The eighth edition of the judicial battle of the year


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Between 25-28 April the High Court of Subotica in Serbia will host the Regional Moot Court Finals of the Western Balkans. This annual event gathers law students from all over the Western Balkans to participate in human rights trial simulations.

The 2014 Moot Court Finals mark the eight-year anniversary of a competition that over the years have grown in to an awaited tradition at Civil Rights Defenders.

“It’s a pleasure to host our regions future human rights defenders. It is fantastic to meet students that already are motivated to improve professionally and to get acquainted with the practices of the European Court of Human Rights”, said Goran Miletic, Programme Director for the Western Balkans at Civil Rights Defenders.

The finals will be held before a court consisting of judges from the European Court of Human Rights and other judicial instances from the region. 12 regional teams will participate – two from Serbia (Nis and Novi Sad), three from Croatia (Split, Rijeka and Zagreb), four from Bosnia and Herzegovina (Mostar, Sarajevo and Tuzla), one from Slovenia (Ljubljana) and one from Macedonia (Skopje).

“Despite its competitive model, Moot Court is motivated with the goal of creating a network of human rights defenders. This is probably the only competition in which all competitors, not only the winners, leave with more motivation then they had before”

Since the start in 2007 over 600 students from the region have participated in the finals, and over the years the competition have developed into an important part of Civil Rights Defenders’ human rights work.

“The fact is that our region has one of the highest numbers when it comes to complaints before the European Court of Human Rights. Having that in mind – meeting students and organising events like this one becomes even more important,” said Goran Miletic.

Last year, for the first time the Trans-European Moot Court Grand Finale were held at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Participating in the finals was the winning teams from the regional competitions in Scandinavia and the Western Balkans – team Henrik Steska from Slovenia and team Schjødt from Norway.

Read more about the competition on the official Moot Court website

Categories: News.
Tags: Moot Court and Subotica.
Regions: Western Balkans.