Young Lawyers Contest 2019/2021

Prezentujemy Pańśtwu list otrzymany przez dziekana Jerzego Moska i zachęcamy mlodych radców prawnych i aplikantów do rozważenia wzięcia udziału w YLC.

Dear Mr Mosek,

I am contacting you in regards with the Young Lawyers Contest, about which the Warsaw Bar, our co-organisers may have already contacted you, but please allow me to give you a little bit more background.

The Academy of European Law (ERA) hosted the finals of this year’s Young Lawyers Contest in February, where the international teams competed in an oral debate on fundamental rights, a negotiating exercise on company law and a moot court exercise on criminal law. You can find out more about the results of the former contest here.


If any young members of your bar association did not get the chance to take part, I am pleased to let you know that ERA will organise a new edition of the contest this year, again with the support of the CCBE and in cooperation with the Warsaw Bar Association. This project is co-funded by the Justice programme of the European Union 2014-2020


It will offer a unique opportunity for young lawyers across the European Bars represented in the competition to exchange experiences, develop their critical thinking and communication skill, and to foster useful relationships for their future career.


Following a written round, the contest will again be held in as a one-and-a-half day event at ERA’s conference facilities in Trier, Germany, on 4-5 February 2021 for the teams composed of young lawyers from different nationalities to show their oral skills in defending written reports prepared in advance, negotiating exercises and preparing oral pleadings before a jury.


All selected participants will receive a certificate which can be used for continued training hours pending their individual Bar’s approval and a year’s free membership to the Friends of ERA Association which includes a number of benefits such as a discount towards participation fees. The members of the two final teams will receive a voucher to attend an ERA conference of their choice taking place before the end of 2021.


Costs for travel and accommodation of participants selected to participate will be reimbursed. Bars are encouraged to support candidates. Further details on participation, selection procedure, as well as the contest rules can be found on the Young Lawyers Contest web site.


Registration is now open until 1 July 2020.


I would be very grateful if you could forward this information to your members so it can reach as many potential contestants as possible.


If you need any further information or/and if you would like to support some candidates, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Kind regards,


Anna Lees

Key Account Officer

Academy of European Law
Metzer Allee 4 | D-54295 Trier
Tel: +49 (0)651 – 93737 -815
Fax: +49 (0)651 -93737 -773


Young Lawyers Contest 2019/2021

The main aim of the competition is to bring together new qualified lawyers 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 is co-funded by the Justice programme of the European Union 2014-2020 and will run in 2020 and 2021.

The Project aims to:

  • – Promote a forum of discussion on European and International Law subjects.
  • – Promote exchanges of experiences between the participants.
  • – Obtain and spread interesting and useful theses on the chosen subject
  • – Encourage the development of the critical thinking and communication skill
  • – Promote and foster relationships among participants from across the European Bars represented in the competition
“I strongly recommend to young lawyers and trainee lawyers across Europe to enrol in the next Young Lawyers Contest. It is a great opportunity to meet and work with colleagues from different cultures and backgrounds.”

Vincent Berthier-De Bortoli
2018 Participant and part of winning team.

The contest is limited to 36 participants per contest and each participant is selected based on their application. The registration for the new contest 2020-2021 is opened from 23 April to 1st July 2020.
See the key dates here.

All candidates having participated in the Young Lawyers Contest will be granted a certificate of attendance mentioning the number of training hours. They will also benefit from a free membership of one year to the Friends of ERA Association which gives rise to a certain number of benefits.

The candidates of the two final winning teams will be awarded a voucher for an ERA conference of their choice organised before the end of 2021.

The Project beneficiaries are trainee and newly qualified lawyers from all Bars in Europe.

Warsaw Bar Association (Izba Adwokacka w Warszawie)

Supporting organisation
CCBE – Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe

For any other information on the organisation of the contest, please contact:

Florence Hartmann-Vareilles
Head of Section European Business Law

Nathalie Dessert
Assistant European Business Law