Students from the College of Europe in Bruges were declared the winners of the 2017 René Cassin competition for law students after beating a rival team from the University of Aix-Marseille in the final round. The final took place at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on 24 March 2017 and the jury was made up of prominent figures, including judges of the Court and academics. It was chaired by Mr Ledi Bianku, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights. This was the 32th edition of the René Cassin competition, conducted in French, which takes the form of a mock-trial, based on rights protected by the European Convention on Human Rights. Thirty university teams from nine countries (Austria, Belarus, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia and Switzerland), selected following the written stage of the competition, competed in a case concerning health and European human rights law. Further information about this year’s competition and previous contests can be found on the René Cassin competition Internet site and on the page of the Court’s website dedicated to the competition.
Resouce: ECHR press