The Team representing the NKUA Law School won the 2022 All-European International Humanitarian and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition!

Our team participated for the first time ever in this year’s All-European International Humanitarian and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition and, following a tight and exciting final round against the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, was unanimously ranked first!

The NKUA team was composed of Despoina Papadela (undergraduate student), Polyxeni Dimopoulou and Spyridon Leonis (postgraduate students at the LLM in International and European Law) under the guidance of Dr. Stavros Evdokimos Pantazopoulos. 

Polyxeni was also granted the award of the Best Oralist of the Final Round. The team members demonstrated their exceptional legal, role-playing, and public speaking skills throughout the various stages of this demanding Competition which they well-deservedly won.

The All-European International Humanitarian and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition is based on a Case Study which is carefully prepared by the organisers (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Law) in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and addresses the most topical questions relating to international humanitarian and refugee law, drawing on current situations. It is designed to encourage students to study and understand the fundamental concepts of international humanitarian and refugee law by addressing concrete legal problems and practice their legal argumentation in front of experienced judges and panel members.

The 7th edition of the prestigious All-European International Humanitarian and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition took place at the outstanding premises of the University of Ljubljana from the 15th to the 18th of November 2022. It was organized by the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana (Professor Vasilka Sancin) and supported by the ICRC, the UNHCR, and the Slovenian Red Cross.

The hospitality and the excellent organization of the Competition ensure the NKUA’s return next year. The NKUA team is grateful to Professor Vasilka Sancin and Dr. Maruša Veber for putting together such a fascinating Competition.

The NKUA team would further like to acknowledge and warmly thank the ICRC Athens Delegation for its constant care and tireless efforts. Without its indispensable support, it would be impossible for our team to participate in the Competition. 

Our deep appreciation goes to the academic staff of the Department of International Studies, Law School, NKUA that encouraged our team’s participation in the first place, and to the administrative staff of the Law School, NKUA that helped us immensely throughout our preparation.