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The Second All-Russian Moot Court Competition on Constitutional Justice “Crystal Goddess of Justice” - 2012

The final round of the Second All-Russian Moot Court Competition  on Constitutional Law took place on November, 23rd at the Pompeian Hall of the Laval Building of the Russian Constitutional Court in St. Petersburg.

The Crystal Themis Competition  was established by the Institute for Law and Public Policy, together with the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, and falls under the aegis of the Russian Constitutional Court. The First All-Russian Moot Court Competition was developed as part of the three-year ReSET project supported by the Higher Education Special Project and took place in 2011 and sparked a huge interest among students and professors of the Russian universities.

The 2012 Competition  was launched in February27 Russian universities filed applications for participation. In early April, the case was published on the ILPP web page. By mid-September, based on the case and supplementary materials published on the website of the Institute, 18 teams prepared two documents: a complaint to the Russian Constitutional Court and a review of public authority. 19 experts were invited to evaluate the materials.

After the qualifying round in 2012 the four strongest teams fromthe  Russian universities met on November 22, 2012: the team of the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, the Kursk State University team, the team of the Russian Academy of Justice and the team of St. Petersburg State University. The venue for the semifinals was kindly provided – as in 2011 – by Law Faculty, St. Petersburg State University. 

After the semifinal round the two teams remained and met in the final at the Russian Constitutional Court to compete for the privilege of owning the Crystal Themis. These were the teams of Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University  and St. Petersburg State University.

The final round of the 2012 Competition  held on November 23, 2012 was evaluated by the International College of seven judges: A. Endzins (Member of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Latvia (retired)),  G.Gadzhiev (judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation), T. Morschakova (judge of the Russian Constitutional Court (retired)), A. Blankenagel (Professor of Humboldt University, Germany), S. Sergevnin (Constitutional Adviser to the Russian Constitutional Court), E.Taribo (head of the constitutional foundations of public law department of the Russian Constitutional Court), and L. Ivanov (former adviser to judges of the Russian Constitutional Court).

The team of St. Petersburg State University won in the final round with a small margin. The young lawyers from St. Petersburg received the main prize of the Competition – Crystal Themis – presented by G. Gadzhiev (judge of the Russian Constitutional Court). The Director of the Institute for Law and Public Policy, O. Sidorovich, gave the diploma to the winning team. A. Endzis (Member of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe) congratulated the coach and the team for their victory.
 
Under the rules of the Competition, in addition to the main prize of the qualifying and final rounds, prizes were also awarded to five teams, as well as one individual nomination. This year, the two students were named as the Best Speaker - Maria Kiskachi and Dmitriy Borodin, both representing St. Petersburg State University.The diploma for the prize For Excellent Knowledge and Use of the Practice of the European Court of Human Rights was presented to the team of the Russian Academy of Justice. The Diplomas for the prizes Best Procedural Document (complaint to the Russian Constitutional Court), Best procedural document (review of public authority), For Excellent Knowledge and Use of the Legal Positions of the Russian Constitutional Court, and For the Best Use of Comparative Law Methods were presented to the team of the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University.

 

The 2012 Competition  was supported by the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, the International Higher Education Support Program (Budapest), the Ministry of Justice of Russia and the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum, the Association of Lawyers of Russia, law firms ‘Dolomanov and partners’, ‘Kamenskaya and partners’, ‘Pepeliaev group’, law offices ‘Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev and partners’, the bar association ‘Muranov, Chernyakov & partners’, the Russian Agency of Legal and Judicial i=Information, legal systems ‘Garant’ and ‘Consultant plus’, and the journals and magazines ‘The Judge’, ‘The Comparative Constitutional Review’ and ‘The International justice’.

 

 

 
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