19 May 2017

Team Maastricht wins national VAR Moot Court Competition (again)!

There were big shoes to fill but they did it again: the student team representing Maastricht University has won the prestigious VAR Moot Court Competition in administrative law for the second year in a row. UM master students in Constitutional and Administrative Law Esmée Driessen, Rik Kroes and Johanna Pex claimed the victory in the closing argument competition held on 17 May 2017 in Amsterdam. With that they left behind all the other competing teams from eight Dutch universities, and were able to bring the coveted trophy back home.


The team from Maastricht University was the smallest with only three students, but showed a great amount of enthusiasm in the past five months. That enthusiasm, mixed with extensive coaching by their mentors Sander Jansen, Assistant Professor Constitutional and Administrative Law, and Louise Verboeket, Education-/Research Officer Constitutional and Administrative Law, was rewarded with a second place after the written preliminary round (notice of appeal and statement of defense). The strong performance of Esmée, Rik and Johanna during the two oral preliminary rounds secured a third place for Maastricht University in the closing argument competition. The three finalists (Maastricht, Nijmegen and Leiden) were secluded and had only 45 minutes to prepare a subsidy case. The closing arguments were nerve-raising, but in the end the jury concluded that the team from Maastricht excelled in terms of both legal substance and verbal performance.