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The First All-Russian Moot Court Competition on Constitutional Justice “Crystal Goddess of Justice” - 2011

The Institute for Law and Public Policy held the First All-Russian Moot Court Competition on Constitutional Justice among students' teams in cooperation with the Council of Europe’s European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) and St. Petersburg State University under the aegis of the Russian Constitutional Court

The final stage of the First All-Russian Moot-Court Competition on Constitutional Justice among students’ teams took place in St. Petersburg on November 24 – 25, 2011. The Competition started on February 15, 2011 and was organized by the Institute for Law and Public Policy in cooperation with the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe under the aegis of the Russian Constitutional Court. 

The four best teams from four Russian universities which passed the qualifying round of the 2011 Competition with the highest grades for their written memorandums (a complaint to the Russian Constitutional Court and reply of the entitled state authority) met each other in oral hearings: the team of Saratov State Legal Academy (Saratov), the team of St. Petersburg State University (St.Petersburg), the team of the  Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (Kaliningrad), the team of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow). Finally the main prize of the Competition– Chrystal Themis – went to the team of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (P. Blokhin, D. Zamyshlyaev and A. Makeeva), the Winner of the 2011 Crystal Themis Competition.  The President of the Russian Constitutional Court V. Zorkin handed over the Chrystal Themis to P. Blokhin, D. Zamyshlyaev, A. Makeeva and their trainer S. Vasilyeva and greeted them personally. 

Besides the main prize the moot-court judges bestowed the winners in one individual and five team nominations. The Best Speaker  became Pavel Blokhin from the National Research University Higher School of Economics. In the teamnominations the diplomas For the Best Procedural Document (a complaint),  For the Excellent Knowledge and Use of the Practice of the European Court of Human Rights and For the Best Use of Comparative Legal Method went to the team of the  Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University. The diploma For the Best Procedural Document (reply of a state authority) went to the team of the National Research University Higher School of Economics. And finally the diploma For the Excellent Knowledge and Use of the Legal Positions of the Russian Constitutional Court. went to the semi-final host, the team of St. Petersburg State University. In addition all the members of the four teams were awarded with participants’ diplomas and granted with special gifts and souvenirs (mainly books). 

The four best teams for the oral stage were chosen out of eighteen teams which also delivered their procedural documents within the qualifying round. And totally thirty four teams from different Russain law schools and universities of were registered for the participation when the Competition was announced. 

The case for the 2011 Competition Battle against Psychics or the Case on Constitutionality of Witchcraft was basically devoted to the problem of constitutionality of the regional ban on extrasensory (psychic) practices and their adverting. At the same time the case concerned several other constitutional issues such as equality of citizens and foreigners, distribution of competences between the federal center and regions and etc. 

The semi-final rounds took place on November 24, 2011 at  Law Faculty,St. Petersburg State University. According to the results only two teams among four got the right to compete in the final round: the team of the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (Kaliningrad) and the team of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow).

The final round took place on November 25, 2011 in the residence of the Russian Constitutional Court. The hearing was opened for public and many guests including the Constitutional Court judges and staff, other teams, participants of the HESP educational project for the young constitutional law teachers Comparative Constitutional Law: Theory and Methodology in the Context of Constitutional Reforms and etc. attended the final round. The President of the Russian Constitutional Court V. Zorkin welcomed the 2011 Competition final round participants and wished good luck to the teams.

For the final round the grand panel of all the seven moot-court judges was composed including S. Kazantsev (chairman), a judge of the Russian Constitutional Court, А. Endziņš, a member of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe and former President of the Constitutional Court of Latvia,  G. Gadzhiev,  a judge of the Russian Constitutional Court, А. Blankenagel, Professor of Public Law, Humboldt University (Germany), V. Lazarev, Professor, a member of the Scientific Council at the Russian Federal Chamber of Lawyers and former Plenipotentiary of the State Duma to the Russian Constitutional Court, Е. Abrosimova, a referent of the Legal Department of the Apparatus of the Russian Government and former adviser to the judge of the Russian Constitutional Court, L. Ivanov, an expert of the Institute for Law and Public Policy and former adviser to the judge of the Russian Constitutional Court. 

 

The First All-Russian Moot-Court Competition was conducted with the support of the Russian Constitutional Court and the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe and of course the enthusiasm of the participants of the HESP educational project for the young constitutional law teachers Comparative Constitutional Law: Theory and Methodology in the Context of Constitutional Reforms (2009 – 2012) and the ILPP staff. The Crystal Themis Competition was also supported by the Russian Ministry of Justice, The Association of Lawyers of Russia (Russian Bar Association), Russian Agency of Legal and Judicial Information, Law Faculty of St. Petersburg University, companies “GARANT” and “ConsultantPlus” (legal database production). The main information partner was The Comparative Constitutional Review published by the ILPP.


 

 
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