European Moot Court Competition on the European Convention on Human Rights

Team from City University London wins 2014 edition of the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition 

Strasbourg, 26.02.2014 – Strasbourg, 26.02.2014 – Students from City University London (United Kingdom) were declared winners of the second edition of the European Moot Court Competition in English on the European Convention of Human Rights, after beating a team from the Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) in the final round. The best orator prize was awarded to Emmanouil Giakoumakis from Greece and the best written submissions prize to the team from the University of Helsinki (Finland).

The final round took place at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on 26 February and its jury, made up of prominent figures, including judges of the Court and academics, was chaired by Johannes Silvis, judge at the European Court of Human Rights.

The sixteen university teams pleaded a fictive case concerning freedom of expression in relation to defamation and hate speech. The winning team is awarded a traineeship at the Court. (more...)

Sixteen teams from ten European countries selected for the second edition of the  Moot Court Competition 

The final round of the second edition of the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition will take place from 24 to 26 February 2014 at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Sixteen university teams from ten countries (Austria, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, UK) have been selected following the written round of the competition.  

The competition simulates the procedure of complaints to the European Court of Human Rights. 72 teams from 29 European countries have competed in a fictive case concerning defamation and hate speech in relation to freedom of expression and media freedom.  The16 selected teams will plead the case during the final round at the European Court of Human Rights to win a traineeship at the Court.

The Moot Court Competition aims at giving law students, who represent future lawyers or judges, practical experience on the European Convention on Human Rights and its implementation.

The competition is organised by the European Law Students Association (ELSA) with the support of the Council of Europe. ELSA is an independent and non-profit organisation representing 38 000 students, located in 300 universities in 42 European countries.

Several countries from the Council of Europe have financially contributed to the organisation of this second competition in particular Ireland and Austria, the current Chair of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers.

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The European Law Students' Association is an independent, non-profit, non-political association run by and for law students and young lawyers. ELSA comprises a membership of 38,000 students and recent graduates. ELSA operates primarily through its local groups, which are located at close to 300 universities throughout 41 countries in Europe. Contributing to legal education and promoting human rights awareness are among the central aims of ELSA. The Council of Europe has had a partnership agreement with ELSA since 2008.

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