ELSA Moot Court Competitions

Expand your legal knowledge

The participants in a Moot Court are confronted with a fictitious task under competitive conditions. This adds to the seriousness of the situation and it is intended to spur the students on to top performance.

Collect valuable practical experience

By cases in a competitive environment, you learn the legal text by heart and the correct applications.

Work with the best

By several preliminary rounds in several federal states you prove your negotiating skills and you can participate with your team in the final of the Moot Courts. At the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition and European Human Rights Moot Court Competition you can even represent your country internationally!

Prove your ability to work in a team, negotiate and organise

Moot Court negotiations are not only about the correct application of the legal text, but rather above all about organization. The right communication can decide between victory and defeat in negotiating a case.

Steppingstone for the future

Because of the supporting by various top law firms in Austria, this is of course also an opportunity for the students to present themselves. In addition, it offers the chambers the opportunity to get to know the working methods of the young lawyers.

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Train your soft skills

Organization, team management and negotiation skills are skills that should be mastered when you present yourself at a chambers. The Moot Court offers the perfect opportunity to acquire and train these skills.

Moot Court means “fictitious court” or ” fictitious negotiation”. Therefore a Moot Court is a fictitious competition consisting of a written and oral part. The teams, usually consisting of 3 participants and supervised by professors or chambers, are asked to write a pleading within a period of time. Two teams each compete against each other in the oral phase, in which they have to convince a selected jury of their respective points of view! On the one hand, you learn to express yourself by writing your own written pleadings in legal language and on the other hand, you can improve your rhetorical skills by pleading in front of audiences and experts! The Participation in a moot court, for example in a local round, a national final or an international moot court, enables students to gain valuable practical experience during their studies and to prepare for their future professional life!

M&A Contract Competition

ELSA Austria – Seal the deal

MACC is composed of the local rounds of the respective local universities and the Austrian national final. In the written phase, Team 1 is commissioned to draw up a Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) on a case prepared by the patron. After Team 1 has sent the SPA to Team 2 and the attending law firms, Team 2 has to write appropriate mark-ups and send them to Team 1 and the attending law firms in due time. In the oral phase the participants have to present their points of view to a selected jury and they also have to discuss and respond to the other side! The focus is particularly on the terms, which are also specified by the patron. The patron of this year’s edition is Lugger | Bankler Rechtsanwälte.

Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition

ELSA

The competition simulates legal negotiations with the support of a mediator. Students compete against each other by negotiating a series of real world legal problems based on the case of the Willem C. Vis Moot. The competition is focused on the students’ ability to utilize negotiation and mediation skills and strategies to successfully negotiate or mediate a settlement that best serves the needs of the parties. The simulation consists of a common set of facts known by all participants and confidential information known only to the participants representing a particular side. The competitors will be evaluated and provided feedback by skilled mediation and negotiation experts.

Cross Border Negotiation Challenge

ELSA

The #CBNCbyWT is all about the role negotiations play in today’s legal business and the practical skills you need as a lawyer. Law students from Austria and the Czech Republic will learn in mixed teams how our dispute resolution lawyers negotiate on a daily basis.

The #CBNCbyWT is substantive, skill-building and interactive, giving you the opportunity to learn from WT lawyers and benefit from their experience. At the same time, you will work on a real- life case scenario involving foreign jurisdictions and learn how to collaborate with international colleagues by taking on the role of a legal counsel. In the name of the #CBNCbyWT, our jury of legal experts will declare one team as winner.

The practice-oriented and client focused approach makes the #CBNCbyWT unique.

Cartel law Moot Court

ELSA Austria

In a Cartel law Moot Court compete the teams – consisting of three students – from all over Austria against each other in a written and oral competition. In this moot court the teams are also assisted of partner law firms in the preparation for pleadings and for the oral proceedings. The oral proceedings are in front of a selected jury.

European Human Rights Moot Court

ELSA

At the EHRMCC, participants from over 80 European universities take part in a simulated proceeding in front of the European Court of Human Rights. The teams, which are normally made up of 3 students, have to deal with violations of the European Convention on Human Rights in their pleadings. After the teams have proved their worth in the Regional Rounds, the best 18 teams will be allowed to make an oral plea at the Council of Europe’s premises in Strasbourg! The winning team will get the opportunity to do an internship at the European Court of Human Rights or the Council of Europe!

The moot court is hold in english and provides the participants the chance to exchange with students from other european universities.

Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition

Vienna International Arbitration Center

The competition simulates legal negotiations with the support of a mediator. Students compete against each other by negotiating a series of real world legal problems based on the case of the Willem C. Vis Moot. The competition is focused on the students’ ability to utilize negotiation and mediation skills and strategies to successfully negotiate or mediate a settlement that best serves the needs of the parties. The simulation consists of a common set of facts known by all participants and confidential information known only to the participants representing a particular side. The competitors will be evaluated and provided feedback by skilled mediation and negotiation experts.