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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 Challenge, 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, and her team won the Moot Court Competition at the Balkan Case Challenge held in Vienna, Austria in May.   

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

Blerta, another Rule of Law Initiative intern Naim Spahiu, and fourteen other students from the University of Pristina Law Faculty represented Kosovo in the Balkan Case Challenge.  Once in Vienna, each person in the Moot Court tournament was then assigned to a four member team, each person from a different Southeastern European country. 

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


For more information, please contact Arianit Osmani at [email protected]