includes the participation in the competition, working materials, accommodation, transports and meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and two coffee breaks).

  • ELSA Members from a non-favoured country - 350€ 

  • ELSA Member from a favoured country - 315€

  • ELSA Alumni/ ALSA Members/Non ELSA Member; Non Student – 400€

Additional Fees:

  • Transfers from and to Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport – 30€

  • Gala Ball - 50€

  • Extra nights - 40 €

Payment Details:

  • The selected participants shall make the down-payment;

  • The down-payment is not refundable;

  • The remaining amount shall be paid at the moment of the check in.


The participants will be accomodated at Spot Hostel, which is located in downtown Oporto, 3 minutes (walking distance) away from Avenida dos Aliados, the historic center of Oporto.

The hostel is located in Gonçalo Cristóvão street, the heart of the Oporto’s shopping district. During the night and not far away from the hostel, Oporto has numerous bars and clubs where you can have fun all night long.

You can expect a busy and crowded commerce area during the days and a wild nightlife spot during the nights.

The staff is helpful and friendly and will help you to make the most of your stay!


The F.A.Q. will provide answers to some of the most relevant questions.


If you read it and something is still unclear, please contact us at welsoporto@pt.elsa.org


1. When and where does the Alternative Dispute Resolution Oporto Winter ELSA Law School take place?

Its first edition will be held between February 6th and 13th 2022 in Oporto, Portugal. The academic programme will take place at Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Centro Regional da Foz.


2. Are there any requirements to apply?

Besides being able to understand and speak English.

Covid-19 related restrictions: 


3. I want to apply together with a friend or colleague, is that possible?

Yes, it is, please fill the applicable fields in the application form. Please be aware that you will be tied together in the selection process, which means that the application results will be the same for both.


4. I need a VISA authorisation to participate, can you create a letter of invitation?

Yes, we can, please state so in the application form.


5. What deadlines do I need to respect?

You must submit your application until de 28th of November.


6. How should I travel to Portugal?

We suggest you book a flight to the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, located in Oporto.


7. The deadline for applying is over and I forgot to do it, what now?

Unfortunately, there is no additional period for Winter ELSA Law Schools.


8. Do I need to bring a computer?

Bringing a computer is not mandatory, but it might be useful, so it’s up to you.


9. What sort of clothes do I need to bring?

We encourage participants to always check the weather forecasts before packing. To attend the lectures the participants should wear semi-formal clothes. The Gala Ball requires cocktail clothing.


10. Some of the information I submitted in my application form has changed. What do I do now?

Please send us and email stating so.


11. Is there a special fee in case I don't want to be accommodated during the event?

No. The event has a strong social and networking component and we definitely want to provide the full experience to every participant.


Apply  until November 28th.

Any clarification necessary please send an email to welsoporto@pt.elsa.org.