– Annual Competition on Constitutional Justice among Russian Law Faculties Higher Education Students.
The Institute set up the Crystal Themis competition together with The European Commission for Democracy through Law, better known as the Venice Commission. We have been holding the Crystal Themis annually since 2011.
Competing teams participate in a moot court set in the Constitutional Court of Russian Federation. Following the prepared problem, they build their cases and prepare all the procedural documents from the applications to the Court to the official responses. Competition's judges then assess the documents. Teams that show the best results in the written stage are invited to participate in face-to-face rounds where they argue their positions in front of the bench of judges.
The winning team receives the Crystal Themis. This prize traditionally stays with the faculty that taught the winners.
Working language of the Crystal Themis is Russian.
Documents and oral presentations are assessed by the leading experts in constitutional justice. Aside from practical skills and upgrading their understanding of theory, the participants get a chance to demonstrate their professional qualities in front of potential employers. Representatives of government bodies, legal firms and bar associations participate in the Crystal Themis as judges.
Between 2011 and 2016 the semifinal and final rounds were held at the Constitutional Court of Russia in Saint-Petersburg. In 2017-2018, the Institute held the Crystal Themis at Law Department building of Lomonosov Moscow State University.