The 22nd annual Central and Eastern European Moot Court Competition (CEEMC) took place this year in the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, 29 April – 2 May. The representatives of Lithuania were students of Vilnius University – Ana Kazanceva, Gintautė Neverauskaite, Meda Alesiūtė, Paulius Vaitkevičius.
CEEMC is the moot court competition of European Court of Justice organized by the British Law Centre in conjunction with one of the world’s largest law firms Clifford Chance. The competition involves teams of law students from a number of universities from Central and Eastern Europe. Participants analyse problematic aspects of the EU law in a fictitious case taking place under the preliminary ruling procedure/ in a fictitious preliminary ruling case/ in a fictitious case under the preliminary ruling procedure/ in a fictitious case referred for a preliminary ruling. One of the main objectives of the competition is to deepen the knowledge of students, who come from the new European Union member states or the non-member states, in the areas of interpretation and application of the EU law.
The competition consists of two parts: written and oral. At first, the team has to prepare and submit their written arguments. Whereas, the second stage of the competition is dedicated to the moot court oral argument. The team of the Faculty of Law of Vilnius University has shown excellent results in the first stage and won the right to continue their performance in the competition among the top selected universities. After having performed in the moot court, a member of the team of the Faculty of Law of Vilnius University Ana Kazanceva was nominated among the eight participants that demonstrated exceptionally good public speaking skills.
Under the jury verdict, the winners became the Czech team from Charles University of Prague.