For many years now the Court has been endeavouring to familiarise future legal professionals with the Convention system by promoting advocacy competitions consisting of mock legal proceedings based on the Convention. Two competitions are held every year at the Court, namely the René Cassin competition for French-speaking students and the ELSA Moot Court for English-speaking students.
René Cassin Competition
For several years the Human Rights Building has hosted the René Cassin Competition, a legal advocacy contest open to students of law and political science in Europe.
The René Cassin competition is the oldest competition consisting of mock legal proceedings in French and based on the European Convention on Human Rights. It is organised by the University of Strasbourg Faculty of Law and the René Cassin Foundation with the support of the ECHR, the Council of Europe and numerous local and national partners.
On the basis of an imaginary scenario involving possible human-rights violations, the teams taking part will argue their case in front of panels of experts, relying on the European Convention on Human Rights and its Protocols and following the procedures applied in the European Court of Human Rights.
René Cassin Competition 2017
The Bruges Collège d'Europe has been declared the winner of the 2017 René Cassin advocacy competition, consisting of mock legal proceedings, in French, based on the European Convention on Human Rights and open to students of law and political science.
The final round of the 32nd competition, in which students from the Bruges Collège d'Europe competed against a team from Aix-Marseille University, took place at the Court on 24 March 2017 before a jury made up of prominent figures from the legal world (judges of the Court and academics). It was chaired by Judge Ledi Bianku, the ECHR judge elected in respect of Albania.
30 university teams, from Austria, Belarussia, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia and Switzerland, were competing with each other from 22 to 24 March 2017. The subject of the 32nd edition was health and European human rights law.
René Cassin Competition 2016
The final round of the 31st competition, in which the University of Réunion Island met Luxembourg University, took place at the Court on 1 April 2016 in front of a jury made up of prominent figures (judges of the Court and academics), chaired by Bernard Guetta, journalist, commentator on France Inter. The University of Réunion Island has been declared the winner.
René Cassin Competition 2015
The final round of the 30th competition, in which the University of Basle met Montpellier University, took place at the Court in front of a jury made up of prominent figures (judges of the Court and academics), chaired by Christophe Deloire, Secretary General of Reporters sans frontières (Reporters without Borders). The University of Basle has been declared the winner.
ELSA Moot Court
This moot court competition, conducted in English, is organised by the European Law Students Association (ELSA), representing 40,000 students from 300 universities in 43 European countries.
Several Council of Europe member States contribute financially to the organisation of this competition.
Moot Court 2017
Students from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine) have been declared the winners of the 5th edition of the European Moot Court Competition. The competition ended on 16 February 2017 at the ECHR, when the team from Kyiv faced students from Sofia University (Bulgaria) in the final round of pleadings. The team from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) came 3rd. More info
Moot Court 2016
Students from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) were declared winners of the 4th edition of the European Moot Court Competition, after beating a team from the Sofia University (Bulgaria) in the final round. The team from Cluj-Napoca University (Romania) placed 3rd.