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Helga Pedersen Moot Court Competition

Course Level

advanced (years 3 and 4)

Course Language


Course Classification

This is a Themis course, although most Themis students who have to be back at their home universities for the second semester will not be able to take part.

The course is also open to non-Themis students.

Course Type and Contact Hours

Soft skills course (4 hrs per week) + competition in Strasbourg

Length of the Project

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


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

Teaching Mode

face-to-face meetings on Campus


This course is being held in each winter term.

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 class schedule.

Course Description

The European Human Rights Moot Court is a prestigious moot court held by the Council of Europe. Students simulate the complaints procedure on issues of human rights violations before the European Court of Human Rights (Strasbourg). The competition offers you the unique opportunity to study the principles and implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights and to apply them in practice. You will draft two submissions in English, one for the applicant and one for the respondent. The team then proceeds to compete in a Regional where you will present these arguments before renowned judges and lawyers. The first-placed team will win an internship at the Strasbourg Court.

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 tutor by 31 July 2023. Please send an e-mail with your documents

  • short letter of motivation
  • resume
  • overview of grades
  • if possible, language certificates

to mattis.leson@fu-berlin.de

Interviews will take place from mid-August.

Course Registration

It is not possible to sign up for this course via Campus Management. Once admitted, the Examination Office 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.

Before you take this course, please ask your home university whether you will be allowed to take a pass / non-pass course where no specific grade will be given.

FU Moot Court Website


Contact: Moot Court Tutor

Mattis Leson