June 11, 2007

Kosovo Intern Wins Moot Court Competition at Balkan Case Challenge

Blerta Gagica and Naim Spahiu, participants in the moot court component of the Balkan Case Challege, pose in front of Rule of Law Initiative office in Pristina, Kosovo


Blerta Gagica, an intern in the Rule of Law Initiative’s Kosovo office, andher team won the Moot Court Competition at the Balkan Case Challenge held in Vienna, Austriain May.   

The Balkan Case Challenge offers competitions in various fields of study,such as law, business, computer sciences and model United Nations. Participantsfrom South Eastern Europe have to win regional tournaments in order to advanceto the final round of competition in Vienna.The Rule of Law Initiative assisted with judging the Kosovo round of thecompetition and also offered two internship positions for the Moot Courtwinners. 

Blerta, another Rule of Law Initiative intern Naim Spahiu, and fourteenother students from the University of Pristina Law Facultyrepresented Kosovo in the Balkan Case Challenge.  Once in Vienna, each person in the Moot Courttournament was then assigned to a four member team, each person from adifferent Southeastern European country. 

After submissions of legal briefs and two days of oral argument, Blerta andthe other members of her team, which included a Romanian, a Macedonian and aBulgarian student, were awarded best in competition.  Fresh off hervictory, Blerta said that “the case was very challenging, and we asparticipants had to work hard to prepare for this competition.”  Blertaand her team members, as winners of the competition, recieved summer internshipoffers at the University of Graz in Austria. 


For more information, please contact Arianit Osmani at <aosmani@ceelikosovo.org>.