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Human Rights Moot Court

What is a Moot Court?

A Moot Court Competition simulates a judicial trial. The students work on a fictitious case from a lawyer's perspective in order to apply their theoretical knowledge.
Originally from the Anglo-American region, this discipline is becoming increasingly important in legal education due to its practical relevance.

What is the European Human Rights Moot Court about?

The annual European Human Rights Moot Court is hosted by the European Law Students' Association (ELSA) in cooperation with the Council of Europe.
In the course of working on the case, the students train their skills in teamwork, the legal processing of cases and acquire extensive knowledge in the field of human rights.
Participants can improve their language skills, especially in an academic context, through intensive study of English literature and oral discussions.


The subject of the Moot Court is an initial human rights case, simulating a complaint procedure before the European Court of Human Rights.
After the release of the case in August, the teams have time until November to draw up a statement for the applicant's and respondent's side in English. The team of two to four students is supported by one or two coaches.
In preparation for the final round, regional rounds organized by ELSA offer the opportunity to compete against other teams and gain experience in oral negotiations.
During the final round od the European Human Rights Moot Court, which takes place in the premises of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, the top 20 teams will compete against each other.
A special highlight is the pleading before the judges of the European Court of Human Rights, who, along with other experienced jurors from academia and practice, evaluate the performance of the teams.
In addition to the simulation of the negotiations, the final round also offers space for an international exchange with the other participants from all over Europe.
The members of the winning team have the opportunity to complete an internship at the European Court of Human Rights.