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The Eighth All-Russian Moot Court Competition on Constitutional Justice “Crystal Themis” - 2018




The Institute for Law and Public Policy and the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe are pleased to announce the VIII Annual Crystal Themis Moot Court Competition.

The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute before the Russian Constitutional Court. Student teams present written pleadings for the applicant and for the state authorities, which are evaluated by judges based upon a number of criteria including the knowledge of the constitutional and international law, research and legal writing skills, etc. Best teams selected upon the memorials evaluation will meet in the qualifying rounds and then – in the final round.


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The 2018 Competition Problem concerns issues of the penitentiary policy and disciplinary measures in prisons. The teams will have to analyse the constitutionality of conditions and order of administrative imposition of penalties from the standpoint of fair trial guarantees, prohibition of discrimination and the right to respect for one's family and private life.

The teams will need to prepare memorials for the applicant and for the government. The primary aim of these documents is to demonstrate the teams' skills in legal research and analysis, facts selection, application of Russian Constitutional Court's case law, international standards and foreign countries' best practices, as well as academic sources.

The team participants can be law students of Russian higher education institutions who are studying at a course not lower than the second, including students of the master's degree, of any specialization. at the time of completion of registration for participation in the Competition (September 16, 2018). Coaches, graduate students and representatives of teaching staff are entitled to provide some help to its team..

The Competition language is Russian.


1. Carefully read the information about the Competition in this section of the site and the 2018 Competition Rules (in Russian).

2. Form a team in accordance with the requirements of the Rules, make sure that all members of your team are serious and ready to work actively at all stages of the Competition.

3. Download an Application Form, fill it in an electronic form, save it in .doc or .docx format, confirm with the Dean or the Head of the University Department and send from the e-mail address of you team contact person to the address: no later than 11:59 p.m. (Moscow time) on September 16, 2018.

4. Receive a Confirmation Letter that your team's application has been accepted and the team has been assigned an Individual Number under which it will participate in the Competition in order to preserve anonymity.

5. After the registration closes, wait for the announcement of the file and further instructions by email and on the website.

We wish everyone good luck!


June 20 - September 16, 2018 - registration of teams for participation in the Competition

September 18, 2018 - placement of Competition Problem

September 2018 (the date will be specified further) - a webinar for the team coaches registered for the 2018 Competition Recommendations to the Coaches for the Preparation of Teams for the Competition on Constitutional Justice

September 18-24, 2018 - sending participants clarifying questions on the Competition Problem

September 20 - October 21, 2018 - registration for participation in the Competition as judges of written and oral rounds

October 1, 2018 - placement of the final Competiton Problem, sending additional materials to the teams for the preparation of procedural documents

October 22-November 06, 2018 - selection of judges of written and oral rounds

November 8, 2018 - a webinar for judges evaluating procedural documents

November 11, 2018 - deadline for the submission of procedural documents

November 12 - December 18, 2018 - expert evaluation of procedural documents

December 20, 2018 - announcement of the results of the Selection Stage of the Competition

January 28, 2019 - a webinar for the judges of the full-time stage of the Competition

January 30-31, 2019 - quarter finals and semifinal rounds of the Competition

February 1, 2019 - finals and awards ceremony of the winners of the Competition


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