In September 2021, a group of six students of the Master International and European Union Law (IEUL) signed up for the prestigious European Law Moot Court competition. Under the coordination of Nadja Pouls and Marie Vrielink, they worked for months on an interesting and difficult case which combined European competition law, labour law and the freedom to provide services.
During the first phase of the competition, the students had to study and understand legal fields that were completely new to them. They quickly gained in-depth knowledge about European competition law, labour law and the freedom to provide services.
Two months after handing in the written pleadings, the students were informed in January 2022 that they went through to the ELMC Regional Final round (the oral pleadings).
During the Regional Final in Madrid (hosted by the Private Universidad San Pablo CEU between 24-26 March 2022), the IEUL master students competed against students from other universities from Europe and worldwide, being faced with a bench of judges who asked complicated and unexpected questions. It was a challenging but an amazing experience from which the participating IEUL master students learned a lot about presenting legal arguments in a convincing and well-structured manner. It was also a great opportunity to meet people from other universities from all over the world who share an interest in European Union law.
Throughout the process, the students did not only gain more knowledge about European Union law, but they also learned how to work together despite different communication styles. They gained valuable skills for their future careers and can be proud a great accomplishment.