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Moot Courts

Moot Courts is about simulating a trial. The participants slip into the role of the lawyers of the respective party and try to convince a bench not only of the legal arguments, but also of themselves. At the beginning, Moot Courts were mainly used in Anglo-Saxon countries, but they are also becoming increasingly popular in Germany.

The ELSA Deutschland Moot Court (EDMC) is the largest civil Moot Court in Germany. Here, negotiations on the same case from civil law take place in different local groups and the respective winning party can then take part in the regional decision (North or South). The two winners of these decisions may then plead before the Federal Supreme Court (BGH) in Karlsruhe to determine the final winner, BGH judges decide on the hearing. You can find more information about the EDMC here.

Since 2017 there is also the ELSA Deutschland Verwaltungsrechts Moot Court (EDVMC). The four best teams are given the unique opportunity to hear their administrative case before real judges at an administrative court. Further information can be found here.

One of the largest Moot Courts in the world is the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition. This English-speaking and international Moot Court on world trade law takes place on five continents. You can find more information here.

You miss out on human rights in law school? Together with the Council of Europe, ELSA organises the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition (EHRMCC). The best teams are given the unique opportunity to try before the European Court of Justice in Strasbourg! This is the way to go if you don't want to miss this unique opportunity.

There are also smaller moot courts organised by ELSA. In cooperation with our sponsor Criminalium e.V., a criminal Moot Court takes place every year in Gießen.