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 manager at the latest one month before the contest. Each team will be given the task at least 8 weeks before the contest. The teams will be able to select in advance between two different areas of European law.
This work is to be fostered by means of online communication (Skype/Facebook/Facetime/etc.) as the teams will consist of participants from three different EU Member States.
The written report must not exceed 15 pages (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.
EU legislation regarding the field of law selected for the respective rounds of the contest:
- Fundamental rights
- Criminal proceedings and the implementation of the EPPO
- Tax avoidance and anti-money laundering
- EU transparency and access to documents
- Company law and insolvency proceedings
- The European consumer agenda
- Access to justice in the European Union
- Citizenship and free movement in the Internal Market
The topics will be chosen among the ones targeted by the EU Justice programme: European public, criminal and civil law. The Charter of fundamental rights will specially have to be taken into consideration.
The written reports will be read by the full jury, and rated by two of them according to the specific following criteria :
- Overall structure of the written report
- Respect of the length of the report
- Written language skills
- Understanding of the topic
- Argumentation/critical thinking
- Reference to the relevant case law of the European Court of justice and the EU legal framework
- References to sources
In the second phase, the quarter finals will consist of six 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 and by the jury. 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. The member of the jury will also give his/her EU perspective on the arguments developed by the teams and advise the teams on their written and oral performances.
In order to evaluate the teams, the jury will take into consideration the following aspects:
- Quality of the overall oral presentation of the report
- Clarity and persuasiveness of the answers
- Communication skills
- Time management
- Team spirit