Students of the Institute of Economics and Law are Finalists of the Moot Court Contest in English in Saint Petersburg!
Students of the Institute of Economics and Law studying on the program “Law” took part in Moot Courts in Saint Petersburg.
The “Amicus Curiae Moot Court” is a student contest that helps practice skills of court cases analysis, line of argument, public speaking, and master proficiency in the English language. A team of the Institute of Economics and Law has been training for the finals for several weeks.
“Amicus Curiae” is a student model of the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court. The contest is held since 2009 within the international project “Amicus Curiae: professional development of a new generation of lawyers”. The finals held in Saint Petersburg convened four best teams from different universities of Northwestern Russia, including PetrSU: National Research University Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg, Northern (Arctic) Federal University, and Pskov State University.
On May 16-17 the 1st and the 2nd year students of the Institute of Economics and Law studying on the “Law” program consisting of 6 people (Anna Kibroeva, Elizaveta Tibueva, Alik Zelenkov, Polina Chernova, Daria Fedotova, and Anton Mitin) took part in moot courts in Saint Petersburg. The contestants had to deliver a speech according to his or her role and answer judges’ questions.
One member of the team had to perform at the stage “Rebuttal” to produce counter-evidence for the opposing team.
The judges of the contest were the former chief justice of the Netherlands Geert Corstens, acting Russian lawyers and teachers. At the joint meeting, Geert Corstens delivered a lecture on the supremacy of law and discussed with lawyers of Saint Petersburg and the participants of the contest issues of legal precedents of the Netherlands and Russia.
At the end of the final round, PetrSU students took second place among teams. Two students of the Institute of Economics and Law made it to the superfinal! At this stage, Anton Mitin and Polina Chernova achieved a victory over the prosecuting team and together won the second place in the individual ranking.
The victory of our students was possible thanks to their motivation, perseverance in training and improving their professional skills. They have been assisted in preparation by the teachers of the Institute of Economics and Law and the Institute of Foreign Languages: Candidate of Juridical Sciences Aleksandr Larichev, Candidate of Juridical Sciences Anna Ukhanova, Candidate of Pedagogic Sciences Elena Shishmolina, Candidate of Juridical Sciences Svetlana Golenok, and Doctor of Philological Sciences Irina Abramova.