European Law Moot Court Competition

EUROPEAN LAW INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

General provisons
The competition is part of the initiative launched by the European Court of Justice as early as 1983 to organize mock international competitions addressed to the students on topics of European Law. In time, the range of participants has extended, as students are not only nationals of the EU Member States, but also nationals of Central and East-European countries, USA, Canada and even Australia.

The competition is organized to promote European law, mainly among the students, especially those aspects related to the practice of European law. The competition is also a forum for students to acquire practical experience on how to prepare and presents legal arguments in front of the European Court of Justice; it is also an opportunity to debate current legal and social issues related to European integration and the political and legal changes which single out this stage in the development of Europe. 

The competition has several rounds, as follows:
- publication of the case on the site (www.elmc.org) on 1st September of the current year;
- on-line enrollment of teams by 1st November;
- submission nof the written memorandum by 15th November;
- results on the memorandum published on site no later than 16th January; if the result is affirmative, namely if there is qualification for the following round, then the team goes to second round, namely the Regional Finals;
- the Regional Finals round is a semi-final, where a maximum number of 48 teams can qualify. It takes place in February of the following year ( 12 teams assigned to 4 different locations); only 4 teams shall be selected, one per location;
- the last round is the All European Final, which takes place in Luxembourg in March; the 4 winners presents their pleadings in public in front of the European Court of Justice;
- the winners shall be: the best Team, the best Advocate General; the best Representative of the European Commission; an extra prize can also be awarded to the best oral pleading, in case any competitor has an outstanding performans.

The team of the Bucharest University Law School has been participating in this competition since 2004 and has had good and very good results. For instance, in the XVIth edition of the competition (2007), the Romanian tean won first prize for Advocate General, qualified for the All European Finals in Luxembourg where it competed against the Advocate General selected in the Pecs Regional Finals (Hungary).  The jury was made up of judges and advocates general from the European Court of Justice as well as judges from the First Instance Court in Luxembourg. The jury awarded a special prize to the representative of the Bucharest Law School (Georgiana Ianuş), a prize which is not awarded yearly, namely the prize for the best oral pleading. The prize is a three-month study tour at the Court or at an important European law firm. 

ELMC 2005
ELMC 2006
ELMC 2007
ELMC 2008
ELMC 2009