Between 2014 and 2018, the Research Centre Mohammed Ali held a European Union law moot court competition under the name “The EUROPA Moot Court Competition” in Kavala and Philippi (Greece).
This year the Competition will be hosted by the Lisbon NOVA School of Law and held at the Medieval Village of Óbidos in Portugal.
The Competition lasts two days. The first day is dedicated to the preliminary rounds, which will take place in three different museums at the Medieval Village of Óbidos. The second day is dedicated to the final rounds and ends with a gala dinner and award ceremony, which will take place at the History Man, a beautiful restaurant inside the castle walls that surrounds the village.
The aim of the competition is to promote the study of EU law and to encourage law students from diverse national and legal backgrounds to develop their oral advocacy skills.
FORMAT OF THE COMPETITION
Each participating university is required to form a team of 4 students who will argue a fictional reference for preliminary ruling raising important questions of European Union law before the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Two members will be required to argue in favour of the claimant in the main proceedings and the other two in favour of the respondent in the main proceedings or the Commission. The teams will not be required to submit written pleadings.
The language of the proceedings is English.
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