Empowering Young Human Rights Lawyers in Strasbourg
On November 4, the winning teams from the regional Nordic and the South-East Europe Moot Court competitions –– met in a fictive court hearing organised by Civil Rights Defenders at the third Trans-European Moot Court Finals in Strasbourg with Team Henrik Steska narrowly taking the trophy back to Slovenia. Team Schjødt from Norway were runners up.
Final year students from law schools scattered throughout Southeast Europe and the Nordic countries have the opportunity to compete every year at the regional Moot Court competitions with the finalists from the two regions meeting in Strasbourg for the grand finale.
The aim of the of the Moot Court is to give students a holistic experience in a real life international court setting, defending a topical case that could find itself in front of European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)
“Moot court competitions provide a great opportunity for law students to gain experience when it comes to pleading a case from start to finish. To debate before the European Court of Human Rights gives the students hands on experience, while the months of preparation leading up to the competition gives them the necessary routines required in their future profession as legal practitioners and decision makers.We are proud to see the dedication students put in preparation of the case”, said Goran Miletić, Programme Director at Civil Rights Defenders.
About the Regional Moot Court Competition in South-East Europe:
In 2007 Civil Rights Defenders initiated the competition for final year law students in the Western Balkans. The idea developed during Civil Rights Defenders’ work in the region. The organisation identified a lack of practical knowledge about the European Convention for Human Rights (ECHR). Very few Law faculties in the region had courses in European Law.
The Nordic Moot Court model, founded in 1984, inspired Civil Rights Defenders to arrange a similar competition for law students in the Western Balkans. Since the competition began over 800 students from Albania, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina have participated in the competition
“The aim is to train human rights experts at the beginning of their legal careers, so they can contribute to their communities. There is a need for more human rights practitioners, and people with good understanding of human rights, in different levels of society”, said John Stauffer, Legal Director for Civil Rights Defenders
Tags: Regional Moot Court, Trans-European Moot Court, and Western Balkans.
Regions: Western Balkans.