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After successfully submitting their written briefs in the fictional European Law Moot Court (ELMC) case of 'The Most Magnificent Order of the Cassowary v. The Kingdom of Antares,' the University of Amsterdam’s team was selected to compete in the Regional Finals held in Lisbon, Portugal, on 7 and 8 February.

The team, composed of Fation Allka (acting as Advocate General), Johanna Rippel (as Applicant), Julia Böhme (as Legal Counsel), and Tereza Látová (as Defendant), was one of the 12 teams selected form Universities all across Europe to present their oral pleadings in Lisbon.

European Law Moot Court (ELMC) is the most prestigious bilingual (English and French) competition in the field of general EU law and selected teams are judged on the quality of their legal argumentation, their ability to convincingly defend the positions of Applicant, Defendant, Advocate General or Commission Agent in simulated proceedings before the European Court of Justice, and their knowledge of EU law. This year’s case included pressing questions concerning the protection of religious minorities, the European Commission’s proposal to eliminate seasonal time-changes in the EU, and (of course) Brexit.

The Lisbon round, one of a total of four European rounds, was won by the team from KU Leuven and the University of Leiden’s team member acting as Advocate General. The best teams from each of the four Regional Finals will plead before Judges and Advocate Generals of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg this April.

If you are interested in EU law and in practicing your legal writing and oral argumentation skills, contact the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG) and join us for the 2020/2021 round!


Find out more about the competion on the ELMC website.