The results of the René Cassin European Human Rights Competition (2020)

         The team of the Faculty of International Relations of the BSU took the 6th place together with the Saint Louis University (Brussels) among 32 teams, and the 1st place among teams that speak French as a foreign language, according to the results of the evaluation of written works (memos) in the framework of prestigious francophone René Cassin European Human Rights Competition.

         The team composition: Ms Victoria Merzlova (2nd course, specialty «International Law»), Ms Anna Skrigan (3rd course, specialty «International Law»), Mr Andrey Frantsuzov and Ms Elena Dorofeychik (3rd course, specialty «International Relations»).

         The students demonstrated a high level of preparation, responsibility, diligence and purposefulness, that allowed to achieve good results in spite of the highest level of competition. The team’s external consultant was Ms Olga Rezvanova, LL.M., Counselor of the Judge, Court of the Eurasian Economic Union. The team’s consultant was Ms Ekaterina Kaliuta, master student of the Faculty of International Relations.

         This year the jury of the competition decided to publish the team rating based on an assessment of their written works, in light of the cancellation of the semi-finals and finals of the competition due to the situation with COVID-19. The semi-finals and finals of the competition were scheduled for March 24-27, 2020 in Strasbourg (France) at the headquarters of the Council of Europe and at the European Court of Human Rights. It was also decided to retain the right for the teams to participate in the competition in 2021.

         It should be noted that the team of FIR BSU is the only team from the post-Soviet region that went through the written selection stage, and one of two teams that speak French as a foreign language.

         Participation of the BSU team in the René Cassin European Human Rights Competition was supported by the Council of Europe Information Point in Minsk.

         René Cassin European Human Rights Competition is the oldest competition, constituting an imitation of litigation in the French language, which is based on the European Convention on Human Rights. Open to students of legal and political sciences in Europe; organized by the Faculty of Law of the University of Strasbourg and the Rene Cassin Foundation with the support of the ECHR, the Council of Europe and numerous local and national partners.

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