Businet Moot Court

"An extraordinary experience to enhance your pleading and presentation skills..."

 

2022 - 6th edition

Moot what...?

Target Group

28-31 March 2022

Madrid

in cooperation with
Universidad Villanueva

 


Go to:
BMC 2022

A moot court is an extra curricular activity in which Law students take part in simulated court proceedings, which usually involves drafting briefs (or memorials) and oral argumentation. The term derives from Anglo-Saxon times, when a "moot" was a gathering of prominent men in a locality to discuss matters of local importance.

The modern activity differs from a mock trial, as moot court usually refers to a simulated appellate court or arbitral case, while a mock trial usually refers to a simulated jury trial or bench trial.

A Moot court does not involve actual testimony by witnesses, cross-examination, or the presentation of evidence, but is focused solely on the application of the law to a common set of evidential assumptions to which the competition must be introduced.

 

All Bachelor students from Law schools, Law faculties, and institutions offering a Bachelor in Law course or an international Bachelor of Law-related degree program (including postgraduate) with a sufficient knowledge of EU-Law and a good knowledge of the English language (B1 or higher) are eligible to participate.

 


The BMC competition is divided in 2 rounds:  a written round and an oral round

The written round

  • starts with the publication of the case to be solved.  See BMC 2022.
  • Participating teams have to write a conclusion on a case that is based on EU legislation.
    • The written conclusion contains 2 different viewpoints: the applicant and the defendant.
    • During the written round teams can use all means and sources necessary to solve the case.

The oral rounds

  • will take place in Madrid from 28 March till 1 April 2022 and consists of 2 stages: a group stages followed by the knockout stage.
  • In the group stage, max 10 teams compete within 2 groups. Each group plays a round-robin tournament, in which each team is scheduled for battles against other teams in the same group.
  • The knockout stage is a single-elimination tournament in which teams play each other in one-off matches.
    These are followed by the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, and the grand-final.

 

 

A Coach

"...an individual who at any time during the Competition has responsibility for organizing, advising, or training a Team." (Art 1 BMC Rules)

A Referee

"...an individual determined as eligible by the administrator to be seated in a Judging Panel in order to conduct and evaluate any battle during the Competition Stage of the Oral Rounds." (Art 1 BMC Rules)

A Juror

"...an individual determined as eligible by the administrator to be seated in a Judging Panel in order to preside, conduct and evaluate a battle during the Knock-out Stage of the Oral Rounds." (Art 1 BMC Rules)

He or she:

  • helps his/her team to prepare the pleadings;
  • can help and guide his/her team in between the pleadings;
  • is not allowed to help his/her team during the pleadings;
  • is competent in legal research & methodology and in EU law.

Teams that do not appoint a referee will be dismissed without reimbursement!

A referee should:

  • have an operational knowledge of the English language (minimum B2);
  • be a Master in Law or a similar degree;

  • be able to evaluate and judge the proceedings and pleadings.

  • He or she can also  function as a coach.

Jurors are appointed by the Administrator and the Co-organizing partner institution.

He/she should:

  • not be involved in any of hte teams;

  • have an operational knowledge of the English language (minimum B2);

  • be a Master in Law or a similar degree;

  • be able to evaluate and judge the proceedings and pleadings.

 

 

Report
online Businet Moot Court 2021

From 22 to 25 March, 6 teams of the Businet partners Universidad Villanueva-Madrid, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin, UAS Gent, University College Leuven, Swiss School of Management Rome and UAS Utrecht, participated to the fifth edition of the Businet Moot Court. 
Businet is happy that the Law Group chairs create this wonderful international learning environment!

The participants to a Moot Court take part in simulated court proceedings, which involves, amongst others, drafting briefs and building up an oral argumentation. A Moot Court differs from a mock trial that  usually refers to a simulated jury trial or bench trial. Hence, a Moot court does not involve actual testimony by witnesses, cross-examination, or the presentation of evidence, but focuses solely on the application of the law to a common set of evidential assumptions to which the competition must be introduced.

After the competition stage HTW-Berlin, HoGent, UAS-Utrecht and UCLL proceeded to the semi-finals of the knock-out stage. In a suspenseful Grand Finale between HoGent and UCLL, the UCLL team was announced as the winner of this 5th BMC edition.

As one of the participating students noticed: “This has been a unique experience, a great opportunity to practice our pleading skills and for that I would like to give many thanks to the Businet network for giving us that chance. A huge thank you to Nico Nijsten and Imke Smulders for their great work, the judges Ingeborg Kühling-Garfield and John Ellison, the coaches and all other teams!”

In a grandiloquent statement it was declared that

Following a 5-day process, during which 6 resolute ensembles,
representing their illustrious institutions,
did demonstrate persistence by engaging in 9 onerous legal battles.

The referees and judges displaying boundless wisdom,
and acting on behalf of - and under the auspices of the Businet Law Group
were able to determine and declare one ultimate champion team
from the magnificent body of challengers.

The outcome of this memorable competitive event is that
from today, 26 March 2021 and hereafter

the team of University College Leuven shall henceforth be known and addressed as
the Businet Moot Court Leading Counsel 2021

Quod erat Demonstrandum! (what was to be demonstrated)

 

 

 

Remarks or Information: N. Nijsten