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GIP9087960, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
LAW (Ord. 2017)
GI0270, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination EUROPEAN LAW MOOT COURT COMPETITION
Department of reference Department of Public, International and Community Law
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge BERNARDO CORTESE IUS/13

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines IUS/14 European Union Law 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 23/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 A.A. 2019/20 sede di Padova 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 CORTESE BERNARDO (Presidente)
CHIARETTO ELISA (Membro Effettivo)
ROSANO' ALESSANDRO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: You should have a good knowledge of the bases of EU Law. You are however not formally required to have passed an EU Law institutional class' examination either in Padova, or in an exchange program, or in your home university (for incoming exchange students).
Having previous knowledges of the EU litigation system is also a meaningful substantial requirement, but again you need not having previously passed the exam of a corresponding class either in Padova, or in an exchange program, or in your home university (for incoming exchange students).
Very good command of English is a substantial requirement: the course aims at enabling the participation of students to the European Law Moot Court Competition (ELMC), which is essentially an English speaking competition. Teams and individuals participating in the ELMC are granted additional points if they can also defend their case in French, so command of French would be a plus. As for substantive requirements, linguistic ones are not formal requirements, just meaningful practical requirements.
Incoming Erasmus (or other exchange programs') students are warmly invited to participate in the course. Unipd students having an Erasmus experience abroad are also particularly welcomed.
The classes might be held both in English and Italian.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at enabling the participation of students to the European Law Moot Court Competition (ELMC). One or two teams might be set up to this end.
We'll deal with the annual ELMC case. Therefore, we'll get the knowledge, skills and competences required to fully understand the preliminary reference mechanism, including the different roles of the parties of the national judicial procedure from which the reference originates, and the roles of the main actors in the procedure before the ECJ. We'll learn how to build the written memories to be submitted to the ECJ, and how to defend our legal arguments in the oral hearing. At the same time, we'll deepen our knowledge of the relevant subject matter of the actual ELMC case.
Acquiring teamwork abilities will be an essential part of your work.
Examination methods: The course is a kind of a legal clinic, practice oriented exercise. Students will first of all be assessed by taking into account their active participation in the classes; their capacity of exposing their party's legal argumentations in a collective written pleading will also be assessed, as well as their capacity to defend their positions and discuss the wider legal framework in mock hearings exercises. External evaluation will take place in the written submission phase. Students getting admitted to semifinals and finals will of course be particularly rewarded, including in relationship with their individual performances in oral hearings.
Assessment criteria: Active participation in the preparation classes, involving the capacity to single out and discuss issues relevant for the actual ELMC case; readiness to react to suggestions and questions raised by the chair, as well as to critically but positively interact with peers
Effective teamwork in dealing with complex legal issues
Appropriate use of legal terminology, both in the written and in the oral pleadings
Capacity to develop a legal pleading fitting with the main features and raison d'ĂȘtre of the preliminary ruling procedure, and taking into account the different roles of the main actors involved therein
Course unit contents: The reference for a preliminary ruling as a legal remedy and its procedural rules before the ECJ
Issues raised by the annual ELMC competition case
How to write a written pleading and how to prepare an oral hearing before the ECJ (with special reference to the ELMC annual case)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: IMPORTANT: as the annual ELMC competition case is published each year on September 1, classes will start early in September
Students will discuss with the chair the main issues raised by the case, both from a procedural and a substantial perspective, in several interactive classes. Actual and active participation is required
Team(s) formation will be overlooked by chair
Exchange students who will join the activity at a later stage will be included in the group(s) as appropriate, following chair indications
Additional notes about suggested reading: (Treaties and) Statute of the ECJ
ECJ Rules of Procedure
ECJ communication on preliminary rulings
ELMC case (and rules)
readings assigned by chair during the course
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • C. Amalfitano, M. Condinanzi, P. Iannuccelli (a cura di), Le regole del processo dinanzi al giudice dell'Unione europea. Napoli: Editoriale Scientifica, 2017. testo di mera referenza per l'approfondimento del processo comunitario Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Flipped classroom
  • Work-integrated learning
  • Peer feedback
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)
  • Video shooting in studio (Open set of the DLM Office, Lightboard, ...)

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