On 4-5 February 2021 the third edition of the Young Lawyers Contest was hosted on a virtual-reality island instead of face-to-face due to the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over the course of two days, the ten teams of selected young lawyers from 12 countries across the European Union successfully completed several rounds, including written presentations, a negotiation exercise and a moot court.


Professor Vanessa Knapp OBE, Independent Consultant and Visiting Professor at Queen Mary University of London, one of the jury members and an active member of our Friends of ERA association , commented:
“It was so rewarding to be involved with the Young Lawyers’ Contest. The young lawyers got to grips with important topics such as the effect of the pandemic on access to justice in the EU and the extent of MEPs’ immunity in the performance of their duties. They had the chance to practise their presentation and negotiation skills and to deal with virtual interactions with colleagues from other countries. The feedback has been very positive.”


Wendy de Bondt, Assistant Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Ghent, also a jury member, said: “The winning teams deserve praise for the quality of the written reports and their ability to disentangle very complex legal issues with a very clear and comprehensive presentation, both in the written assignment and in the oral first round.”

The prizes for the winning teams were generously donated by the Friends of ERA Association:


  • 1st prize of €2000 was awarded to Team 4:
    Laura Dorneanu, Romania
    Julius Malka, Finland
    Laura Coeckelberghs, Belgium
  • 2nd prize of €1,000 was won by Team 1:
    Robert Brodzik, Poland
    Rosanna Laurikainen-Klami, Finland
    Cindy Svihalek, Slovakia
    Oana Mirela Manu, Romania
  • 3rd prize of €500 went to Team 11:
    Piotr Bartosz Szczepański, Poland
    Andrea Stănică, Romania
    Alina Škiljić, Croatia

Congratulations to all the winning teams and individual competitors!



All participants of the Young Lawyers Contest obtained a certificate of attendance, which also indicates the number of training hours, as well as a free membership for one year of the Friends of ERA Association, which brings a number of benefits. The winning teams have also received a voucher for an ERA event of their choice, to be redeemed before the end of 2021.

This contest was the third edition of the Young Lawyers Contest and has been organised in partnership with the Warsaw Bar Association and with the support of the CCBE. The project is co-financed by the Justice Programme of the EU 2014-2020.


For more information see the dedicated website: younglawyerscontest.eu