The moot court exercise is the prominent feature of our program. Taking knowledge and applying it simultaneously in a practical situation is key to being a successful lawyer. Students will quickly implement the knowledge they receive from the classroom setting, as well as receive invaluable training in litigating. Students will be instructed by very experienced Moot Court experts.
Students will be given a scenario early. In groups, the students will then be given tasks of drafting written memorials for submission. During week 3, the students will participate in oral hearings on the merits.
Students who advance to the final round plead their case in a real courtroom at the Lucerne Cantonal Court or the Swiss Supreme Court Section in Lucerne. In 2013 we had the honor of welcoming Judge O'Scannlain (9th Circuit Court of Appeals), in 2014 Jane Connors (Director, Research and Right to Development Division, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights) and in 2015 Marco Kalbusch (Secretary of the Conference on Disarmament, Deputy to the Director of UNODA, UN) as presidents of the Lucerne Academy Moot Court. In 2016 Justice Johann van der Westhuizen (South African Constitutional Court) presided the Lucerne Academy Moot Court and in 2018 Mark Villiger (former Judge and Section President at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg) was the presiding judge.
After the completion of the Lucerne Academy Moot Court, students will be prepared to succesfully participate in major international moot courts at their home Universities, such as the European Law Moot Court, the René Cassin Moot Court, the Inter-American and the Nelson Mandela Moot Court competition.