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A UvA student team has succesfully managed to qualify for the prestigious ‘Monroe Price Media Law Moot Court Competition’. This international moot court in the area of media law will take place from 30 March to 2 April at the University of Oxford.

Price Moot Court team 2016
The participating team

Every year, teams from across the world participate in the Monroe Price Media Law Competition, or Price Moot in short. This year’s edition marks the first time that students from the UvA have managed to qualify for the competition. The Netherlands will be represented in the international rounds by Jennifer Crama, Dafne de Boer, Berber van der Wansem and Tim Groot, Master’s students in Information Law at the UvA. The team is being coached by Willem F. Korthals Altes, senior judge at the Court of Amsterdam and a former lecturer and researcher at the UvA’s Institute for Information Law.

Korthals Altes: ‘The Netherlands doesn’t have a strong tradition in moot competitions and debating. It is quite special that a UvA team is taking part for the first time in this prestigious Moot Court. The four students are participating in the Price Moot as an extracurricular activity alongside their Master’s in Information Law. It requires a lot of preparation and the final round will take place during the exam period. But for them it offers a unique experience to plead in front of a large international public.’

Competition case

The aim of the competition is to get participants to immerse themselves in all aspects of media law, including, more particularly, freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The provisions of various international treaties (EVRM, BuPo, Universal Declaration of Human Rights) as well as the ensuing rulings from competent courts may be used to support their arguments. The competition case includes several such rulings, which gives it a contemporary relevance.

The teams are firstly required to write down the views of both parties in the form of memorials before going ahead and defending these in the oral pleadings. This means they need to properly put forth their positions as applicant and respondent. The memorials will be graded primarily for their legal argumentation.