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EEA Moot Court Advanced

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeJUS330-A-B
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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ECTS Credits

5 ECTS credits

Level of Study

Master

Bachelor

Full-time/Part-time

Full time

Teaching semester

Autum

Place of Instruction

Primarily Faculty of Law, UiB

Objectives and Content

This course builds directly on JUS330-A-a EEA Moot Court Preliminary, and is open to students who represent the University of Bergen in the international finals of the EFTA Surveillance Authority¿s (ESA) annual EEA Law Moot Court Competition.

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 team coaching sessions, this course will look to further develop students¿ written and oral advocacy skills prior to the international finals.

Successful completion of JUS330-A-a EEA Moot Court Preliminary is a prerequisite for attending this course.

Students on the advanced course will be required to work together in teams to complete and submit briefs for the international finals on all of the questions in the case prepared by ESA for the competition, and moot as a team at the international finals before a panel of judges.

The coaching sessions on the course will primarily focus on honing the students¿ written and oral advocacy skills further through individual and/or team practice and feedback meetings.

Evaluation will be based on an assessment of the written team briefs by the Course Supervisor, and presentation of written confirmation (a diploma or the like) confirming that the student has taken part at the international finals.

Successful completion of the advanced course will be awarded 5 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 JUS330-A-a EEA Moot Court Preliminary these years will therefore be offered the chance to participate as part of a team in the international finals, and thereby qualify for 5 ECTS though this course.

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.

Learning Outcomes

 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 issues

- 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, the knowledge and skills attained through completion of the preliminary course, and the coaching sessions on the present course, directly in the submission of their written and oral pleadings which serve as the basis for their final assessment.

Required Previous Knowledge

JUS330-A-a EEA Moot Court Preliminary must have been successfully completed. At least 2 years of legal studies is strongly recommended.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

No previous knowledge or moot experience is required, although a basic understanding of EU and/or EEA law would be an advantage.

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

Grading Scale

Pass/Fail

Assessment Semester

Autum

Reading List

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)

Course Evaluation

According to Faculty routines

Programme Committee

Board of studies at the faculty of Law, UiB

Course Coordinator

Professor Christian Franklin

Course Administrator

Student affairs at the faculty of Law, UiB

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