Almost one hundred students from 15 European countries will come to Brno to compete in the regional finals of the world’s biggest Moot Court Competition in the field of international business law. Brno, along with German university town Passau, is one of two European cities where the regional finals of the Elsa Moot Court Competition will take place.
From 6 to 9 April 17 teams of law students will work in the building of the Czech Constitutional Court on a hypothetical law case prepared by the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The best four teams will qualify for the international finals in Geneva, Switzerland. The Brno finals are organised by Masaryk University law students who work for ELSA, the European Law Students´Association.
"The goal of the competition is to deepen knowledge and train skills students will need in their future jobs. As organisers, it is a valuable experience for us to prepare such a big event," says Jan Dohnal, ELSA Brno member and student of the Faculty of Law at Masaryk University.
Student teams will solve a fictitious dispute between two companies in the field of energy supply: the first of the firms uses fossil fuels while the second produces energy from renewable resources. Every team must submit two written pleas, one on behalf of the applicant, the other on behalf of the defendant. Then the team goes on to an oral proceedings phase in front of a committee composed of WTO representatives and leading solicitors.
Twenty teams from around the world will compete in the world finals. America, Asia and Africa are also conducting regional finals and will be sending their best teams to Geneva.