Publish Date: 06.05.2016

Category: News from the University

Students from the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana won the international competition in understanding asylum law – the International Asylum Law Moot Court Competition held in Trnava, Slovakia on 25 and 26 April.

The team from the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana, mentored by Prof. Dr. Saša Zagorc, was represented by master's degree students Neja Sterle and Aleša Valjavec who were coached by a master's degree student Manja Hubman and by Mojca Valjavec who works as a consultant at the Human Rights Ombudsman. The team wrote two essays or so-called memorandums for the appellant and the state between mid-February and mid-March 2016. After submitting the memorandums, the competitors prepared for an oral presentation.

Teams from Faculties of Law from Belgium, the Netherlands, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine and Slovenia first competed in oral presentation in a preliminary event, with our team advancing directly to the finals. In the finals, a coin toss determined that our competitors would act as the appellant against the team from the Vrije Universiteit from Amsterdam. The final part of the competition was held at the Regional court in Trnava, where our competitors convinced the senate of asylum judges, attorneys and professors, and deservedly won first place. This year's team proves its excellent work, and especially that from the Legal Clinic for Refugees and Foreigners counseling center at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana, considering our competitors had won first place at events in the past.

Photos by Prof. Dr. Saša Zagorc