EEA Moot Court



Mål og innhald

This course aims to prepare students to take part in the EFTA Surveillance Authority¿s (ESA) annual EEA Law Moot Court Competition, where student teams primarily from Icelandic and Norwegian universities act as advocates representing different parties in a fictional EEA law case.

The aim of the EEA Law Moot Court Competition is to reproduce, as closely as possible, the discussion and argument of the written and oral procedures before the EFTA Court, in a case usually focusing on internal market issues. Through a series of lectures and workshops, this course will therefore look to provide practical insights on how to write written submissions to the EFTA Court, and on oral advocacy skills.

All participants on the course will be required to write an individual paper ("brief"), focusing on a selection of questions in the case prepared by ESA for the EEA Law Moot Court Competition itself. Workshops on issue spotting and written advocacy will be held, and constructive feedback will be given on each student¿s written performance.

Before the international finals, students¿ oral advocacy skills will be further developed through workshops and team coaching sessions. The coaching sessions on the course will primarily focus on honing the students¿ oral advocacy skills further through team practice and feedback meetings.

Passing of the individual paper ("brief"), is a prerequisite for representing the University of Bergen at the international finals of the EEA Law Moot Court Competition. No prior knowledge or mooting experience is required, but some basic knowledge of EU and/or EEA law would be an advantage.

In order to pass the course, students will further be required to work together in teams of four or five students to complete and submit team briefs for the international finals on all the questions in the case prepared by ESA for the competition, and moot as a team at the international finals before a panel of judges.

The venue for the international finals of the EEA Law Moot Court competition will usually alternate each year between Iceland and Norway. (E.g. in 2023, the finals were held in Norway; in 2024, the finals will be held in Iceland; in 2025, the finals will again take place in Norway; and so on.)

When the finals are held in Iceland, the teams can take part in the international finals digitally, or choose, at their own expense, to travel to Iceland to take part in the finals physically. It is strongly recommended for students to take part physically, where possible.

Evaluation (pass/fail) will be based on an assessment of the individual written briefs by the Course Supervisor, and presentation of written confirmation (a diploma or the like) confirming that the student has taken part at the international finals.


At the end of the course, the student will have gained:

- in-depth practical knowledge of substantive EU/EEA law, especially related to internal market law

- insight and training in researching, preparing, and writing briefs for international courts

- insight and training in oral advocacy techniques

By the end of the course, the student will be able to:

- identify, systematize, and formulate advanced EU/EEA legal issues and arguments, both in writing and orally

- conduct an independent analysis of advanced EU/EEA legal issues in a thorough, comprehensive, and critical manner

- research, prepare and write briefs in English

- conduct oral submissions in English in connection with a procedure before an international court

By the end of the course, the student will generally be able to demonstrate the ability to:

- acquire new knowledge of a legal nature, both independently and working in a group

- discuss legal issues in the context of many different international legal sources, and have a sound methodological understanding of the particular arguments that different legal sources give rise to

- present legal analyses and conclusions, both in writing and orally

- present and argue their own legal assessments and conclusions

Students will be able to apply the skills and knowledge gained through their own reading and research, and the lectures and workshops on the course, and the coaching sessions on the present course, directly in the submission of their written and oral pleadings which serve as the basis for their final assessment.

Studiepoeng, omfang


Studienivå (studiesyklus)

Master level




Primarily University of Bergen, Faculty of Law
Krav til forkunnskapar

Two years of legal studies.

Students admitted to the five-year master programme in law may also be accepted after one and a half year of legal studies

Tilrådde forkunnskapar

No previous knowledge or moot experience is required, although a basic understanding of EU and/or EEA law would be an advantage.

Good level of English language.


There is no overlap with courses that are currently being offered at the Faculty of Law.

Combined with JUS330-A-A EEA Moot Court Preliminary and/or JUS330-A-B EEA Moot Court Advanced which have been offered in previous semesters, this course will generate no new credits.

The course combines well with:

JUS2300/JUS3500 EU and EEA Institutional Law and Policymaking (to be offered from autumn 2024 onwards)
JUS2301/JUS3501 Free Movement under EU and EEA Internal Market Law
JUS2309/JUS3509 Competition Law
JUS2302/JUS3502 EU and EEA State Aid Law
JUS2315/JUS3515 EU and EEA Public Procurement Law

Krav til studierett

The course is available for the following students:

  • Admitted to the five-year master programme in law
  • Admitted to the two-year master programme in law
  • Admitted to the Master of Laws (LLM) in EU and EEA Law
  • Exchange students at the Faculty of Law

The pre-requirements may still limit certain students' access to the course.

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer
Obligatorisk undervisningsaktivitet
A written brief, which the student will work on continuously for several weeks from publication of the moot court case until approximately three weeks prior to the team written brief submission.

Submission of team brief and performance at the moot court.

The feedback from the oral procedure round will be provided by the judges who have heard the presentation, immediately following conclusion of the oral procedure round.

The reading list will be ready 1 December for the spring semester.
According to the administrative arrangements for course evaluation at the Faculty of Law
Hjelpemiddel til eksamen
Not relevant for this course
The Academic Affairs Committee (Studieutvalget) at the Faculty of Law is responsible for ensuring the material content, structure, and quality of the course.
Professor Christian Franklin
Administrativt ansvarleg
The Faculty of Law¿s section for students and academic affairs (Studieseksjonen) is responsible for administering the programme.