Team ‘Iustitia’ from Serbia Winners of the Regional Moot Court Competition
Team “Iustitia” from Nis (Serbia) are the 2015 winners of the Southeast European Regional Moot Court Competition, which took place in Montenegro on the 26th April and ran for two days. The Moot Court Competition is an annual event organised by Civil Rights Defenders. The event gathers law students from Southeast Europe to participate in human rights-related simulated trials. For the first time in the competitions history Civil Rights Defenders welcomed participants from Albania.
“It is our pleasure to have an Albanian team joining the competition this year. It is a clear sign of the importance of this competition but also of the increasing interest among law students in the region to engage in human rights law, which is promising” says John Stauffer, Legal Director and Deputy Executive Director of Civil Rights Defenders.
Team “Henrik Steska” from Ljubljana (Slovenia) were the runners up in what was a very close encounter. The winners will now have the opportunity to take part in the Trans-Regional Finals held at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg later on in the year where they will meet the winners of the regional Nordic Moot Court competition.
Civil Rights Defenders established the competition in 2007 using the long running Nordic Moot Court model as their template. The aim of the event is to get law students acquainted with European human rights law, the legislation of the European Court of Human Rights as well as building a network between young human rights lawyers across the region.
The regional finals hosted 12 teams – two from Serbia (Nis, Novi Sad), three from Croatia (Split, Rijeka and Zagreb), three from Bosnia and Herzegovina (Mostar, Sarajevo and Zenica),one from Slovenia (Ljubljana), Macedonia (Skopje), Montenegro (Podgorica) and Albania (Tirana). Since the establishment of the Regional Moot Court Competition in Southeast Europe over 600 students have had the opportunity to partake and debate topical human rights issues in a realistic court setting.
The finals were held before a Panel of Judges which consists of judges from the European Court of Human Rights as well as Constitutional, Supreme, Higher courts and other judicial instances from the region,
In 2013, the first Trans-Regional Moot Court Finals were held at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, bringing together the winners of Southeast European and Nordic region.
Tags: Moot Court Competition, Western Balkans, and Young Lawyers of Serbia.
Regions: Western Balkans.