The contest will consist of three rounds. A carefully selected jury will rank the teams after each round. Only the two best teams will go through to the third and final round.

First round (afternoon of day 1): Written report and oral defence session

In the first phase, each team will be asked to prepare a written report on a practical question relating to European law that has to be submitted to the Project Leaders at the latest three weeks before the day of the trial run (date of receipt). Each team will be given the task ten weeks before the day of the trial run (date of receipt). The teams will be able to select in advance between two different areas of European law.

The written report must not exceed 15 pages in Word format, Times New Roman, size 12, line spacing 1.5. For the avoidance of doubt, all written references such as summaries, side comments, annexes, bibliography or endnotes shall be included in those 15 pages. A cover page may be added in addition to the above limit.

In the second phase, the quarter finals will consist of four parallel sessions of two hours each with two participating teams in which these will defend their written reports, including answering questions asked by the opponent team. Each session will be chaired by a member of the Jury who will rank the teams on the basis of their oral performance and their written reports.

Second round: Negotiation exercise

The second round will consist of a negotiation exercise based on an M&A or similar business law case. The teams working in four parallel sessions will each be assigned to one of the parties/companies involved. They will have the remainder of day 1 to prepare their respective positions. On the morning of the second day, they will take part in a 90-minute negotiation in the presence of a Jury member (jurors will assess different teams in the oral defence and negotiation exercises). The two jurors will assess the performance of each team according to the following criteria:

  • Quality
  • Originality
  • Anticipation of future problems and solutions
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication skills
  • Clarity, attractiveness and persuasiveness of oral skills and consistency
  • Reference to the relevant case law of the European Court of Justice

At the end of the second round, the Jury will deliberate and announce the two teams selected to go through to the third and final round.

Third round: Oral pleadings

In the final round, the winners of the previous rounds will confront each other in an oral debate in the style of a moot court pleading. The teams will be asked to take the opposing stance in relation to a case study or topic which will be provided to them at the close of the second round. Each team will have at least one hour to prepare their pleading.

The oral debate will be public and take place in front of the Jury.

A random draw conducted by the chair of the Jury will define the starting team. Each team will have thirty minutes for its pleadings, which will be followed by a Q&A session in which Jury and team members may engage. Each team, in reverse order, will have fifteen minutes to close this session.

The Jury will assess the teams’ overall performance on according to the criteria listed above.

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