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First International Law Moot Court Competition: Dispute resolution in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)

In 2017, the Russian State University of Justice (RGUP), the official partner of the Council of Europe HELP Programme, organized the first International Law Moot Court Competition "Dispute resolution in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)". Best speaker of the Moot – Viktoria Krivun from Ural state law university received a right for study-visit in the Bioethics unit of the CoE.
Strasbourg 09/02/2018
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First International Law Moot Court Competition: Dispute resolution in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)

The goal of the Dispute Resolution in the EAEU Moot Court is to foster formation of new generation of highly qualified lawyers in the field of international law in EAEU member countries which are capable to represent states and participants of business communities of countries in international jurisdictional bodies.

The Dispute Resolution in the EAEU Moot Court is a unique educational platform which allows future lawyers to understand in practice the principles of dispute resolution within EAEU and to train legal professionals of tomorrow. Participants of the Competition followed two-step procedure of dispute resolution in the EAEU: written negotiations with Eurasian Economic Commission and trial in the EAEU Court.

Case of 2017 is focused on interconnection between the EAEU Law and human rights in bioethics perspective.

The choice of the core subject as bioethics is not accidental. This year is the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention for the protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine: Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (the Oviedo Convention).  Although the Russian Federation neither signed nor ratified this Convention and Protocols to it, Russia actively uses the provisions of the Convention while creating a legal framework and forming domestic legislation.

The organizers, experts and judges of the Competition will be the employees of the bodies of the EAEU, Russian and foreign experts in the field of international law.

Council of Europe supported the idea of the Moot and contributed it with special addresses to the participants from Mrs. L. Lwoff (head of the bioethics unit) and Mrs. A.Shadarova  (manager of the Help programme in Russia). Council of Europe also provided main prize of the Moot –non-paid study visit to the Council of Europe for the best speaker of the Moot and special prizes for winners of the final rounds – newly issued book “Law of the ECHR” and special edition of the Oviedo convention.

Oral rounds of the Competition took place on 30 November - 3 December 2017 in Moscow. The 12 best teams took part in the competition according to the results of the written stage.

Among judges of final round were judge of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation and judges of the EAEU Court.

The winners of the Moot are: Russian state university of justice team (1 place), Ural state law university (2 place), Higher school of economics (3 place), Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (4 place). Best memorandum - Higher school of economics.

Best speaker of the Moot – Viktoria Krivun from Ural state law university who received a right for study-visit in the Bioethics unit of the CoE.