The Faculty of Law of the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church hosted an international competition designed for law students, called a moot court, between 18-20 March 2013. The language of the moot court, which was called "The 2013 Károli Pre-Moot Sessions" was English. Competing teams came from the University of Oxford, Northwestern University from Chicago, Centre for Transnational Legal Studies from London, the Pontifical Catholic University, Sao Paolo, from Brazil, and the host Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church. However, the students’ countries of origin displayed an even more colorful picture, since the teams from The United Kingdom and The United States had students from China, Korea, Canada and Germany.

“It was our pleasure to host the foreign students. We were proud to see that law students visited us from such distant locations as Brazil or the United States, representing such renowned universities world-wide as the University of Oxford” – said Dr. Péter Antalóczy, dean of the Faculty of Law.

The three-day event was completed with an international student conference, where students from participating countries described their own systems of legal higher education. The comparison of the different models of legal higher education (American, Brazilian, UK and Hungarian) provided an opportunity to come to interesting conclusions regarding the contents of the law curriculum, its duration, admission requirements, tuition or the employment opportunities of fresh law graduates. The system that appeared to be the closest to the Hungarian one was from Brazil, where legal higher education is also a five-year undivided degree program based upon civil law traditions.

Additional social programs – such as an opening reception, sightseeing, museum visit, spa-experience, wine tasting with lecture – made the Pre-Moot even more enjoyable.

Dr. Gábor Palásti, associate professor, chief organizer of The 2013 Károli Pre-Moot Sessions

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