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The UN Youth Moot Courts is an academic simulation of the juridical procedures in front of the international courts, held in English and organized by the UN Youth Association of Romania in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung – Rule of Law Program South East Europe. Being one of the most important projects of the association, its purpose is to give to the participants the opportunity to apply their knowledge of International law, European Union law and Human Rights. The competition is also a forum for students to acquire practical experience on how to prepare and present legal arguments and how to debate current legal and social issues.

The UN Youth Moot Courts Competition welcomes students to a series of simulations of the juridical procedures in front of the international courts. The Competition consists of an extensive three-day educational and social program. Throughout this program, students are given the opportunity to engage in discussions on the prospects and challenges of international justice so they can put into practice their knowledge.

 

This edition aims to educate and train the students in simulating the juridical procedures in front of the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Right and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

WHAT IS MOOTING?

Mooting is the oral presentation of a legal issue or problem against an opposing part and before judges. It is perhaps the closest experience to appearing in court that a student can have whilst at university.

WHY SHOULD YOU GET INVOLVED IN MOOTING?

Mooting now forms a compulsory part of certain law courses, but is still a totally voluntary student-organized activity in many law schools. Gaining mooting experience can have a positive impact on your future career.

As many students will be aware, the legal profession is an increasingly difficult one to enter. Application forms for legal professional courses, solicitors’ firms often demand that a candidate can provide evidence of their advocacy or mooting experience whilst at university (over and above any of the more traditional areas of advocacy such as debating).

Mooting may also help you to build confidence in public speaking, general research, and presentation skills. In other words mooting experience can benefit every student whether or not they plan to follow a traditional legal career path upon graduation.

HOW IS MOOTING DONE?

  • THE PROBLEM

A typical moot problem is concerned solely with a point (or points) of law.

  • THE TEAMS

A moot usually consists of four speakers, divided into two teams, each consisting of a leading and junior counsel. One team represents the appellants, the other the respondents. The judicial panel consists in three judges. Mooters may be evaluated individually or as a team.

  • THE MOOT COURT

The moot ‘court’ should reflect, as far as possible, a courtroom scenario in reality. The moot is presided over by three judges who deliver a judgment at the end of the moot on the law and on the result of the moot itself. For the duration of their arguments, the mooters are required to maintain the appropriate courtroom manner (remembering, amongst other things, to address the court and fellow counsel in the accepted form).