EEA Moot Court Preliminary
10 ECTS credits
Level of Study
Place of Instruction
Primarily Faculty of Law, UiB
Objectives and Content
This preliminary course aims to prepare students to take part in the EFTA Surveillance Authority¿s (ESA) annual EEA Law Moot Court Competition, where student teams from Icelandic and Norwegian universities act as advocates representing different parties in a fictional EEA law case.
The aim of the EEA Law Moot Court Competition is to reproduce, as closely as possible, the discussion and argument of the written and oral procedures before the EFTA Court, in a case usually focusing on internal market issues. Through a series of lectures and workshops, this course will therefore look to provide practical insights on how to write written submissions to the EFTA Court, and on oral advocacy skills.
All participants on the preliminary course will be required to write an individual paper (¿brief¿), focusing on a selection of questions in the case prepared by ESA for the EEA Law Moot Court Competition itself, and present their case orally to a panel of judges. Constructive feedback will be given on each student¿s written and oral performance.
Completion of this preliminary course is a prerequisite for representing the University of Bergen at the international finals of the EEA Law Moot Court Competition. No prior knowledge or mooting experience is required, but some basic knowledge of EU and/or EEA law would be an advantage.
Successful completion of the preliminary course will be awarded 10 ECTS, and is normally graded with pass/fail.
Specific information on selection for the international finals:
The venue for the international finals of the EEA Law Moot Court competition will usually alternate each year between Iceland and Norway. (E.g. in 2019, the finals were held in Iceland; in 2020, the finals will be held in Norway; in 2021, the finals will again take place in Iceland; and so on.)
When the finals are held in Norway, there will usually be no limit to the amount of students or teams that may take part on behalf of the University of Bergen. All students successfully completing the preliminary course these years will therefore be offered the chance to participate as part of a team in the international finals.
When the finals are held in Iceland, however, only one team consisting of up to five students will usually be allowed to take part from the University of Bergen. In these cases, the preliminary course will also act as an internal selection round to determine which students will be offered a place in the University of Bergen team. The selection of students for the team will in such cases be based primarily on the students¿ performances during the oral presentation of their case.
Students that represent the University of Bergen as part of a team at the international finals may be eligible to receive a further 5 ECTS ¿ for more information, see the course description for JUS330-A-b EEA Moot Court Advanced.
At the end of the course, the student will have gained:
- in-depth practical knowledge of substantive EU/EEA law, especially related to internal market law
- insight and training in researching, preparing and writing briefs for international courts
- insight and training in oral advocacy techniques
By the end of the course, the student will be able to:
- identify, systematize and formulate advanced EU/EEA legal issues and arguments, both in writing and orally
- conduct an independent analysis of advanced EU/EEA legal issues in a thorough, comprehensive and critical manner
- research, prepare and write briefs in English
- conduct oral submissions in English in connection with a procedure before an international court
By the end of the course, the student will generally be able to demonstrate the ability to:
- acquire new knowledge of a legal nature, both independently and working in a group
- discuss legal issues in the context of many different international legal sources, and have a sound methodological understanding of the particular arguments that different legal sources give rise to
- present legal analyses and conclusions, both in writing and orally
- present and argue their own legal assessments and conclusions
Students will be able to apply the skills and knowledge gained through their own reading and research, and the lectures and workshops on the course, directly in the submission of their written and oral pleadings which serve as the basis for their final assessment.
Required Previous Knowledge
No previous knowledge or moot experience is required, although a basic understanding of EU and/or EEA law would be an advantage.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
At least 2 years of legal studies is strongly recommended.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Overlaps with JUS330 Moot Court.
Access to the Course
The course is available for the following students:
- Admitted to the integrated master programme in law
- Admitted to the two-year master programme in law
- Granted additional right to study following completed master degree in law at UiB
- Exchange students at the Faculty of Law
The pre-requirements may still limit certain students' access to the course
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Participation in both parts of the asessement is a requirement to get graded in the course
Forms of Assessment
(1) A written brief, which the student will work on continuously for several weeks from publication of the moot court case until approximately one week prior to the oral procedure round.
(2) Performance at the oral procedure round itself.
Given that the course is pass/fail and not graded, the purpose of this dual assessment is to provide students with clear and constructive feedback on their written and oral performances.
The feedback for the brief will be provided in writing by the Course Supervisor.
The feedback from the oral procedure round will be provided by the judges who have heard the presentation, immediately following conclusion of the oral procedure round.
Examination Support Material
Not relevant for this course
The syllabus will be determined on a year-to-year basis, depending on the particular legal issues raised in the moot court case produced by the ESA.
The mandatory reading list will primarily consist of the bundle of documents prepared for each case by ESA itself, consisiting of various academic articles, case-law of the CJEU and EFTA Court, secondary EU/EEA measures, policy documents etc.
In addition, since the moot court case most years will tend to focus on internal market issues, use of various parts of the following two books will invariably be required:
C. Barnard, The Substantive Law of the EU (6th ed. OUP 2019)
H.H. Fredriksen et al (eds) Agreement on the European Economic Area - A Commentary (Nomos, Hart 2018)
According to Faculty routines
Board of studies at the faculty of Law, UiB
Professor Christian Franklin
Student affairs at the faculty of Law, UiB