Wednesday, 18 April 2012

René Cassin ECHR Moot Court

As has now become a good tradition, the René Cassin competition will take place again this year in Strasbourg. The competition is a french-language European Convention on Human Rights moot court for university students, named after the second president of the European Court. This the key information about the competition:

The 27th René Cassin human rights advocacy competition, consisting of mock legal proceedings in French based on the European Convention on Human Rights and open to students of law and political science, will be held on 23 and 24 April 2012. Sixteen university teams from six countries (France, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia and Switzerland), selected following the written stage of the competition, will compete at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg in a case concerning the rights of asylum seekers. The mock courts in the semi-finals will be made up of academics, judges, lawyers and officials from the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights.

The two most successful teams will meet in the final, to be held in the Court’s hearing room on 24 April at 2 p.m., before a panel of prominent figures (including judges of the Court and academics) chaired by Mr Philippe Leclerc, Representative for France of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Further information about this year’s competition and previous contests can be found on the René Cassin competition Internet site and on the page of the Court’s website dedicated to the competition. Those wishing to attend the final on 24 April should register no later than 19 April using the online form available on this page.

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