Edinburgh Law School Participates in the European Law Moot Court Competition 2009/2010

Four LLM students from Edinburgh Law School have participated in this year's European Law Moot Court competition and were selected for the regional finals at the European University Institute in Florence in February.  

Four LLM students from Edinburgh Law School have participated in this year's European Law Moot Court competition and were selected for the regional finals at the European University Institute in Florence in February.  

The multi-national team members, Vala Eggertsdottir, Alice Molino and Brad Olsen originate from Iceland, Italy and the US respectively.  The team was coached by a doctoral research student in the school, Sandra Keegan.  The "case" developed for use in the competition raised key legal issues which were quite topical and yet legally unresolved at the European level.  Success in the competition depends on the students' oral and written advocacy skills, on the one hand, and their understanding of Union law on the other, where only some aspects of the hypothetical case are 
unequivocally resolved by judicial precedents.  

This year's competition innovatively combined issues of possible State liability for failure of a guarantee fund under the Union Deposit Guarantee Directive 94/19/EC (as happened in Iceland) with the interpretation of the meaning of 'stable and regular' resources as applied to third country nationals under the Long Term Residents Directive 2003/109/EC. 

Added complications related to the level of administrative fees permissible under Union law as well as the legal effect of a bilateral treaty on free movement of third country nationals within the Union, and the interpretation of the relevant provisions of Union law.  Other participants and the competition organisers complimented the quality of the team from Edinburgh, which was most welcome, as it has been 
fifteen years since the Law School participated in the competition.  

The regional competition winner in Florence was the University of Zagreb who will compete in the finals in Luxembourg in April.