BC hosts regional European Law Moot Court Competition

Issue March 2006

B.C. Law School Professor Thomas J. Carey Jr., center, his wife Ann (second from left), and moot court participants at the closing celebration sponsored by the MBA.
Members of the University of Cologne team won the regional round held in Boston.
The MBA welcomed the European Union Law Moot Court Society to Boston for the only American regional round of this international competition. Hosted by Boston College Law School and professor Thomas J. Carey Jr., approximately 80 students, scholars, practitioners of European Union Law and European Union officials participated.

The competition, now in its 16th year, has become the second-largest moot court competition in the world. Elite students from Europe and the United States simulated arguments in the European Court of Justice, with the arguments conducted in both English and French.

Teams from Ireland, England, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Switzerland and Cambridge, Mass. competed, with the University of Cologne, Germany winning the regional round.

At the end of March, the winning team proceeds to the finals in Luxembourg, where they will present before the European Court of Justice.

The preliminary rounds of oral argument took place at Boston College Law School all day on Friday, Feb. 10 and were followed by a reception at Barat House on the law school campus. The semifinal arguments were held the morning of Saturday, Feb. 11, at the historic John Adams Courthouse in Boston’s Pemberton Square. The final argument was held in the Supreme Judicial courtroom.

The MBA co-sponsored the event and hosted a celebration and farewell dinner for the judges and competitors on Saturday evening.