THEMIS 2018 Grand Final Cup remains in France!

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

  • Team France I wins the 2018 THEMIS Competition Grand Final!
  • Team Romania wins the second place and Team Austria the third place.
  • THEMIS continues to help develop the skills and cooperation between Europe's future magistrates.

Congratulations to Team FRANCE I, the winners of the 2018 THEMIS Competition! Morgane Kleine, Ariane Piat and Victoire De Maillard, accompanied by the tutor Marie Bougnoux, won the honour for the team's outstanding performance at the THEMIS Grand Final held in Paris, 28-31 October 2018.

In second place was Team ROMANIA, represented by Luminița Gabriela Mareș, Cristina-Anamaria  Perijoc and Andreea Elena Costache along with team tutor Roxana Rizoiu.

In third place was Team AUSTRIA, represented by Tamara Forstner, David Weixlbraun, and Wolfgang Limberger along with team tutor Michael Reiter.


Team France I

Eight teams representing Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Portugal and Romania participated in the Grand Final. The teams prepared excellent written reports and delivered outstanding presentations and the Q&A sessions with each other and the members of the Jury.

The Awards Ceremony was held in the Grand Chamber of the French Court of Cassation with the warm welcome speeches from Mr. Bertrand Louvel, French Chief Justice, First President of the Court of Cassation, Mr. Olivier Leurent, Director of the French National School for the Judiciary (ENM) and Mr. Wojciech Postulski, EJTN Secretary General. The ceremony was completed with the heartfelt address from the THEMIS 2017 winners Constance Marécheau, Michael Da Lozzo and Guillaume Ghislain and the ENM Deputy Directors Mr. Elie Renard, President of the EJTN Steering Committee, Mr. Benoit Chamouard and Mr. Arno Vinkovic, THEMIS Project Manager.

Bringing together future magistrates
The THEMIS Competition brings together future magistrates from different EU countries at a time when they are undergoing entry-level training and enables them to share common values, exchange new experiences and discuss areas of common interest. The THEMIS Competition provides an ideal forum in which to discuss EU and international law subjects, promote exchanges and experiences between participants, increase knowledge, encourage critical thinking and foster professional networks.

Debate and discussion
This year’s THEMIS Competition began with the time-limited exercise of writing a legal paper-based topic dealing with the right to a fair trial (Art 47 EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and Art 6 ECHR).

EJTN warmly thanks the hard-working jury members who assessed the participants’ written papers, presided over the debates and deliberated each team’s performance. The dedicated jury members were Mr Ján Šikuta, Judge at the Supreme Court of the Slovak Republic and former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights, Ms Rosa Jansen, Judge and the President of the Board of Victim Support in The Netherlands, Ms Jana Gajdošová, Head of Sector (Access to Justice) European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Mr Martin Kuijer, Senior Legal Adviser on Human Rights Law (Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, member of the Venice Commission) and Mr Nic Madge, writer, former Circuit Judge and member of the Judicial College.

EJTN further thanks to the Director of French National School of the Judiciary, Mr. Olivier Leurent for hosting the Grand Final, as well as all the supporting staff for their support in making this successful event.

EJTN proudly supports the THEMIS Competition, which continues to provide a genuine skills-enhancing experience for future EU magistrates.