Mooting & skills

Development of personal skills in oral and written argument, interpretation of legal principles, ability to represent both sides in a dispute; thereby being better prepared to deal with contra-arguments.

Mooting requires the discipline of advance preparation, to sift through and select the most appropriate materials, then provide a written outline argument. In an oral context the skill to adapt arguments and to introduce additional materials in support or to defend argument of other side. To effectively and efficiently present arguments within an allotted time scale. To meet with other young lawyers from the region and discuss common legal and economic problems caused by the economic and political transitions in each country.

The benefits for participants include a community spirit manifested in contacts developed between a group of young lawyers, who are competent linguists, nationals of central and eastern European countries. They will share similar problems in the development of their countries but types of difficulties will differ. The ability in the future to maintain inter-country contact will give each the chance to use and learn from the experiences of others, when resolving the inevitable obstacles that each country will face.

In addition, lawyers are often at the heart of changes in their countries, whether in a purely legal context or as active political participants and need to be able to compete on equal terms with lawyers from other Member States.

Here are some tips from the current President of the CEEMC Eleanor Sharpston QC, Advocate General at the CJEU