Publish Date: 10.05.2017

Category: News from the University

Last weekend, Sofia, Bulgaria hosted the international moot court competition in European Union law Central and East European Moot Competition – CEEMC, which was attended by a team from the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana under the mentorship of Prof. Dr. Ana Vlahek. The teams from the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana consistently perform well at CEEMC (first place in 2003, 2012, 2014 and 2015, second place in 2004, third place in 2005 etc.). 

This year’s team comprising the students Aljoša Aleksovski, Sara Ermenc, Urška Rotar and Špela Zupančič achieved the following notable results:  

  • Overall third place in the team category
  • Best written pleadings for the plaintiff and the defendant
  • Individual Speaker’s Award received by Sara Ermenc. 

This year’s questions at the competition addressed various aspects of international protection proceedings and conditions to obtain an EU residence permit. These issues are topical in the light of the refugee crisis, and some questions are currently also pending before the Court of Justice of the EU. 

With the help of former successful members of moot court teams of the Ljubljana University Faculty of Law Daniela Mozetič, Ana Bonča, Mirjam Homar, Urša Ušeničnik and Lara Matan, the team has been prepping themselves since January when the competition organisers (British Law Centre under the auspices of Cambridge University and Court of Justice of the EU) posted the moot court problem, which simulated preliminary-ruling proceedings at the Court of Justice of the EU. In March, the team submitted their written pleadings for the plaintiff and the defendant in the English language. The competition chaired by AG Eleanor Sharpston ended with oral performances in Sofia before the current judges and Advocate-Generals of the Court of Justice of the EU, EU law professors and other legal experts.

 Photo by Mirjam Homar