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Leiden student team in the final of Helga Pederson Moot Court Competition

A team of four Leiden master's students has qualified for the final of the prestigious Helga Pederson Moot Court Competition 2022. This final will take place in May at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

From left to right: Charlie Bennett, Hannah van Hooft, Alexandra Marsek, and Swetha Sethubaskaran. Photo: Colinda van Drunen

The four students, Charlie Bennett (LL.M. European Law), Hannah van Hooft (LL.M. Public International Law LL.M), Alexandra Marsek (LL.M. European Law) and Swetha Sethubaskaran (LL.M. Public International Law) started the international competition at the end of last year. The Leiden team were given some very helpful guidance and presentation advice by Professor Rick Lawson.

The first round consisted of a written assignment and a regional oral round. This was successfully completed by the Leiden students, which qualified them for the final round together with 17 other teams. This final round will take place from 9 to 13 May 2022 before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

It is only the second time that a Leiden team has participated in the Helga Pederson Moot Court Competition. In the international competition for students, cases of the European Court of Human Rights are simulated. It offers students a unique opportunity to see how things work in practice at the European Court of Human Rights.

The Europa Institute supports the Leiden team financially thanks to the Wesseling Fund. This fund has been supporting the institute for some time by facilitating the annual study trip to Strasbourg/Luxembourg/Brussels, among other.

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