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For the First Time Ever, Moot Court Competition for Students at the Constitutional Court
On 19 June 2017, for the first time ever, before the Constitutional Court of Moldova (CCM) are competing law students from 8 universities of the country, within the Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. The final stage of the competition will take place on Friday, 23 June.
The CCM judge, Veaceslav Zaporojan welcomed the openness of the future lawyers to enter the competition, which is an innovation for Moldova. According to him, the competition is a proof that ”both the Constitutional Court of Moldova and the courts of law become crucial partners in getting closer to the growth strategy of the European Union ”Europe 2020” in stimulating and keeping up the development of law.”
The key-expert of the EU project ”Support for the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova,” Mamuka Jgenti stated that in the past years, in human rights field in Moldova major changes occurred due to the activity of CCM. In this regard, according to the expert, ”this competition is an exercise which is to open more possibilities to the contestants, in their capacity of future jurists and lawyers. Moreover, this becomes even more topical considering the opportunities to defend fundamental human rights by make use of exceptions of unconstitutionality before CCM, when you will be acting as litigants in courts of law, as barristers or judges.”
The 8 competing universities are representative for the entire country: The Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, The Free University of Moldova, The State University of Moldova, The University of European Political and Economic Studies ”Constantin Stere” from Chișinău, and The State University ”Alecu Russo” of Bălți, The State University ”Bogdan Petriceicu Hașdeu” of Cahul and The State University of Comrat.
This competition, carried out for the first time in Moldova, aims at granting students the possibility to apply in practice the theoretic knowledge acquired and to develop their skills as future lawyers before CCM.
Following the last stage of the competition, on Friday 23 June 2017, the competing teams will be awarded certificates and diplomas. The competition is carried out in cooperation with the EU project ”Support to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova.”