The winners of this year's edition of the National Contest of Young Lawyers were awarded on Wednesday, 27 April 2022, at the National Institute of Justice, after presenting their oral pleadings based on a case in civil law matter, civil procedure and international element.
In the opening remarks, Ecaterina Popa, Ad interim Director of the National Institute of Justice mentioned: “I am pleased to note that it is already becoming a tradition for the Institute to play an important role in organizing competitions that involve young people in simulated activities, tasks that will allow future jurists to feel the pulse of a trial, in a courtroom, in the presence of a panel of judges.”
In the final stage, two teams of law students from the State University of Moldova competed, as a result of draw lots, the plaintiff team being represented by Doina Alexeev and Cătălin Avxentiev, and the defendant team - Mădălina Luca and Carolina Iovița.
The performance of the participants was assessed by a jury composed of Maria Frunze, judge at the Chisinau Court, Aliona Cara-Rusnac, PhD in law, associate professor, Faculty of Law, SUM, and Feodor Bria, master in law, university assistant, Faculty of Law, FIUM, which decided that the plaintiffs' team performed better, winning against the opposing team.
The National Contest of Young Lawyers, was organized by ELSA (European Law Student Association) in partnership with the National Institute of Justice, the Moldovan Bar Association, the Training Centre of the Bar Association, the Association of Young Lawyers and Law Firm Cobzac and Partners, which took place during the 7 to 27 April 2022.
This year’s edition, occur in two stages: the grid test and the pleadings based on a casefile. The first test consisted of 50 theoretical questions in the field of civil law and civil procedure, in which 17 students from the first to fourth years of law faculties from all over the country competed, but only four of them reached the final.