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European Law Moot Court

Course Level

advanced (years 3 and 4)

Course Type and Contact Hours

Soft skills course (4 hrs per week) + regional semi-finals + final competition in Luxemburg

Length of the Project

The course will start in September and end with the final competition in March. Participants must take part in all activities.

Course Languages

English and - to a limited degree - French

French language skills would be an asset but are not a mandatory requirement.


10 (prerequisites: regular attendance and meaningful contributions of the student)


The course will be held in every winter semester.

Time Schedule and Course Venue

An up-to-date electronic course catalogue for the winter semester will be available on the website http://www.fu-berlin.de/vv from late August to late February. Please select "Fachbereiche" - "Rechtswissenschaft" - "Staatsexamensstudiengang" and "Rechtswissenschaft (SPO 2015)" in order to access the Law courses.

Course Description

The European Law Moot Court Competition is a simulated court competition, in which teams of students prepare written pleadings with respect to a problem of European law and present their arguments in oral proceedings before the Court of Justice.

The competition consists of three stages, one written and two oral: The written stage takes place in September - November each year. The team prepares submissions setting out arguments on behalf of both the applicant and defendant in the proceedings before the Court of Justice. The written submissions are sent to a panel of judges made up of professors, judges, lawyers or Commission representatives who will, during the second stage, act as Judges of the Court of Justice. Four regional finals, which are in effect semi-finals, are held in February each year. The location of each varies from year to year. The all European final takes place at the Court of Justice in March each year before Judges from the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance.

Restricted Enrollment

yes (that means that the number of participants is limited and that you might not get a place in this course)

Course Application

Applications will be accepted by the Moot Court tutors by 30 June 2019. Please send an e-mail with your documents

  • letter of motivation (maximum: 500 words)
  • CV
  • transcript of records
  • language certificates (if available)

to elmc@zedat.fu-berlin.de.

Course Registration

It is not possible to sign up for this course via Campus Management. Once admitted, the course instructor is going to enroll you in Campus Management for this course.

Course Drop Period

Please contact the Moot Court tutor and the International Office at the Law Department if you wish to drop this course.


No exam will be given in this course. Students will receive the grade "Pass" for regular attendance and active contribution, or the grade "Non-Pass" for irregular attendance and/or non-meaningful contribution.

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