Author Archives: Alonso Hernandez-Pinzon


In 2017, the European Lawyers Foundation and a group of Bars launched a pioneering EU-funded project which established lawyer exchanges between various Member States. This first initiative continued via the #LAWYEREX project, which increased the number of lawyers and Bars participating in the exchanges. LAWYEREX will end on 31 January 2022, but ELF has been awarded further EU funds to continue with lawyer exchanges through the LAWYEREX 2 project, which includes more Bars and will exchange more lawyers than ever.

As a farewell to the LAWYEREX project and to welcome LAWYEREX 2, we have prepared an appreciation in the form of a video. It is intended for those lawyers who have participated in the project’s activities to date (the physical exchanges and also the online activities which we organised as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic), and for those who will participate in the future. We would also like to thank those Bars which have supported ELF in these successful initiatives.

Season’s Greetings

Continuing our tradition, we asked again a young artist this year to make our Christmas card. The artists are three siblings from Zimbabwe: Tristan (8), Trey (5) and Samarah (3) Nyamanhindi.

 We gave them full liberty to make a drawing about how they see the world now that we are approaching Christmas. The result of their incredible creativity can be seen in attachment. As an explanation of this masterpiece, they told us that they felt people had suffered enough and they need love, peace and hope for a better tomorrow.  There is a heart and the dove carrying an olive branch, and in between those two symbols there are some stars to light up the world, and they are in different colours because, as our young artists said, people come in different colours, but they can each bring light and hope.

 We thank our three great artists for presenting us a galaxy of peace straight from the hands of three children, with the sincere hope that Christmas can bring love, peace and hope.

Season’s Greetings from the European Lawyers Foundation

Last year, we asked Alejandro Escobar (7 years old) from Venezuela to provide a painting for the European Lawyers Foundation Christmas card. His painting reflected the hopes of a child through the difficulties his country was (and is) going through.

This year, we have asked another young artist (Ottilie Taylor, 5 years old) to design the 2020 Christmas card. The watercolour painting below shows how a child understands this difficult 2020: a group of Christmas penguins that are walking (hence the black footprints) on an almost melted (orange) snow. Above them, it is not the sun that has managed to melt the snow, but a fierce and big representation of Covid-19.

Even if the painting represents the challenges the world is facing (pandemic and climate change), the penguins do not give up and are ready to celebrate Christmas. With her picture, Ottilie sends a clear message to all of us: that we need to stand up and face these challenges as a group and without losing hope. And lawyers have an important role to play in this!

Season’s greetings from the European Lawyers Foundation!

ELF Policy on Covid-19

As a consequence of the Covid-19 outbreak, ELF stopped its face-to face training events some months ago. However, ELF has nevertheless been fully operational during this time, and work has continued on all the other projects and activities.

Since the Covid-19 situation continues, all our face-to-face training events will remain on hold until further notice. The health of participants, speakers and all people involved in these activities is our first priority.

We will continue working hard to have everything ready to re-start our face-to-face training events as soon as the health conditions allow us to do so.

News July 2020

Project partners agreed to postpone the training events scheduled in 2020, which will be resumed from January 2021 onwards

The first seminars in chronological order will take place in Cyprus (Nicosia), Spain (Madrid) and Greece (Athens)

News July 2020

The second round of exchanges (March – June 2020) was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak in Europe.

Partners decided to endeavour to resume the exchanges from October 2020 onwards, provided that there are no important restrictions in place in the countries participating in the project.

If the second round eventually takes place from October to December 2020, then the third and fourth rounds will be merged into one final round, which will run from January until June 2021.