Persuasive Argumentation Exercise (Moot Court)

Term: 
Spring
Credits: 
1.0
Course Description: 

The course provides a unique opportunity for students to put their theoretical knowledge into practice and work on a case based on true facts under the European Convention on Human Rights. Students in the class are divided into two teams: one writing and arguing for the applicant, and the other defending the government. Teams work with external trainers with considerable experience in litigation before the European Court of Human Rights. The course ends with a final hearing in front of a panel of three 'judges' consisting of faculty members or external experts. The course is restricted to 10 students.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Ability to use cases and precedents in legal reasoning – advanced level.
  • Ability to plead a case before a court/jury.
  • Ability to benefit from a substantial knowledge of human rights law and protection mechanisms on the supranational level – advanced level.
  • Ability to provide genuine solutions to complex constitutional and human rights problems using comparative arguments.
  • Ability to benefit from a substantial understanding of the institutional and procedural framework of human rights enforcement – advanced level.
  • Ability to use legal reasoning – advanced level.
  • Ability to use cases and precedents in legal reasoning – basic level.
  • Ability to thinking critically at an advanced level.
Assessment: 

The course is graded as Pass/Fail.