Columbia Law School Hosts European Law Moot Court Regional Final

The Law School Welcomed 12 Schools from Around the World for Annual Competition; Two Teams from Morningside Heights Will Compete in Germany and the Czech Republic Later this Month

New York, February 12, 2015—Columbia Law School welcomed teams from 12 U.S. and European law schools for a European Law Moot Court Regional Final Feb. 5-7, hosting competitors and academic and practitioner judges from eighteen countries.

The European Law Moot Court Society holds four regional finals annually. Later this month, Columbia Law School is sending two teams to compete in regional tournaments in Prague, Czech Republic and Bremen, Germany, and another final is being hosted in Pisa, Italy.
Kathleen L. Benner ’15 and Chance Goldberg ’15 served as Masters of the Moot for the regional competition at Columbia Law School, helping to organize the event for all participants. The schedule of events included a reception at the U.N. featuring welcoming remarks from Gerton van den Akker, a member of the EU delegation. Columbia Law School Professor Philip M. Genty, director of the Moot Court Program, addressed the competitors before Saturday’s final round.

The case for the 2015 competition involved questions of what constitutes state aid under the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Maastricht University and European University Institute advanced to the European Law Moot Court finals, which will be held at The Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg in April.
The law schools participating in the regional final at Columbia Law School were: ULB Bruxelles, Heidelberg University, University of Lucerne, HEC Paris, Leiden University, University of Mannheim, European University Institute, Stockholm University, Maastricht University, Lund University, Charles University, and American University.