Final of the Young European Lawyers Contest: Moot Court at the General Court of the European Union, 12 October 2022
Vlad Sulea, Stella Alessandrini, Vincenzo Maiorano, and Jan Spierzak are the winner of this contest. They were warmly congratulated by Ms Jettie Van Caenegem who is the chairperson of the Friends of ERA Association. The team represented the European Commission in a fictious moot court case pleaded today at the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg.
The second place was attributed to team composed of Lucie Lavergne, Dimitrios Karagiannis, Justine Yansenne and Silvia Buliscakova defending a company in a state aid matter.
Both teams were invited to defend a case before a Jury composed of Judges of the General Court, academic, and lawyers in private practice. Teams showed great confidence and composure in answering the questions posed by the jury following the pleas. This young generation of lawyers attending this contest is definitely talented!
The next contest organised by Academy of European Law ERA will take place in 2023. For further information: https://younglawyerscontest.eu/
Final of the Young European Lawyers Contest – Trier, 10-11 October 2022
The best two teams from each semi-final that took place in June 2022 take part in a three-day final held at ERA’s premises in Trier and at the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg on 10-12 October 2022.
After a training on “how to litigate before the Court of Justice”, a negotiation exercise was organized, where 6 teams of 4 candidates each performed brilliantly in front of a jury composed of well-known and highly experienced lawyers from the legal practice and the academic sphere (Heinz Weil, Avocat honoraire, former partner of Weil & Associés and among others, members of Academy of European Law ERA’s Board of Trustees, Fabrice Picod, Professor of Public law at University Panthéon-Assas and Panagiotis Perakis, First vice-president of the Conseil des barreaux européens (CCBE) and Partner at Law Office Panagiotis Perakis in Athens).
Bravo to Teams 6 and 8 who, by being awarded the best ranking, will plead at the General Court in front of a prestigious jury composed of high-profile representatives from legal practice, and judges from the General Court!
3rd Semi-Final Barcelona, 13 June 2022
The third and last semi-final of the Young European Lawyers Contest took place at Illustre Collegi de l’Advocacia de Barcelona (ICAB) on 13 June 2022.
The evening before, contestants and jurors had the opportunity in a casual and friendly atmosphere to meet members of the Friends of ERA. This association supports the Contest by among others, awarding prizes to the finalists.
Teams 8 (Lucie Lavergne, Dimitrios Karagiannis, Justine Yansenne, Silvia Buliscakova) and Team 10 (Maximilien Pallu, Maria Ruggiero, Elena M. Costescu and Oriol Teixidó Moreno) selected for the final in Trier in October, as well as the other teams competing in Barcelona were praised by jurors for the quality of their oral presentations.
Young #Lawyers also received useful comments from jurors on how to improve their oral and argumentation skills. “Make your arguments persuading by changing the intonation of your voice” underlined one of the jurors, “body language when pleading is key” said another juror.
Many thanks to ICAB for hosting this semi-final!
2nd Semi-Final Bratislava, 11 June 2022
On 11 June, the second semi-final of the Young European Lawyers Contest took place. Hosted by the Slovenská advokátska komora / Slovak Bar Association (Slovak Bar Association), it took place in beautiful city of old Bratislava. The diner served the evening before in a marvelous place nearby the castle was the opportunity for the 16 lawyers, 3 jurors, ERA and the Slovak Bar, to meet in a casual and friendly atmosphere.
After their extremely well-prepared oral defenses, the 4 teams of young lawyers received very useful feedback from Jurors on their performances. Teams composed of lawyers from different nationalities had the challenge to prepare remotely their written report ahead of the semi-final.
Like in Warsaw, jurors were composed of high profile and very experienced litigators: Amedeo Barletta, Vice Chair of the European Criminal Bar Association, Peter Kovac, Co-head of the Wide Data & Cybersecurity services, Kinstellar, Bratislava, and Panagiotis Perakis, Vice-President of the CCBE.
Congratulations to teams 1 (Katrijn Vermeulen, Lisa Gabriele Stoeckl, Artemis Glasimakopoulou, and Antoine Pretot) and 12 ( Tess Bellanger, Martina Tarantola, Dušan Štric and Christophoros Losif) who were chosen as the two best teams and will hence be invited to Trier on 10-12 October for the final. Good luck!
1st Semi-Final Warsaw, 11 June 2022
The first semi-final of the Young European Lawyer Contest 2022 organised by the Academy of European Law ERA was hosted by the Warsaw Bar Association and took place this week.
Teams composed of lawyers from different nationalities defended their written report in front of jurors composed of very experienced litigating lawyers in private practice. Performance of these young lawyers who are at the start of their professional careers is amazing and promising.
Bravo to Team 3 (Anke Istace, Alexandra Koliakou, Rebecca-Georgia DUNCA, Andreas Hadjigeorgiou) and Team 6 (Vlad Petru Sulea, Stella Alessandrini, Vincenzo Maiorano, and Jan Spierzak) who as the two best teams of this semi-final will be invited for the final in Trier and at the General Court of Justice of the European Union on 10-12 October 2022.
More about the Young Lawyers Contest: https://younglawyerscontest.eu/