2nd Edition (2017)


The Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana organised the 2nd edition of the All-European International Humanitarian and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition from 21 – 25 November 2017.


-  Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana,
-  Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia (Final Round).


The Moot Court Competition was based on the Case Study, providing for relevant facts of the case concerning a fictitious armed conflict. 

The preliminary phase of the Competition involved simulations of meetings between the parties to the conflict and various international organisations, as well as between other State and non-State actors. In this stage, competitors addressed topical issues in the field of international humanitarian law, e.g. nature of an armed conflict in the event of a proxy war and legality of the use of particular weaponry, and international refugee law, e.g. legality of the closure of borders and refugee status in the event of a civil war.

The semi-final and final rounds involved a simulation of the criminal proceedings before the International Criminal Court (one team acted as the Office of the Prosecutor, the other as the Defence Team), and thereby addressed also fundamental issues of international criminal law.

11 teams from 10 different countries participated (Czech Republic, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, The Netherlands, and Turkey).

Teams from Slovenia (University of Ljubljana), Poland (University of Silesia), Serbia (University of Belgrade), and Georgia (Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University) reached the semi-final rounds. The latter two teams reached the final round.

The Winning Team: Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

The Runner-Up Team: University of Belgrade

The Best Oralist of the Preliminary Rounds: Martyna Kasperska (University of Silesia)

The Best Oralist of the Final Round: Revaz Tkemaladze (Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University)

Before the commencement of the Competition, the teams were invited to attend the Roundtable on Current Challenges of International Humanitarian and Refugee Law, with the panellists from the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Additionally, the teams were invited to attend the Lecture on Pleading before the International Criminal Court, delivered by Ms Beti Hohler (ICC). 

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The organisation of the Competition would not be possible without the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Embassy of Switzerland in Slovenia, and the Slovenian Red Cross.