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Groningen law students reach the final rounds of the ELSA Human Rights Moot Court Competition

08 January 2016

A team of four students from the law faculty has managed to reach the final oral rounds of the ELSA human rights moot court competition. They will compete in these rounds in Strasbourg from 15-18 February 2016.

The team members are Werner Hofs, Claire Ochieng (both LLM International Human Rights Law), Iris Kwakkel (LLB International and European Law), and Kim Roeten (LLM Public International Law).

The team has been coached by two lecturers from the International Law Department, who will also accompany the team to the finals in Strasbourg.

The European Moot Court Competition brings together top law students from around Europe to debate important issues of international human rights law in the Palace of Justice in Strasbourg, the home of the European Court of Human Rights.

All teams had to submit written submissions containing arguments for both sides of the dispute, so we wrote two separate submissions about the applicants' arguments and respondents' arguments. Out of all (at least) 60 submissions, the moot court organization selected the 16 best submissions and those teams will argue before ECtHR judges mid February.

The topic concerns human rights, and more specifically the right to life, fair trial, right to freedom of religion, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association and the prohibition of discrimination.

The prize for the winner team of the competition 'the Council of Europe Prize' is a traineeship at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg for a period of one month.


This article was published by the Faculty of Law.

Last modified:30 November 2017 2.37 p.m.

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