Empowering Young Human Rights Law Students in Strasbourg

Civil Rights Defenders is proud to host the Trans-European Moot Court Finals at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg for a third year in a row. The finalists representing the winners of the Southeast European and Nordic competitions will meet head to head on the 06th of November for what promises to be an enthralling simulated real life court setting based on contemporary human rights issues.

Team “Iustitia” from Nis (Serbia) and Team “Lannung” from Copenhagen (Denmark) are once again in the finals having met last year with the Serbian team prevailing by a small margin.

The finalists will prepare and argue their cases before a panel of seven judges (three from the  Western Balkans, three from the Nordic countries and one additional judge from an impartial country).

“The Trans European Moot Court Competition is gaining momentum each year. Civil Rights Defenders is delighted to support this event. The Moot Court guarantees a future for a new generation of dedicated legal professionals to develop their skills and knowledge when it comes to human rights standards and practices”, said John Stauffer, Legal Director at Civil Rights Defenders.

The Trans European Moot Court Competition is an annual event organised by Civil Rights Defenders. The event gathers law students from Southeast Europe and the Nordic countries to participate in human rights-related simulated trials. For the first time in the competitions history Civil Rights Defenders welcomed participants from Albania in early 2015.

This Year’s Case

Concerns a woman from the ficticious state of Maconda where 85 % of the population are religious. She suffers severe harm due to the fact that she is denied an abortion because of the doctors religious belief. She argues that her right to freedom of thought has been violated and that she has been discriminated as a woman.

She now seeks expertise to find the relevant articles needed to present a convincing case to the Strasbourg court with no barriers pertaining to exhaustion of domestic remedies for the European Court of Human Rights to try her case.

Categories: News.
Tags: Human rights, Moot Court, and Strasbourg.
Regions: Western Balkans.