In the first part of the competition, the participants write attorney briefs for the plaintiff and the defendant party. The 48 teams with the best written submissions are invited to participate in hearings in the regional finals, which are held in four sessions and take place in different places in Europe and sometimes in the United States. The winners of the four regional finals then compete against each other in the All-European Final in Luxemburg. Excellent foreign language skills are required, as the ELMC is held in English and French.
The team from Freie Universität was able to assert itself in Leiden throughout three rounds of competition from strong competitors from all over Europe. The members of the teams were required to demonstrate their legal and linguistic abilities. Making a professional as well as friendly impression was also an important aspect. The participants had to present their positions, respond to critical questions from the judges, and assert themselves against the arguments of the opposing side.
On April 12 the team from Dahlem and its academic supervisors will travel to Luxembourg to represent Freie Universität Berlin at the simulation of the European Court of Justice.