Moot Court Competition
A part of the Project was the development of a Moot Court Competition, primarily targeted at students and aimed at educating a new generation of practitioners dealing with EU private international law practices. The Moot Court Competition met the Project’s main objective, which is to contribute to the application of relevant EU law in practice. It formed an additional pillar for the construction of a solid and growing legal community that is familiar with the operation of the Regulation. As such, it enhanced the dissemination of knowledge of EU private international law sources while creating a network of young lawyers and senior experts working in the private international law field.
The Pax Competition was a specialized moot court competition focused on private international law issues. Participants was able to learn and apply first hand the complexities and nuances of this area of law. Instead of pleading primarily on the merits of the case, PAX Moot participants were given a case geared towards jurisdictional and choice of law disputes. Instead of trying to win the whole case, clear goals were given to each side as to which preliminary ruling they were striving to achieve.
The Competition was originally set up by Sciences Po (Paris) in 2012. Since 2018, the organising team includes private international law experts from different universities and research institutions.
Competitions in 2019 and 2020
As part of the JUDGTRUST Project, two moot court competitions were organised in cooperation with Sciences Po. In 2019, the 7th edition of the Pax Moot Competition was organised. The oral rounds took place in The Hague. Information can be found here. In 2020, the 8th edition of the Pax Moot Competition will take place in Antwerp and Brussels. Information can be found here. More information can be found on the website of the Pax Competition, here.
A video on the moot court competition can be found here: Video Moot Court Competition