European Law Students' Association (ELSA) Nottingham

There are two International Moot Court Competitions run by ELSA: the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition (EHRMCC) and the ELSA Moot Court Competition (EMC2) on WTO law. These are both conducted in English.

In Europe, the EHRMCC provides a unique opportunity for students to gain practical experience comparable to real pleading in front of the European Court of Human Rights, with traineeships up for grabs. Similarly, the EMC2 is a simulated hearing of the WTO dispute settlement system. Teams prepare and analyse fictive case and present their arguments both for the complainant and the respondent in front of a panel which consists of WTO law experts. However, this competition is an 'International Challenge' and open to students from across the globe.

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Rutvi Shah

Final Round Orator and Quarter-Finalist at the 5th Edition of the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition (Strasbourg)

"Participating in the 5th edition of the EHRMCC was a thrilling experience. We were exposed to so many different human rights and contemporary issues that were intertwined in our moot question. It gave us the opportunity to actually put into practice things we had learnt when studying the ECHR. It taught us to be creative and innovative in the manner in which we interpreted the Convention and the case law of the ECtHR to cover modern issues that were not incorporated in the ECHR when it was drafted e.g. environmental protection.

Reaching the final oral hearing round in Strasbourg was a great achievement considering the fact that it was the first time that ELSA Nottingham had participated in the moot competition. The oral round was an invaluable opportunity that taught the team the importance of being precise, concise and meticulous in written submissions and about the necessity for authority for every proposition of law cited no matter how obvious it is and knowing the facts of your case inside-out. We also gained priceless feedback from prominent individuals in the European Human Rights arena regarding mooting style, research and time management, all of which are crucial assets in the working world."



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