VLS Victor at EU Moot Court

Jared Martin, VLS '13, with winners' trophy for the European Law Moot Court Competition

Jared Martin ’13 took Europe by storm as part of the University of Leiden Law School team that won the prestigious European Law Moot Court Competition at the Court of Justice of the European Union. This is the first time that a team from Leiden Law School has won the competition. Martin, who was studying at the University of Leiden as part of VLS’s J.D./LL.M. International Studies Program, was the only American law student to participate in the Finals.

During the final, which took place in early April in the grand chamber of the EU Court in Luxemburg, the Leiden team competed against students from Berlin (FU), Aix en Provence, and Leuven (KU), with participants arguing before nine judges of the EU Court. In addition to Martin, the winning team included Caroline Franquet, Liesbeth Fierens, and Henry Nelen. All are students of Leiden’s Advanced LL.M. program in European and International Business Law.

The European Law Moot Court competition is the most prestigious moot court in the field of European Law. Each year, students from around 100 law schools worldwide participate in solving a fictional case about EU law in a written and oral phase of the competition. Both written and oral submissions in this moot court are presented in English and French.

This year’s competition focused on how to best solve conflicts of EU and national law in the area of competition law; the case can be found here.  2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the competition.

Jared Martin and Teammates Celebrating their Win