Human Rights Competition

Regulations - Human rights competition

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Who can take part?

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Art 1: The competition is open to all lawyers registered with a bar, irrespective of their nationality, language or age.

Art 2: All the candidates must justify their registration with a bar.

Art 3: If a candidate has already been a finalist in this competition, he or she must wait two years before being able to apply for the final again. The candidate may apply as many times as he or she likes, but may not be selected more than three times.

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Competition subject

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Art 4: Candidates must write a speech for the defence relating to a genuine, individual case of human rights' violation, taken from recent current affairs and proof of which must be provided and will be strictly required.

Art 5: The pleading must not exceed 9000 characters (included spaces). Its oral presentation must not last longer than 12 minutes. Speaking over the time limit would be unfavorable.

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Calendar of selections

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Art 6: Friday 3 November 2017: closing date for submitting pleadings to the Mémorial de Caen museum. The pleading text must be emailed as a Word document attachment to: avocats@memorial-caen.fr.

 

The registration for the competition must include the following 3 items:

1. Full version of the pleading in the format explained in the article 5

2. Justification of the registration with a bar

3. Proof that the subject of the pleading is a genuine and individual case

 

Art 7: The pleading text may not be amended in any way once submitted.

Art 8: Mid-December 2017: selection of 10 finalist lawyers. This selection will be made by a committee made up of representatives of the Bar of Caen, the City of Caen and the Mémorial. 10 pleadings will be selected for the final. The finalists will be told of the results of this selection over the phone or by email.

Art 9: Any pleadings written in foreign language shall be translated into French. Translation is provided by professional translators. The translation cost will be borne by the Mémorial.

Art 10: Lawyers selected for the final shall undertake (where applicable) to set about obtaining a visa as soon as their selection has been announced.

Art 11: Sunday 28 January 2018: final of the competition at the Mémorial de Caen. The 10 lawyers selected shall be invited to plead in public in front of a jury made up of experts in defending human rights.

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The final

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Art 12: On the day of the final, the lawyers shall go on stage to plead their case. The order in which they go on stage will be drawn at random before the competition.

Art 13: Candidates shall have no more than 12 minutes to plead their case; should they speak for longer, they may incur a sanction from the jury (barred from receiving a prize).

Art 14: The oral pleading must conform to the written pleading submitted to the Mémorial.

Art 15: The ten candidates selected can plead in the language of their choosing. On the day of the final, a translation into French will be offered to the jury and the public.

Art 16: The candidates shall be judged on the subject matter (individual and real case), soundness of their arguments, strength of conviction, their oratorical skill and keeping to the le time limit.

Art 17: Lawyers are asked to appear in court dress or the clothing in use in their bar.

Art 18: After deliberation by the jury and the public's vote, a prize-giving ceremony will end the day.

Art 19: The Mémorial de Caen museum shall see to organising and paying for the finalists' travel and accommodation expenses (transport, meals and 3 nights in a hotel in Caen for the finalists). All other expenses, particularly visa costs, airport taxes, insurance and other hotel nights, shall be borne by the finalist.

Art 20: The candidate shall see to organising and paying for the travel and accommodation expenses of any guests accompanying the lawyer selected for the final.

Art 21: By participating in this event, candidates agree that pictures and videos may be taken during their presentation and during the entire event. The pictures may be used by the press, on social media or by the Mémorial de Caen Museum. They also agree that their text may be used in whole or in part for the promotion of the competition.

Art 22: The selected speeches will be published and available on the day of the final.

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Cancellation of the competition

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Art 23: In the event of major bad weather preventing half or more of the candidates from attending, the Mémorial de Caen museum is entitled to cancel the finale.

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The prizes

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Art 24: Two prizes are awarded by the jury

The Memorial and city of Caen award: € 8 000

Offered by the Mémorial and the city of Caen.

Bar award: € 4 000

Offered by the National Council of Bars (Conseil National des Barreaux), the Conference of Presidents of the Bar (Conférence des Bâtonniers), Caen Bar and Paris Bar.

Art 25: One prize is awarded after the public vote

Public award: € 4 000

Offered by the National Council of Bars (Conseil National des Barreaux), the Conference of Presidents of the Bar (Conférence des Bâtonniers), Caen Bar and Paris Bar.

Art 26: According to the data protection act of 6 January 1978, the candidates have a right of access and rectification of their personal information.

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