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OTMV1104 Case Analysis and Presentation: European Courts 3 ECTS
Organised by
Law, Studies for Bachelor/Master of Laws Degree
Person in charge
Mira Turpeinen, Johannes Heikkonen and Jakob Haerting


Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: moot court

General description

This course will train students to face and solve cases dealing with complex legal issues in a contemporary, multilayered legal field. The cases will include judicial questions which transcend the conventional boundaries of national legal system, and thereby require students to apply both national and international legal instruments. Regardless of whether one is solving national civil or criminal law case before domestic court or arguing a case before transnational tribunals, such as the ECtHR or the CJEU, one needs to be able to recognise and interact with various legal sources. This course provides students a platform to apply and train their legal expertise to meet up the challenges posed by the current, pluralistic legal environment as well as teach them to understand how, for instance, international human rights and European fundamental rights interact and sometimes clash with the interpretation of domestic law.

Learning outcomes

The emphasis is on the practical skills as for:
- To operate in multi-level and fluid legal environment and solve legal problems under a strict time limit
- To read and analyse international (ECtHR, CJEU) court cases
- To construct, both orally and in writing, a sound and logical legal argument in a moot court form
- To hone the students presenting and debating skills
- To seek information from international (European) legal sources
- To give feedback and analyse the performance of other students
- To teach students to understand the interconnectedness of different legal systems


The substantive content of this course will focus on the relationships and conflicts between different legal systems, especially relating to human and fundamental rights questions.

The teaching method of this course follows a moot court framework. However, it offers more intensive training of Moot Court skills under a shorter time span (3-4 weeks). The course will start with introductory lectures which will focus on the practical guidance concerning argumentation, information retrieval and reading court cases. The main performance of this course consists of independent work in groups. Each group needs to prepare legal arguments in written form (10 pages in total) for both applicant and defendant in a court case given to them. Each group will then present their arguments orally (10 min for main arguments + 5 min for rejoinder) against another group in a simulated trial proceedings at the end of the course. The groups will find out which party (applicant or defendant) they are representing just before the trial.

Further information on prerequisites and recommendations

Previous studies in International law, European law, Constitutional law are recommended.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 12 h 0 h

More information about the moot court method will be given at the beginning of the class.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
Project / practical work
  • In English
  • In English

- Moot court exercises
- Preparation of legal cases and partcipation in simulated moot court trial

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
- Written assignment 60 % - Presentation (incl. active participation) 40 %

Study materials

Instruction and additional material provided in Moodle

Further information

TIME: IV period, only academic year 2016-2017

The participation is limited to 24 students. 2/3 of the places is reserved for the degree students at the Faculty of Law. For the remaining places, the following criteria will be used to select participants:
1. degree students of the TLS cooperative institutions
2. exchange students of the TLS cooperative institutions
3. other law students
4. non-law students

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Law
Optional courses (MDP in Law and Information Society)
Faculty of Law
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Law
Bachelor of Laws
Master of Laws DP
MDP in Law and Information Society
Doctor of Laws
Turku Law School