The EUniWell Moot Court, designed for university students across EUniWell member universities, seeks to foster collaboration among students and academics in legal spheres connected to EUniWell's key research and teaching areas, particularly in Arena 2 and UN SDG 16. Law students from EUniWell universities will engage in practical applications of European Union Law and International Law, aligning with the Alliance's thematic priorities. The competition aims to encourage networking, creative discourse, and collaborative research among students and academics sharing an interest in EUniWell's values.
The project brings together academics and students from the following EUniWell member universities: University of Birmingham, University of Murcia, Nantes Université, University of Florence, University of Cologne and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.
Purpose and Significance
The EUniWell Moot Court provides students with a unique and high-level competition experience, offering them an opportunity to address societal challenges related to key Arena 2 themes, including human rights, citizenship, security, and peace-building. Aligned with EUniWell's educational agenda, the competition enhances legal and oral skills, deepening knowledge of EU and International Law. Additionally, it contributes to EUniWell's objective of fostering a shared identity, strengthening participants' sense of belonging to the Alliance and encouraging mobility among students and academics.
The competition also plays a vital role in promoting awareness and discussion around pressing legal issues relevant to EUniWell's Thematic Arenas, such as health and well-being or environment and well-being. Specific cases may explore fundamental rights during pandemics or measures to combat climate change. Moreover, the EUniWell Moot Court aligns closely with Arena 2, "Individual and Social Well-Being," and UN SDG 16, incorporating aspects of Gender Equality (UN SDG 5) and Reduced Inequalities (UN SDG 10).
Implementation Method and Timeline
The project will be implemented in three phases:
- First Phase (November 2023 to March 2024): Development and publication of the case, centred around issues relevant to Arena 2 and UN SDG 16. Legal topics may include human rights, citizenship, security, peace, health and ethics, cybersecurity, privacy, and human security.
- Second Phase (March-April 2024): Initial rounds and semi-finals hosted by the University of Birmingham. Teams defend plaintiff and defendant positions before a moot tribunal, potentially representing the Court of Justice of the European Union.
- Third Phase (March-April 2024): The final, held in a judicial institution of the organising university's country. The tribunal, comprising distinguished members with expertise in EU Law or International Law, may include representatives from CJEU, ICJ, or other international institutions.
The EUniWell Moot Court aims to:
- Facilitate connections among legal academics focusing on EUniWell-relevant topics.
- Promote student encounters, enhancing research and oral legal skills.
- Encourage student and staff mobility, fostering a common identity as participants transcend institutional and national boundaries. Participants gain a European perspective by interacting with students from at least five other countries.