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The Competition

The European Law Moot Court (ELMC) is the biggest international Moot Court in European Law. Since its foundation in 1998 the ELMC has been organised by the European Law Moot Court Society in cooperation with the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The ELMC simulates legal proceedings before the ECJ. Every year in September the European Law Moot Court Society publishes a new case based in European law, which will be the subject of the competition. Teams of law students from all over the world take on the roles of applicants, defendants, advocates general and commission representatives.

The participating teams prepare written observations which they present to the ECJ and compete against each other in the oral proceedings (Regional Finals) before the Court. The Regional Finals take place in different locations in Europe and in the USA. The best teams as well as the best advocate generals and commission representatives compete in the All European Final taking place at the ECJ in Luxemburg before a bench composed of judges and advocates general of the Court.

The competition is carried out in English and French, the official languages of the ECJ. The number of participants has risen constantly, with approximately 90 teams from Europe and the USA participating in 2013.

Further information under www.europeanlawmootcourt.eu