ELTE students of Media Law are qualified for the World Final

ELTE students of Media Law are qualified for the World Final HU
Competitors must pass six regional rounds to before taking part in the world final of the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition organised in Oxford. The teams from Hungary competed in the European round hosted by the University of Paris this year. The jury found the written application submitted by ELTE students to be the best, and the team won the bronze medal in the oral round.

More than thirty teams submitted their written applications for the regional round held in Europe, and the best of them had the opportunity to present their claims in person in Paris. In the oral part of the moot court competition, the teams were given 45 minutes to convince the three-member international panel of judges with their arguments and answer the questions. The jury consisted of renowned lawyers, university professors, participants of previous moot court competitions, and practitioners from Hungary and other countries.

For the competition, one legal case had to be processed from the point of view of the claimant and the opposing side, alike. The legal case comprised the themes of terrorism and the regulation of artificial intelligence, as well as the right to freedom of speech and the dissemination of information. In the oral round, the contestants could argue before the competition jury following the practice of international human rights courts.

The European round was held between 31 January and 2 February 2024. During the Group Stage, the ELTE team competed twice on the claimant’s side and once on the respondent’s side. They defeated the teams of both the University of Oxford team and the University of Dublin 9-0. They lost 4-5 to the team of the Taras Shevchenko National University from Kyiv. Winning third place, the ELTE team is qualified for the world final hosted by the University of Oxford, where the best twenty-four teams will be competing in April 2024.

In addition to the bronze medal, the ELTE students also won a gold medal in the competition for the best written application.

The members of the team are Barbara Darcsi, Ábel Bulcsú Kovács, Vanda Nagy, and Viktor Németh. This year, the students have been prepared again by Gergely Gosztonyi, associate professor of the ELTE Department of the History of the Hungarian State and Law, whose work was immensely helped by former team members (János Bálint, Mária Góth, Daniella Huszár, and Ferenc Gergely Lendvai).

Students representing the ELTE Faculty of Law will measure themselves in the most renowned international moot court competition focused on media law, freedom of expression, and data protection for the ninth time. They were ranked 7th in 2023.

Source: ELTE Department of the History of the Hungarian State and Law