3rd Edition (2018)


The Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana will host the 3rd edition of the All-European International Humanitarian and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition from 20 – 24 November 2018. 


-   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. Before each round teams received additional facts and were allocated roles that they had to present before the judges. Teams had limited time to prepare for each pleading.  

The preliminary and quarter-final rounds 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, and international refugee law.

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 fundamental issues of international criminal law.

17 teams from 11 different countries participated at the competition: Comenius University (Slovakia), Goce Delčev University (FYR Macedonia), Haxhi Zeka University (Kosovo), Istanbul Centre of International Law (Turkey), Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Georgia), Military Academy “General Mihailo Apostolski” – Skopje (FYR Macedonia), Pavol Jozef Šafarik University (Slovakia), Pazmany Peter Catholic University (Hungary), SS. Cyril and Methodius University (FYR Macedonia), Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), University of Belgrade (Serbia), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), University of New York – Tirana (Albania), University of Pristina (Kosovo), University of Silesia (Poland), University of Tirana (Albania) and University of Vienna (Austria).

8 teams from Comenius University (Slovakia), Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Georgia), Pazmany Peter Catholic University (Hungary), Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), University of Belgrade (Serbia), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), University of Silesia (Poland), University of Vienna (Austria) reached the quarter-final round.

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

The Winning Team: Comenius University

The Runner-Up Team: Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

The Best Oralist of the Competition: Kaja Smolnikar (University of Ljubljana)

The Best Oralist of the Final Round: Jana Brezovicova (Comenius University)

Before the commencement of the Competition a Regional Meeting of University Professors of International Humanitarian Law from the Central and South-Eastern Europe and Meeting of Professors of International Refugee Law and International Humanitarian Law took place. Moreover, teams were invited to attend the International Conference Migration and Displacement: Complementarity and Gaps in Legal Protection. Panellists at the conference were professors from different European Universities and representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross who addressed issues of legal frameworks for protecting migrants, refugees and IDPs, and protection of migrants and refugees in transit.   

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, and the Slovenian Red Cross.