CEP Lecturers Organize International Moot Court Competition in Poland


From the Civic Education Project Newsletter, Volume 1, Number 2, Summer 1995

From April 7 to April 9, 1995 an international student moot court competition was held in Torun, Poland. This event marked the first Civic Education Project sponsored moot court competition. The organizers believe the competition to be the one of first such events in Central and Eastern Europe and perhaps the first to include participants from the former Soviet Union.

The competition was sponsored by CEP, the Centre for European Studies of Nicholas Copernicus University, the Open Society Institute (Budapest), and the British Centre for English and European Legal Studies of Warsaw University.

Teams for the event were made up of four students each. Teams participating included: one team from Bulgaria, four from Poland, one from Russia and two from Ukraine. The two Ukraine teams were from Donetsk Law School, accompanied by CEP lecturers Loukas Mistelis and William Boggs. Other CEP participants were Richard Langan from the University of Economics in Varna, Bulgaria; Denise Ashmore, Christopher McNall, and Jonathan Saunders from the University of Warsaw, Poland; Simon Bevan from Torun, Poland; Kevin McMahon from Ural State University in Ekaterinburg, Russia; and Nicholas Sellers from Kiev Mohyla Academy in Kiev, Ukraine. Each the CEP lecturers acted as judges for the moot courts, sitting in panels of three for the elimination competitions, and all sitting en banc for the final championship competition.

The subject of the moot court was a European Union law question, and the tribunal was the European Union Court of Justice. In addition to deciding the moot court championship, the court also rendered a decision on the law, which closely followed the submission made by Loukas Mistelis in the character of European Union Advocate General. Nicholas Sellers was President of the Court and delivered the court's findings. A team from Katowice, Poland was declared the final victor.

In addition to being a valuable learning experience for students, the competition also offered a unique chance for the students--many of whom had never been outside their home country--to interact in a scholarly environment with other students of the region. CEP hopes to make the competition an annual event.