The Central and East European 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 Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”).
Teams of law students from countries across the CEE region compete before a CEEMC Judicial Panel comprising 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.
The CEEMC’s Presidents have always had a strong connections to the CJEU. They have included:
- Lord Slynn of Hadley (1995-1997 and 1999-2008)
- Advocate General Neil Fennelly (1998)
- Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston QC (2009-2019 and from 2022 onwards)
- Advocate General Michal Bobek (2021)
Since the CEEMC began, teams have participated from: Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
- The winning team is invited as our guests to visit London (Supreme Court, Inner Temple) and Cambridge University (Faculty of Law);
- The winning team’s members are also invited to participate free-of-charge in 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;
- The team which writes the Best Written Pleadings receives a book prize sponsored by Clifford Chance;
- Noted speakers receive book prizes.