European Law Moot Court

The University of Lucerne enjoys regular success in the European Law Moot Court (ELMC).

It has enjoyed a remarkable winning streak since first participating in the event in 2007. Students from the University of Lucerne have regularly secured a place among the first 48 participants selected for the regional final, placing them among the frontrunners in a field of more than one hundred universities worldwide. They achieved an excellent second place in the regional final on their very first appearance in 2007.

The ELMC competition is a simulated court case before the Court of Justice of the EU. Budding lawyers are faced with a European Law case for which they must prepare written pleadings. The written preliminary round decides who makes it through to the regional final, which takes place in the form of four regional finals in different locations around the world. In this round, the teams present an oral pleading before a court modelled on the ECJ. The judges are all established experts in European law. The best teams from the regional finals plead before the judges and the advocate generals at the European Final before the premises of the Court of Justice of the EU in Luxembourg.

The competition is bilingual (English and French) and not only gives up-and-coming legal talent an exciting experience, but can also pave the way for a career in law. The most prestigious law firms in Europe are regularly involved in staging the event and they recruit junior talent from the ranks of moot court participants, known as mooties.

The European Law Moot Court Society has organised the ELMC since 1988, with support from organisations including the European Institutions, and it is the world’s largest moot court competition in European Law.

Professor Sebastian Heselhaus (European Law, International Law, Public Law and Comparative Public Law) has played a key role in Lucerne’s success in the event. He can rely on an experienced team of coaches and language trainers who supervise mooties and help to prepare them for the legal, rhetorical, didactic and linguistic challenge that awaits them.

For further information please contact Alessia Jeker.
We are pleased to accept applications for the competition year 2022/2023.

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