2017 THEMIS Competition – Semi-final C results

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

  • Team France wins the first place and Team Italy holds the second position.
  • EJTN THEMIS Competition continues to help develop the knowledge and skills of Europe’s young magistracy.

The National Courts Administration (NCA) in Vilnius, Lithuania, hosted the third semi-final of this year’s THEMIS Competition from June 6th to the 8th.

7 teams from 7 EU Member States participated in this semi-final. Judicial trainees presented their written papers, debated legal issues with fellow teams and conducted discussions with the jury about the topics of their presentations.

Wide range of topics
The teams addressed a wide range of topics including the exhaustion of the remedies mechanism, provisional measures within Brussels I bis regulation and cooperation in the field of insolvency.

EJTN had the honour of having distinguished members of the jury to assess the competing teams: Ms Goda Ambrasaitė-Balynienė, Judge at Court of Appeal of Lithuania; Ms Verena Cap, Judge, Directorate General for Civil Law, Austrian Ministry of Justice; and, Ms Irena Kucina, Deputy State Secretary on Court Matters of the Ministry of Justice in Latvia.

The jury members assessed not only the overall quality and the originality, the critical thinking and the anticipation of future solutions, the reference to relevant case law, but also the communication skills and the balanced contribution of all the members of the teams. They faced the very difficult task of assessing and ranking the 7 teams in order to decide the winning and the runner-up teams to take part in the THEMIS Grand Final, which will be held in November in Bucharest, Romania.

Congratulations Team France!
First place was awarded to Team France (Ms Constance Marecheau, Mr Michael Da Lozzo and Mr Guillaume Ghislain) which had an outstanding presentation entitled Assessing the Consequences of the Exhaustion of Remedies Mechanism: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives on the Recent Case Law of the Court of Justice of the European Union. Second place was awarded to Team Italy (Mr Alessandro Azzaroli, Mr Lorenzo Sandulli and Ms Manuela Granata) whose presentation on The Path of Cooperation in the field of Insolvency was considered as excellent by the jury members. 

Team France

Both teams have secured a spot at the THEMIS Grand Final to be held in Bucharest, Romania on the topic of Right to a Fair Trial (Art. 47 EU Charter of Fundamental Law and Art. 6 ECHR).

The jurors expressed their sincere thanks to all the participating teams for the very high quality of their written papers and outstanding presentations. All participants received a certificate of participation.

Throughout its long 12-year history, the THEMIS Competition has been helping future European magistrates to exchange views and experiences and improve their presentation and language skills. Most importantly, the Competition offers them the opportunity enhance personal and career contacts and to familiarise themselves with different approaches to the same legal topic, creating a space for improving mutual trust in other European legal systems.

EJTN wishes to thank the hosting institution for the assistance and support in organising this semi-final, and especially to Ms Reda Molienė, Director of the National Courts Administration (NCA) in Lithuania, and the staff members from the International Training department at NCA.

EJTN is the proud organiser of the annual THEMIS Competition, and is grateful for the financial support of the European Commission’s Justice Programme.

Read more about THEMIS on the THEMIS project page

The main aim of the THEMIS project is to bring together future magistrates from different European countries at a time when they are undergoing entry level training to enable them to share common values and to exchange new experiences and discuss new perspectives in areas of common interest.

The project also aims to develop abilities related to the future profession of the participants, such as communication skills, debating abilities, critical and analytical thinking, logical reasoning and proper legal writing. Furthermore, THEMIS is intended to foster the development of professional contacts, experiences and relationships between both the entry-level trainees in magistracy and their teaching staff.