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Kiev students win 2017 Human Rights competition

17/02/17Education

Students from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine, have won the fifth  European Moot Court Competition on the European Convention on Human Rights.

Beating teams from Sofia University, Bulgaria, in the final round and a team from University of Cambridge, UK, in the semi final, Oleh Dykyi won the prize for best orator.

The final took place at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, yesterday (16 February) before a  jury of prominent figures including judges of the Court and senior Council of Europe officials.

The jury was chaired by Georgios Serghides, judge at the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of Cyprus.

Twenty university teams from fifteen countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine and United Kingdom) competed in a fictive case regarding the balance between individual rights and national security.

The winning team is awarded a traineeship at the court.

The Moot Court Competition targets the lawyers or judges of the future, offering practical experience on the implementations of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The competition is organised by the European Law Students Association, an independent non-profit organisation representing 50,000 students, with the support of the Council of Europe.

Several countries from the Council of Europe have financially contributed to the organisation of this competition, in particular Cyprus, the current Chair of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, the United Kingdom and Turkey.

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