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The Seventh All-Russian Moot Court Competition on Constitutional Justice “Crystal Goddess of Justice” - 2017


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The Institute for Law and Public Policy and the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe are pleased to announce that they will be hosting the 7th Annual Crystal Themis Moot Court Competition.

The Competition consists of a mock constitutional court process.  As part of the qualification round, registered teams must prepare procedural documents for a mock case, including a complaint to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation and a response to the complaint from the commissioned government organ.  Based on these procedural documents, experts will select the top eight teams, which will then meet face-to-face in Moscow in the live rounds of the competition.  The two best teams will then compete in the final round for first place in the Competition.

Competition Rules 2017 as of October 09, 2017  (in Russian)

Final Mock Case 2017 (in Russian)


June 5 - September 20, 2017 (11:59 PM, Moscow Standard Time) — Team registration for participating in the Competition.

September 21, 2017 — Preview version of mock case is released.

October 1, 2017 — “Recommendations for Coaches Preparing Teams for Constitutional Court Competitions”, a webinar for team coaches that have registered for the 2017 Competition.

September 30, 2017 (11:59 Moscow Standard Time) — Deadline for participants to ask clarifying questions regarding the Competition’s mock case.

October 9, 2017 — Final version of mock case is released, as well as additional materials for preparing procedural documents.

November 20, 2017 (23:59 Moscow Standard Time) — Deadline for teams to submit their procedural documents.

November 20 - December 21, 2017 — Experts evaluate the procedural documents.

December 29, 2017 — Results of the Competition’s preliminary round are announced.

January 31 - February 2, 2018 — Live rounds of the Competition.

February 3, 2018 — Final round and award ceremony for the winners of the Competition.


Moot Court Theme for 2017

“Exploring the Arctic, or the Case of Nickel Ore”

The Competition’s assignment for 2017 offers participants the chance to analyze a series of relevant social and economic issues in light of constitutional principles and norms, in particular:

- balancing interests of various federal subjects while developing a policy of stable development for single-industry cities;

- regulating conflicts between organizations representing native peoples and mining companies;

- preventing forced assimilation of native peoples and preserving their traditional ways of life.

Teams will need to prepare legal positions both as applicants and as commissioned government organs.  In preparing the documents, the participants must demonstrate their skills in analysis, selection of relevant facts, research, and implementing practices of the Russian Constitutional Court and international legal institutions, as well as documents of international organizations, legal acts of foreign countries, and doctrinal sources.

Participants must be law students of Russian institutes of higher learning who have completed at least one year of studies by the registration due date (September 20, 2017).  This includes masters students of any specialty.  Team coaches may be graduate students or faculty members of the institute of higher learning.

The Competition’s language is Russian.

The Mock Case 2017

If you have any questions on the organization or conduct of the Competition, please contact us at or by phone: + 7 (495) 608-69-59; 608-66-35.


We wish all participants the best of luck!


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