UM Law Faculty student teams show well in Moot Court competition
Each year, students from the Faculty of Law at Maastricht University score high in national and international moot courts and moot competitions, where teams vie against each other in simulated proceedings to present a convincing legal case to an expert jury. This spring, UM student teams showed well in four competitions.
Willem C. Vis Moot
The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot was held in Washington, where for the first time a UM team made it through to the quarter finals. With an outstanding score they ended among the top eight of the 340 participating teams.
The problem created for this year’s competition involved the sale of fan blades and clamps for jet engines and the applicable exchange rate in a ‘costs + profit’ contract, where the costs are incurred in a different currency than the currency of payment. In addition, the students had to master issues of arbitration procedure, with a focus on security for costs and contractual time limits.
The team also received an honourable mention in the category Respondent Memorandum. Tying with Cambridge University, which also made the quarter-finals, the UM team beat out the other European universities competing this year and put in the best performance since our students have been taking part in this moot. Our congratulations go out to the whole team of Alina Anapyanova, Ivana Bartolac, Rokaya Ghoneim, Olga Kacprzak, Kotryna Kerpauskaitė, Lara Ohnesorge and Rikke Øksnes. The team was coached by Clara Decamps, Willem Loof, Alexandru Daniel On and Shahar Sverdlov.
European Law Moot Court
The European Law Moot Court (ELMC) held in Luxembourg on 31 March 2017 saw teams plead their cases before a jury of the Court of Justice of the European Union, with the UM team making it to the semi-finals. From the roughly 100 universities that entered, the contenders were eventually whittled down to four regional round winners who faced off during the finals in Luxembourg. This year's case concerned the scope and extent of the European Central Bank's powers in the supervision of national banks.
The team consisted of Dina Grego, Jihane Mirode, Christine Recker and Ilja Terwinghe and was coached by Alexander Hoogenboom and Pauline Melin.
National closing argument competition
Third-year law student Bo te Baerts claimed the victory in the Dutch national closing argument competition (Nationale Requireerwedstrijd) held on 14 April 2017 at the Palace of Justice in Amsterdam. Battling against 12 other finalists from universities throughout the country, Bo was named the winner in this nationwide competition organised by the Dutch Public Prosecution Service every year, which calls for students to step into the shoes of a public prosecutor.
The case this year involved a law student who is arrested after refusing to cooperate during a roadside check and insulting an agent. The student violently resists the arrest, leading the agent to grab him by the throat and the student to retaliate by striking the agent's face, giving him two black eyes and a broken nose. Bo was coached by Natasja van der Meer.
Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court
On 23 and 24 February the Dutch Qualifying Rounds of the 2017 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition were held in Amsterdam, where students Céline Fäh, Caitlin MacMillan, Hanna Moller and Diya Dilan showed excellent teamwork and very good performance during the international round's exciting final against Leiden University. The team was coached by Laura Visser, Jure Vidmar and Jennifer Sellin. Diya Dilan, in an outstanding performance representing the applicant, was awarded best oralist.
Participation in moot courts gives students an unparalleled opportunity to hone their debating, pleading, arguing and presentation skills in a realistic setting. An overview of the competitions in which UM law students take part is available here.