Since 1988, the European Law Moot Court Society organises each year the most important international university competition in the field of EU Law known as the European Law Moot Court (hereinafter, “the Competition” or “ELMC”). In the early 1990’s President Ole DUE invited the European Final to be held in the premises of the Court of Justice of the European Union and to be decided by the Court’s Judges.
The aim of the Society is to get the best Universities and best law students involved with the Competition, deepening their knowledge of EU law while offering a unique bilingual legal practice experience in written and oral form. The Competition, furthermore, unites the participants in a common purpose, overcoming national barriers and stimulating informal networks of people with a common interest in the European project values and ideals.
The case, as every year, was published on www.europeanlawmootcourt.eu on September 1st. 80 to 100 student teams from European & USA Universities registered and sent us their applicant & defendant written pleadings until the end of November. Once the submissions were anonymized, the written pleadings were distributed to our ELMC Judges who carry out a double blind marking of the pleadings.
The results of this written phase were published on January 15th. As every year, 48 teams -12 per Regional Final-, composed by 3 or 4 students and their Coach, designated only by their secret numbers, were qualified for the oral phase.
Four Regional Finals were held in The Hague UAS, Paris II, Naples & Gotteborg Universities over the four weekends of February. From Thursday afternoon to Sunday morning, students from dozens of nationalities faced constant questions of our Judges. What better way to choose the best litigators, in substance and form, who will have the unique opportunity to plead before the real Judges of the Court of Justice of the European Union?
The Court of Justice of the European Union will host the European Final
of the European Law Moot Court on Friday, March 31st. The university teams that won of the Regional Finals will have the unique opportunity to plead in front the real Judges of the EU Court of Justice.