Press release - DC025(2013)

Trinity College Dublin team wins 2013 first European Human Rights Moot Court Competition in English

Strasbourg, 27.02.2013 - Students from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) were declared winners of the first edition of the European Moot Court Competition in English on the European Convention of Human Rights, after beating a team from Essex University (United Kingdom) in the final round. The best orator prize was awarded to Joanna Kisielinska from Torun University (Poland) and the best written submissions prize to the team from Trinity College Dublin.

The final round took place at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on 27  February and its jury, made up of prominent figures, including judges of the Court and academics, was chaired by Ms Nina Vajic, former Judge and President of Section 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 thirteen countries (Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, UK) pleaded a fictive case concerning the ‘Sterilisation of pregnant HIV women in Orosia’.

The Moot Court Competition aims at giving law students, who represent 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 41 European countries.

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

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