Publish Date: 15.04.2016

Category: News from the University

Students from the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana win the grand finale of the international competition in understanding European Union law – European Law Moot Court (ELMC), which was held at the Court of Justice of the EU in Luxembourg on 15 April 2016.

The team was mentored by Prof. Dr. Ana Vlahek, coached by former Moot Court participants Kaja Batagelj, Ana Hergouth, Žiga Urankar and Sandra Koren, and included students Mirjam Homar, Kara Matan and Urša Ušeničnik (Nuša Kucler participated in the written part as well).

The ELMC competition, where all prestigious European and American universities traditionally participate, is a simulation of a preliminary ruling procedure at the Court of Justice of the EU, where every year a different focal topic in the European Union is addressed. This year's main topic was state liability in the EU. The European Moot Court Society was founded in 1988 and is supported by the Court of Justice of the EU and some of the most distinguished law firms. The Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana has been successfully participating in the ELMC since 2003. In 2004, it came in first in the world in the category of Advocate General, and in 2006 it came in second in the world in the category of Advocate General.

As for each year, this year's team had been preparing a memorandum for the plaintiff and the defendant in English and French from September to November. After receiving a positive assessment of the written pleadings, it qualified among the top 48 teams to one of the four regional finals for a spot in the grand finale in Luxembourg. After the team's win in Maastricht, the team qualified for the grand finale, where Lara Matan presented well-prepared arguments in perfect English and French, and with the help of other two participants performed well in front of the judges and advocates general of the Court of Justice of the EU, winning first place for the University of Ljubljana in the prestigious team category.

In this category the University of Ljubljana beat universities such as Columbia, Boston, LSE, Heidelberg, Amsterdam, Maastricht, Paris, Aix en Provence, Göteborg, Athens, Leiden and Edinburgh. Columbia won the Commission Agent category, and Leiden won the Advocate General category. Slovenian judge at the Court of Justice Marko Ilešič also attended the finale.