Columbia Earns Third Place in European Union Law Moot Court

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April 8, 2008 (NEW YORK) – Columbia Law School placed third in the European Law Moot Court (ELMC) tournament, whose final arguments took place before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg from April 3-4, 2008. Representing Columbia were students Aravind Ganesh ’08, Alexander Lawrence ’10, Tomas Samulevicius ’08 LL.M. and Sandy Wirtz ’09.

Columbia Law School was the only team from the United States to make the final competition. The three other competing teams were the College of Europe (Bruges), Zagreb University and Heidelberg University. The four finalists had prevailed in multi-round regional competitions among 48 teams, which were culled from an even larger pool that submitted ELMC briefs in November 2007.

Ganesh, randomly selected in the final competition to represent the Columbia Law School team, argued before Judges Marko Ilešič and Aindrias Ó Caoimh of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and Nicholas James Forwood of the Court of First Instance, an independent court attached to the ECJ.


(Left to right): Aravind Ganesh, Tomas Samulevicius, faculty advisor
Professor George Bermann, Alexander Lawrence and 
Sandy Wirtz at
the European Law Moot Court finals in Luxembourg


(Left to right) Wirtz, Ganesh, Lawrence and Samulevicius in required
robes at the European Court of Justice

Columbia Law School's Moot Court Program is made possible by the generous support of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP.

More information about the ELMC and Columbia’s victory at regionals is available at

ELMC, founded in 1988, is the second largest international moot court competition in the world, and considered the most prestigious in Europe. A case addressing a problem of European law is set each year under the auspices of the European Law Moot Court Society.

Columbia Law School, founded in 1858, stands at the forefront of legal education and of the law in a global society. Columbia Law School joins traditional strengths in international and comparative law, constitutional law, administrative law, business law and human rights law with pioneering work in the areas of intellectual property, digital technology, sexuality and gender, and criminal law.