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CHARACTERISTICS
  • THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

    The Competition simulates the procedures of complaints to the European Court of Human Rights.

  • AIM

    The Competition provides a unique opportunity for students to experience the principles and implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights firsthand.

  • TESTIMONIALS

    Click here to learn how judges and former participants describe the Competition.

The European Human Rights Moot Court Competition is organised by ELSA in cooperation with the Council of Europe. The Competition simulates procedures of complaint for the European Court of Human Rights and gives participants the opportunity to interact practically with the European Convention on Human Rights. 

STRUCTURE
  • WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS

    Are providing the first part of the selection round with the aim of selecting teams for the Final  Round. Registered teams have to send two Written Submissions, one for the Applicant and one for the Respondent.

  • REGIONAL ROUNDS

    Are providing the second part of the selection round. Registered teams have to attend one Regional Round representing both the Applicant and the Respondent.

  • FINAL ORAL ROUND

    The Final Oral Round is the last stage of the competition, where the best 18 teams compete. The Final is organised annually in Strasbourg with the pleadings taking place at the Palais de l’Europe and the European Court of Human Rights.

With the 8th edition, ELSA has decided to alter the structure of the Competition by adding mandatory Regional Rounds. Thus, the first step of the Competition is for teams to analyse the fictive case and present their Written Submissions for each party. Following this, all teams will be allocated to one of our three Regional Rounds during which they will present their Oral Pleadings and be scored on their oral advocacy skills. Based on their performance in the Written Submissions and Regional Rounds, the best 18 teams will qualify for the Final Oral Round in Strasbourg.

ACADEMIC VALUE
  • TRAINEESHIPS

    Every member of the winning team is invited for the traineeship at the European Court of Human Rights.

  • INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT

    The Final Oral Round gathers 18 teams from all over Europe. It is a unique opportunity for networking with other participants and Judges.

  • SKILLS TRAINING

    The Competition is a unique opportunity for students to gain practical experience comparable to real pleading in front of the European Court of Human Rights.

Participating in the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition provides excellent opportunities to improve your oral advocacy skills, network with peers from all over Europe and win unique prizes. The Competition allows you to accelerate your career in international human rights law and offers you the opportunity to win a traineeship at the European Court of Human Rights!