The whole contest will be conducted in English to support an interactive approach. No translation or interpretation is provided or permitted.
In each contest, twelve teams of three young lawyers each will compete with each other (36 participants/contest). In each one and a half day contest, four parallel quarter finals, two semi-finals and a final round with the two best remaining teams will be conducted. At each level, a different task will have to be mastered, which can take the form of a written report on a legal question, a negotiating exercise or an oral debate with another team in front of the jury.
The teams will prepare any written paper/report and the oral presentations independently.
A unique feature of this project will be that the 36 young lawyers from various EU Member States will be brought together in the same training, offering a unique forum for discussion and sharing of experiences with regard to European Law.
The papers as well as the presentations and the legal EU documents of relevance will be made available on the project’s website.
In order to guarantee the practical use of the contest, each round will focus on a specific part of EU Law. As the subjects and material which is distributed is selected by the project-managers, it will be up to date and thus cover up to date problems which may arise until the taking place of the contest. As well, there will be coverage of three different areas of law, like for example, European business law, European public law and fundamental rights, European criminal Law, European private law, etc., to be selected by the Project Manager.
As participants will be evaluated on their written and oral performances, this event has a competitive approach which is usually a strong motivation to improve skills and expertise. It will also have a strong training approach insofar as the jury will give indications as to the solutions of the problems from an EU law perspective and by offering them advice on pleading techniques. Participants will be asked to argue on behalf of clients during the negotiation exercise and during the moot court; this will directly strengthen their oral presentation skills. It will, in this way, have a direct impact on the daily practice of the participants, giving them improved knowledge on specific EU law problems, equip them with new approaches on different issues regarding the specific field of law they trained in, and give them the overall self-confidence which is needed to represent their clients best in court and other legal proceedings.
For participants to make contacts, get to know each other, exchange experience and best practice besides the actual competition, there will be a coffee break between each round as well as two lunches and a joint dinner offered.