Conditions of participation

1. The Young Lawyers Contest is addressed to trainee or, in jurisdictions in which initial training does not include a period of legal practice, newly qualified lawyers. A person is considered a “trainee lawyer” if he or she is regarded as such under national law, including in the form of an induction or apprenticeship period, and if s/he has not attended initial training activities for more than two years. The training institution to which the trainee belongs will have to certify his/her status, according to the above, at the moment of registration. A person is considered a “newly qualified lawyer” if s/he, at the date of registration, is in her/his first year of practice, such year commencing with the date when the person was first admitted to the Bar. Participants will have to justify that they fulfil the above mentioned conditions by sending a CV to the organisers when registering to the contest. Participants will not be allowed to take part in the contest more than once.

Deadline for applications:

Contest I: Closed

Contest II: 1 July 2020

2. The number of places available for the contest is limited to 36 participants per contest. Participants will be selected if they fulfil the conditions of participation. Participation is confirmed only upon receiving a written response from the organisers and after payment of the participation fee. A response will be given to every applicant shortly after the above-mentioned deadlines. For applications received after the deadline or in case the event is already fully booked, a reserve list of participants will be drawn up. Participants from this reserve list will be chosen on a first come first serve basis as soon as a place is available. They will have to confirm their participation to the organiser and pay the related fees within two working days.

3. Participation fee amounts to 236 Euro per contestant. This fee covers catering costs (1 dinner, 2 lunches & coffee breaks/beverages), a documentation set, a certificate and participation in the contest.

4. For contestants belonging to the countries eligible under the Justice Programme, travel and accommodation costs are reimbursed. Contestants selected from countries not belonging to the Justice Programme will have to bear their own travel and accommodation costs.

5. Travel costs for participants travelling by plane will be reimbursed up to a maximum of €400 and travelling by train or car up to a maximum of €250 subject to submission of the originals of travel receipts to be sent in within one month after the training (deadline 13 March 2020. Deadline for the 2nd contest: 10 March 2021). Failure to comply may result in the rejection of your travel reimbursement claim. Please be especially aware to keep your train tickets in original and to get fully filled in taxi receipts!

Attendance of the entire course is required and your presence will be monitored. Participants are not to make travel arrangements that require them to leave the seminar before its end. Filling in the seminar evaluation is mandatory. Failure to attend the entire course and/or to return the filled in evaluation form will result in the loss of entitlement to reimbursement of any of your expenses.

6. Payment of the participation fees is a precondition to be selected as a contestant. The fee will have to be paid within 10 days after the confirmation of participation and within 2 days for participants selected from the waiting list. For contest 2, any payment made after the 23 August 2020 may lead to a rejection of participation. The payment of the participation fee should be made via a bank transfer containing the following information:

ERA’s bank details
BBk Saarbrücken – Deutsche Bundesbank
IBAN DE14 5900 0000 0058 5019 00
Volksbank Trier
IBAN DE08 5856 0103 0001 0027 37
VAT Number: DE 811563520

7. A certificate of attendance will be issued after the Young Lawyers Contest.

8. Participation to the whole course is required and your presence will be monitored. Participants are not to make travel arrangements that require them to leave the seminar before its end. Filling in the Young Lawyers Contest evaluation form is also mandatory. Failure to attend the entire contest and/or to fill out the evaluation form will automatically mean that the participant is not entitled to a certificate of attendance or to reimbursement of costs.

9. A list of participants including each participant’s e-mail address will be made available to all participants. All the tasks (e.g: written reports) delivered by the participants within the framework of the contest will be put online.

10. The participant’s address and other relevant information will be stored in the Academy’s database in order to provide information about future ERA events, publications and/or other developments in the participant’s area of interest unless the participant indicates that he or she does not wish the Academy to do so.


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