Attend ELSA’s legal competitions and gather practical experience of utilization of legal knowledge.

Competitions (C) is one of ELSA’s key areas which focuses on organizing academic competitions. ELSA offers legal competitions on all of its action levels, from smaller local competitions all the way to prestigious international contests. You can find for example moot court competitions, essay competitions and negotiation competitions and by participating in them you can improve your presentation skills and skills on how to apply legal knowledge in practical situations. In working life the experience gathered in legal competitions may just be the advantage that sets you apart from the rest in the beginning stages of your career.


John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition

The John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition (JHJMCC, formerly known as ELSA Moot Court Competition) is an internationally highly respected moot court competition organied by ELSA. The competition is organised in cooperation with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and focuses on international commercial law. Students participate in groups of 2–4, and the finals will be held in Geneva at WTO headquarters! The aim of the moot court is to develop participants’ knowledge of international commercial law and the WTO dispute settlement procedure, as well as the overall ability to participate in multilateral trade negotiations.


The Helga Pedersen Moot Court Competition

The Helga Pedersen Moot Court Competition (HPMCC, formerly known as The European Human Rights Moot Court Competition) is an internationally highly respected moot court competition organized by ELSA on European human rights law and the European Convention on Human Rights. ELSA organizes the competition in cooperation with the European Court of Human Rights. The finals will be held in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, and members of the winning team get a traineeship at the court!


ELSA Finland's National Moot Court Competition

ELSA Finland’s National Moot Court Competition (NMCC) is a Finnish case law competition open to law students. Competition is an excellent opportunity to practice practicing and argumentation skills in practice for a lawyer, and to deepen the topic of the case. The competition is held in Finnish.


ELSA Finland's National Essay Competition

ELSA Finland has on many years organised a national essay competition, which is open to all law students in Finland. The essay competition is a great opportunity to showcase your skills directly to potential employers, because competitions are have usually been organised in cooperation with a legal sponsor who also picks the winner. The prizes from previous years have included internships, iPads, legal books and more. Follow ELSA Finland in social media to know when the next competition is coming!


If you have any questions about our Competitions, please contact the national or local Competitions representatives.

ELSA Finland:

Linda Silinš

Vice President for Competitions, ELSA Finland