The CCBE amicus curiae contest is a competition which is organised every year and which is addressed to law students at the end of their studies (in final 2 years of study) whose degree is a prerequisite to enter the legal profession in countries the Bars and Law Societies of which are members of the CCBE (see full list of members here).
The ” CCBE Amicus Curiae ” contest consists of a fictitious amicus curiae brief submitted by law students to be selected each year on a competitive basis. However, this amicus curiae brief is fictitious in the sense that it is not intended to be used in any actual ongoing proceedings.
The aims of this contest are as follow:
· Supporting a threatened lawyer by providing a forum for their defence.
· Making the CCBE and its work known to the population of young future European lawyers.
· Emphasizing the essential role of lawyers in the construction and defence of the rule of law.
· Providing practical experience to law students aspiring to become lawyers by giving them the opportunity to practice writing a note that would take the form of an amicus curiae brief.
The competition is open to law students in their last or penultimate year (in final 2 years of study) whose degree is a prerequisite for admission to the legal profession in countries the Bars and Law Societies of which are members of the CCBE. Candidates should belong to an institution in one of the countries of the CCBE member Bars and Law Societies.
The competition is in two parts:
· Selection phase:
Each candidate must submit a two-page application presenting (i) the profile of the threatened lawyer, (ii) the professional struggles that exposed them to these threats, and (iii) the legal issues that could be highlighted in an Amicus Curiae.
The Human Rights Committee will select three applications.
· Amicus Curiae Presentation Phase:
The three selected candidates must prepare an Amicus Curiae brief within two months of the selection by their Human Rights Committee. A brief should not exceed 30 pages and may include annexes to help understand the situation (setting in the local social/cultural context, the press, etc.). The brief must be sent to the CCBE, which will forward it to the Jury.
More information: https://www.ccbe.eu/actions/events/amicus-curiae-contest/#c3985