Publish Date: 17.05.2021

Category: News from the University

From 7 to 9 May, the regional competition for knowledge of EU law, the EU Central and East European Law Moot Court (CEEMC), took place online. The competition is organised by the British Law Centres of the educational charity Juris Angliae Scientia Ltd and held under the auspices of the Court of Justice and the Centre for European Legal Studies of the University of Cambridge. The UL Faculty of Law (UL FL) team placed second in the team category, with a member of the team also winning Best Speaker Prize. 

The UL FL team comprised undergraduate students Nika Grošelj and Walter Maj Vidmar, and post-graduate students Tjaša Kalin and Maruša Juhant, mentored by former successful CEEMC contestants Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ana Vlahek, Sara Ermenc and Hana Palčič Vilfan. In addition to the team winning overall second place in the team category, Tjaša Kalin won Best Speaker Prize. 

Other competing teams included (as listed in English as appearing in the competition): University of Zagreb, Masaryk University Brno, Comenius University, University of Warsaw, Charles University, St Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, West University of Timisoara, Tbilisi State University & Free University Tbilisi, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Free University Tbilisi and Kutafin Moscow State Law University.

CEEMC simulates preliminary-ruling proceedings at the Court of Justice of the EU. This year’s moot questions centred on public procurement in the EU, the related bringing of actions against the European Commission at national courts, and challenging its acts.

The team began preparing for the competition in late January when the moot court problem was posted, and by the end of April wrote the pleadings in English for both parties to the proceedings (the European Commission as the defendant, and the company, i.e. the co-contracting party of the European Commission, as the plaintiff). On Europe Day the competition was brought to a close with oral pleadings before judges and Advocates General at the Court of Justice of the European Union, judges at the General Court and other EU law experts. In the elimination rounds, the UL FL team first went up against the Moscow and Sofia teams (once in the role of the plaintiff, and once as the defendant). In the semi-finals, it competed against the teams from Zagreb and Tbilisi (again acting once as the plaintiff, and once as the defendant). In the finals, our team took on the role of the defendant and tested its knowledge once more against the mixed team of universities from Tbilisi. 

The Faculty of Law has been participating in the Central and Eastern Europe Moot Court Competition, organised since 1995, on the initiative of Acad. Janez Kranjc, PhD, Professor Emeritus, since 1999, and has achieved excellent results (winning first place in 2003, 2012, 2014 and 2015, second place in 2004 and 2021, and third place in 2005 and 2017, along with several Best Speaker Prizes and Best Written Pleadings Prizes). In 2000, the Faculty of Law even hosted the event.

Sincerest congratulations to the entire team!