ELTE's media lawyers ranked seventh best team in the world

ELTE's media lawyers ranked seventh best team in the world
For the eighth time in the 2022/2023 academic year, the ELTE Law School team competed in the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition, the most prestigious international media law, freedom of expression and privacy moot court competition. At this year's world finals, the ELTE team achieved a respectable seventh place in the world, making it the second best team in Europe.

The route to the World Finals in Oxford is through seven regional qualifying rounds, and ELTE students have again this year qualified as one of the top twenty-four teams in the world from the Central and Eastern European regional qualifying round in Budapest in December 2022.

For the mooting competition, they had to deal with a case from the side of both the applicants (Shwarna Shikra and Kanthi Besra) and the opposing side, in this case, a fictitious state (Kurulu). The case alleged that Shikra had suffered several rights violations due to a post she had made on a popular social media site in the country. His home has been broken into, and he has been banned from teaching at his workplace, the country's number one university, until he distances himself from the post's content. The case raises issues of regulation of online platforms, freedom of expression and the right to privacy and effective remedy. The contestants argued before the competition tribunal by mapping the practice of international human rights courts.

This year, the host University of Oxford was forced - for the last time, we hope - to change the competition format: instead of the usual face-to-face format, the World Final was held online. In the World Final in Oxford from 14-20 April 2023, the ELTE team competed firstly as Applicants against the Western European Regional Round winner, University of Oxford. They then faced the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of the USA as Respondent, and for the third time - also as Applicants - they faced Ain Shams University of Egypt. The ELTE team finished the group stage with a perfect record (3/3 wins). Due to the online format, only the top four teams were given the opportunity to play in further matches this year, so the remaining places were calculated on the basis of the results of the World Final matches and the total points obtained from the written memorials submitted earlier.

At the 2022/2023 World Final, ELTE Law School students were the seventh best team in the world and the second best in Europe. This result also reflects the quality of the Central-Eastern-European Regional Round. This year's world final was won by the University of the Philippines against City University of London.

The final result of this year's world competition:
1st place: University of the Philippines, Philippines
2nd place: City, University of London, United Kingdom
3rd place: Peking University School of Transnational Law, China
4th place: University of International Business and Economics, China
5th place: University of San Agustin, College of Law, Philippines
6th place: Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, USA
7th place: Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Hungary
8th place: Singapore Management University, Singapore
9th place: University of Oxford, United Kingdom
10th place: Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad, India

The members of the 2022/2023 Oxford World Final team are law students Anna Lili Benyovszki, Mária Góth, Balázs Nagy, Péter Nemere, Eszter Pribula. The coaches were Dr. Gergely Gosztonyi and Dr. Dorina Gyetván, Dr. Daniella Huszár and Dr. Ferenc Gergely Lendvai PhD students.

Congratulations to the team members and their coaches for this outstanding achievement! Special thanks to our supporters for their indispensable help!


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