Central and Eastern EUROPE Moot Competition
The Central and Eastern Europe Moot Competition (CEEMC) was founded in 1995 by the British Law Centre. It simulates a preliminary reference from a fictional EU Member State to the European Court of Justice.
The Central and East European Moot competition (“CEEMC”) was founded in 1995 by the British Law Centre (“BLC”), based at the University of Cambridge. The BLC also teaches law and legal skills, both online and in person at a range of locations.
The CEEMC invites teams from Universities throughout the CEE region to moot against each other in a fictional preliminary reference from an EU national court to the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”).
CEEMC teams moot before a distinguished Judicial Panel of judges and experts from: the EU’s courts and institutions; other international and national courts and institutions (inc. the EFTA Surveillance Authority), renowned academics and expert legal practitioners.
To date, CEEMC teams have represented Universities in: Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
The CEEMC takes place in a different location each year. It combines the serious (but enjoyable) mooting with a rich social program, including an end-of-competition party and singing competition.
All CEEMC mooters gains valuable experience, both professional and personal. Additionally, the best performers also receive special prizes, as follows:
- The winning team is invited as our guests to visit London (UK Supreme Court, Inner Temple) and Cambridge University (Faculty of Law);
- The winning team’s members are offered a free-of-charge place on the British Law Centre’s 1-year Diploma in English Law & Legal Skills(“DELLS”);
- The CEEMC Best Speaker receives an internship (stage) to the CJEU and is are offered a free-of-charge place on the British Law Centre’s 1-year Diploma in English Law & Legal Skills(“DELLS”);
- The team which writes the Best Written Pleadings receives a book prize sponsored by Clifford Chance;
- Noted speakers receive book prizes.
Mooting requires the discipline of advance preparation, sifting through and selecting the most appropriate materials, then producing written pleadings. Oral pleadings require the skill to present arguments and respond to judicial questioning, using available materials to support an argument or attack an opponent’s arguments. This all needs to be done within an allotted time period. It’s not easy, but it’s definitely worth it!