RGSL team wins in prof. K. Dišlers Constitutional Law Moot Court
The Muhammad cartoons, published last year by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, caused not only violent demonstrations and protests in several countries, but also wide discussions, related to correlation of freedom of religion and freedom of expression, among human rights experts.
Is it possible to publish video records, where burning of religious materials can be seen, in Latvia, where article 150 of the Criminal Code states up to two years long imprisonment for infringement of person’s religious feelings? Is it allowed to re-publish the Muhammad cartoons? Is the restriction of the freedom of expression, stated in article 150 of the Criminal Code in compliance with the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia and articles 9 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights? These and other questions were debated on December 15th, 2012, when the 14th annual professor’s K. Dišlers constitutional law moot court, organized by ELSA Latvia, was held. This year 10 teams from 5 universities participated in the moot court.
Riga Graduate School of Law was successfully represented by International and European Union law professional master’s program’s second year students Zane Kuļikovska, Vladlena Rudusāne and Matīss Rostoks, who established the team “Qualis rex, talis grex”.
This year the final moot court was held in the premises of the Constitutional Court. The RGSL team demonstrated excellent knowledge and won in the final moot court against the team from the University of Latvia. A team member Vladlena Rudusāne was awarded with the title of the best orator. Moreover, the RGSL team won also in the nomination “The best written analysis of the case”. Thus, the RGSL team reached an outstanding result by winning in all nominations. The winners will be able to visit the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxemburg.
Zane Kuļikovska, Vladlena Rudusāne un Matīss Rostoks would like to thank ELSA Latvia for the chance to participate in the moot court and to RGSL lecturer PhD cand. Ieva Miļūna for her support within the preparation process.