AUC to participate in Amsterdam Law Trials for the first time

20 January 2017

This year, AUC will take part in the Amsterdam Law Trials (or ALT) for the first time. ALT is a four-month moot court competition between AUC, UvA-PPLE (Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics) and the Honours programmes of University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Moot court competition

Moot court competitions see students take part in a simulation of court proceedings. The goal is to have students act as lawyers or judges on a specific case. Teams of lawyers then prepare pleas to deliver in court, while the judges examine the case and submit a pre-written legal argument.

Participants advised by Amsterdam law firms 

In this preparation phase, the students receive assistance from judges from the Court of Amsterdam and lawyers from various firms in the area, including De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Spong Advocaten, Prakken d’Oliveira Human Rights Lawyers, Lemstra Van der Korst, Stibbe, Pijnenburg, Van der Woude De Graaf Advocaten and Hoyng Rokh Monegier.

17 AUC students competing 

From AUC, 17 students will be participating in the trials, which will be held at the Court of Amsterdam. From each competing institution, one team of lawyers and one judge will proceed to the finals, where they will compete for the grand prize of 1500 EUR each, which will be put toward studying a law degree. The finals will be held in the Singelkerk, with the Mayor of Amsterdam, Mr. Eberhard van der Laan, presiding over the chamber of judges.

AUC congratulates the participating students and wishes them the best of luck in their competition.

Published by  Amsterdam University College