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On Friday 10 June, a team consisting of AUC students Emre Erciyes and Nethra Karnala Prathap were named the Best Lawyer Team at the Amsterdam Law Trials moot court competition. In addition to the winning team, AUC student Esme Smithson Swain made it to the finals as a judge.

AUC students winning ALT 2022-2023
Photo by Chris van Houts

Moot court competition of Amsterdam universities

The Amsterdam Law Trials (ALT) is a four-month moot court competition that sees students from various area universities partaking in simulated court proceedings. Teams this year consisted of undergraduate students from the law tracks of AUC, PPLE, the UvA and VU law honours programmes, and ULC (Utrecht Law College). For the first time, AUC students participated in a joint team with VU law students as part of a new collaboration between AUC and VU.

ALT participants take on the roles of student-lawyers (in small teams) or student-judges (individually) in civil cases. The students from each of the universities are coached and guided by representatives from Amsterdam-based law firms, and judges from the Amsterdam District Court and Amsterdam Court of Appeal. The proceedings are conducted in English, abiding by Dutch law and are judged by international rules of moot court procedure.

Photo by Chris van Houts

Final competition at the Singelkerk

The final competition took place on Friday 10 June at the Singelkerk in Amsterdam. After a long process, it was decided that the AUC /VU team including Emre Erciyes and Nethra Karnala Prathap (both AUC students), was the Best Lawyer Team, winning their case. For their efforts, each team member was awarded 1200 EUR to use towards pursuing a Master’s degree in Law, provided by Boom Juridische Uitgevers. Also of note was that AUC student Esme Smithson Swain made it to the finals as a judge.

Photo by Chris van Houts

Amsterdam Law Trials 2022-2023

AUC would like to congratulate all of the students who participated in the Amsterdam Law Trials this year. Recruitment for next year’s ALT will begin in November 2022. Upon full completion, participating in the ALT is recognised with 3 ECs on an AUC student’s transcript as an off-campus VU course (though it is outside of their 180 ECs required to graduate). While AUC’s Moot Court Lab is not a pre-requisite for ALT participation, it can provide ideal preparation. For questions about the Amsterdam Law Trials or Pre-Law track at AUC, please contact Thijs Etty.