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The Pax Moot went totally online this year (OK, no surprises there). The case concerns an employment dispute and environmental damage due to mining in an unidentified African country (see the paxmoot website). It raises various issues of jurisdiction, applicable law, freezing orders, parallel proceedings and company structures.

Over the past two days the preliminary rounds took place on an online platform hosted by the University of Antwerp. The Universities of Cologne, Erasmus Rotterdam, Maastricht and Singapore Management University secured places in the semi-finals.

Please join us on 29 May at the links below for the semi-finals and finals. All welcome!

Semi-finals 1, 10.00 – 11.30 CEST: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/4a86f539e78642859e773e301ddbb8dd

University of Cologne v. Erasmus University Rotterdam

Judges: Ilse COUWENBERG, Daniel GIRSBERGER and Matthias WELLER

Semi-finals 2, 10.00 – 11.30 CEST: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/2d4c41243bf44fdbb3c175b15d0f30cf

Singapore Management University v. Maastricht University

Judges: Hans VAN HOUTTE, María ALVÁREZ TORNÉ and Michael WILDERSPIN

Finals, 13:30-15:00: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/b85996765dce4a4db29ad03e4a9b235f

13:30 Welcome words, by Frederik SWENNEN, Dean of the Law Faculty, University of Antwerp

Pleadings

Judges: Horatia MUIR WATT, Alex LAYTON, Hans VAN LOON

Approx. 15:30 Awards and Closing Ceremony

  • A few words about the Case, by Alexander LAYTON QC
  • A few words on behalf of the European Commission, DG Justice, Civil Unit, by Pia LINDHOLM
  • Official results of the 2020 Rounds:
    • Best written submissions, by Horatia MUIR WATT, Competition Initiator and Member of the PAX Team
    • Best oralist, by Daniel CHAN, Executive Secretary of the PAX Team
    • Winner of the 2020 Asser Round, PAX Competition, by Horatia MUIR WATT
  • Farewell words, by Hans van LOON

The Moot Court Competition is organised by the University of Antwerp and the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, as part of the research project on ‘Regulation BIa: a standard for free circulation of judgments and mutual trust in the EU (JUDGTRUST)’, funded by the European Union, DG Justice (JUST-JCOO-AG-2017), in cooperation with Sciences Po Law School.