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European Law Moot Court Success: Best Advocate General

On 10 July 2020, the final of the European Law Moot Court Competition took place online before an impressive line-up of academics and practitioners of EU law.

Shubhanyu Singh, student of the Advanced LL.M. in European and International Business Law at Leiden Law School won the prestigious prize as the best Advocate General in the competition. In addition, one of the four semi-finalist teams in this all-European Final was the Leiden team composed of Karst Vriesendorp, David Hamburger, Francesca Forsythe from the LL.M in European Union Law and Chehak Khajuria from the Advanced LL.M European and International Business Law. They had secured a place in the all-European final after their triumph in the regional final that took place on 6-7 March at the University of Ghent.

Shubhanyu Singh secured himself a place at the all-European final after winning as best Advocate General in the regional final hosted by the University of Lisbon on 7-8 February 2020. In the same regional, his teammates, Claire Jagau from the LL.M in European Law and Natalia Hernandez student of the Advanced LL.M in European and International Business Law competed in the semi-final delivering excellent performances. This year clearly marks an amazing success for Leiden University in the European Law Moot Court Competition.

Apart from these excellent results, the University hosted one of the Regional Finals in February 2020.

The European Law Moot Court Competition is the most prestigious moot court competition in the field of European Union Law. This year’s case concerned issues of religious slaughter, Member State discretion regarding standard times as well as legal issues deriving from the equation of third countries with EU Member States. 

Even though the Final took place online, it did not take away from the enthusiasm and excitement of the students. Our Leiden team sadly missed out a place in the all-European final – which was ultimately won by the University of Leuven – yet, our student Shubhanyu Singh repeated history for Leiden Law School. Previous trophies for Leiden Law School include Best Team (2013), Best Written Memorials (2015), Best Advocate General (2016).  

This year’s teams were coached by Timothy Roes, Darinka Piqani, Barbora Budinska and Veronika Yefremova. Congratulations once again to both teams!

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