We wish the best of luck to our Moot court team who headed for Maastricht this morning to take part in the Helga Pedersen Law Moot Court Competition’s regional round which simulates deliberations before the European Court of Human Rights.
RGSL team – Valērija Ruta Hartmane, Elīna Rancāne, Elīna Greine, Ketija Lorēna Kaļva – spent all their free and not so free time in preparations for the moot court, including RGSL Christmas party. The team is coached by RGSL Lecturer Anastasija Kaplane.
The Helga Pedersen Law Moot Court Competition’s is organised annually by the European Law Student Association (ELSA) in cooperation with the Council of Europe. This year, the moot case concerns the paternity rights and adoption rights of the same-sex couple that entered into a surrogacy agreement with a woman who, upon birth, decided to keep the child. The Respondent state upheld her claim, and the Applicant now has to prove that such action violates his right to private and family life.
The team will argue both the position of the Applicant and the Respondent in separate rounds.
"Eighteen Teams qualify to the Final Round based on the evaluation of their Written Submissions and Oral Pleadings in the Regional Rounds. The round is held yearly in Strasbourg with the pleadings taking place at the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe," says Anastasija Kaplane, the team’s coach.