Press release - DC022(2014)

Team from City University London wins 2014 edition of the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition

Strasbourg, 26.02.2014 – Students from City University London (United Kingdom) were declared winners of the second edition of the European Moot Court Competition in English on the European Convention of Human Rights, after beating a team from the Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) in the final round. The best orator prize was awarded to Emmanouil Giakoumakis from Greece and the best written submissions prize to the team from the University of Helsinki (Finland).

The final round took place at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on 26 February and its jury, made up of prominent figures, including judges of the Court and academics, was chaired by Johannes Silvis, judge at the European Court of Human Rights.

The competition simulates the procedure of complaints to the European Court of Human Rights. Sixteen university teams from ten countries (Austria, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Romania, Serbia, Sweden and United Kingdom) pleaded a fictive case concerning freedom of expression in relation to defamation and hate speech.

The Moot Court Competition aims at giving law students, who are future lawyers or judges, practical experience on the European Convention on Human Rights and its implementation. The winning team is awarded a traineeship at the Court.

The competition is organised by the European Law Students Association (ELSA) with the support of the Council of Europe. ELSA is an independent and non-profit organisation representing 38 000 students, located in 300 universities in 42 European countries.

Several countries from the Council of Europe have financially contributed to the organisation of the competition in particular Ireland, Austria, Andorra and Poland.

Contact : Estelle Steiner, Press officer, tel. +33 3 88 41 33 35

Council of Europe Directorate of Communications
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