Boston University School of Law

Professors Caruso and di Robilant bring European Moot Court to BU Law

Karolina Mojzescowicz, Joao Paulo Teixeira Matos and Professor Daniela Caruso
European Moot Court Students at Welcome Reception
Joao Paulo Teixeira Matos, Peter Gjortler and Nacho Roa Ruiz

During the last weekend in February, BU Law was transformed into a European courtroom. International students, lawyers and judges gathered at the School for the prestigious European Moot Court Competition. BU Law, selected as the host school for one of four regional finals across the globe, housed twelve teams from universities across Europe, each comprised of a diverse group of law students. In traditional moot style, students prepared written pleadings with respect to a problem of European law. They then presented their arguments, in both English and French, in oral proceedings before the Court of Justice. Winners of the BU Law portion of the competition went on to compete in Luxembourg, the site of the European Court of Justice.

At the center of the event, BU Law Professor Daniela Caruso served as a catalyst for bringing the European Moot Court Competition to BU Law. “Hosting the EU moot court was a way to reach out to a broader community, including alumni engaged in the practice of European Law,” said Caruso.

Working as a competition judge, along with fellow BU Law professor Anna di Robilant, Professor Caruso helped welcome several international judges, including BU Law alumna Justine Pasniewski ('05), currently an associate at Clearly Gottlieb in New York. Other judges presiding over the competition were Peter Gjortler, Karolina Mojzescowicz, Joao Paulo Teixeira Matos, Caroline Hughes, Fenanda Nicola, Vlad Perju and Francesca Strumia.

“At a point in time in which successful international diplomacy depends so heavily on transatlantic relations, it is important for BU Law to signal its sustained interest in European Law matters,” said Professor Caruso. “The moot court allowed us to do exactly that, in a way that combined intense substance with great form.”


Reported by Sara Gelston
Photo credit: Sara Gelston