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16 December 2022

THEMIS 2022 Grand Final winner is… Romania!

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Team Romania wins the 2022 THEMIS Competition Grand Final!

Team Netherlands 2 wins the second place and Team Czechia the third place.

The THEMIS Competition Grand Final was held for the very first time in Belgrade, Serbia.

THEMIS continues to help develop the skills and cooperation between Europe’s future magistrates.

Congratulations to Team Romania, the winners of the 2022 THEMIS Competition!

Mr. Tudor Iulian Lazoc, Mr. Artiom Radu, Ms. Adelina Maria Tudurachi, accompanied by the tutor Ms. Amelia Onișor, won the honour for the team’s outstanding performance at the THEMIS Grand Final held in Belgrade, 12-16 December 2022.

In the second place came Team Netherlands II, represented by Mr. Vincent Abbing, Ms. Mirjam Hinskens-Van Neck and Ms. Maartje Speksnijder along with team tutor Ms. Katlijne  Van Den Berg Jeths-Van Meerwijk.

The third place was for Team Czechia, represented by Ms. Luisa Blahová, Ms. Jana Kapounová, and Mr Jan Šeba, along with team tutor Mr. Jan Straka.

Eight teams representing Austria, Czechia, Greece, Romania and two teams  of France and two teams of the Netherlands participated in the Grand Final. The teams prepared excellent written reports and delivered outstanding presentations and the Q&A sessions with each other and the members of the Jury.

The Awards Ceremony was held in the Serbian Constitutional Court with the warm welcome speeches from Ms. Snezana Markovic, President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Serbia, Ms. Jasmina Vasovic, President of the Supreme Court of Cassation, Mr. Markus Brückner, EJTN Secretary General, Nenad Vujic, Director of the Judicial Academy, Ms. Zorana Delibasic, Judge at the Supreme Court of Cassation and Member of the High Judicial Council, and Ms. Ingrid Derveaux, Secretary General Elect of EJTN. The auditorium had the chance to watch the message from Mr. Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Justice of the European Commission

Last year’s THEMIS Competition winner Mr. Luka Andjelkovic handed the THEMIS cup to the winning team together with the award of the one-week study visit of their choice in 2023.

Debate and discussion
This year’s THEMIS Competition began with the time-limited exercise of writing a legal paper-based topic dealing with human rights and access to justice.

EJTN warmly thanks the hard-working jury members who assessed the participants’ written papers, presided over the debates and deliberated each team’s performance. The Grand Final has been chaired by Mr. Grzegorz Borkowski, judge, international legal expert, former Head of Office of the National Council of the Judiciary of Poland. Other members of the Jury were Ms. Matylda POGORZELSKA, Judge at the Administrative Court of Vienna and President of the Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ), Mr. José Antonio DÍEZ RODRÍGUEZ, Senior Prosecutor, International Cooperation Unit in the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Madrid, and Ms. Morana Briski

EJTN further thanks to the Director of the Judicial Academy, Mr. Nenad Vujic for hosting the Grand Final, as well as all the supporting staff for their support in making this successful event.

Bringing together future magistrates
The THEMIS Competition brings together future magistrates from different EU countries at a time when they are undergoing entry-level training and enables them to share common values, exchange new experiences and discuss areas of common interest. The THEMIS Competition provides an ideal forum in which to discuss EU and international law subjects, promote exchanges and experiences between participants, increase knowledge, encourage critical thinking and foster professional networks.

EJTN proudly supports the THEMIS Competition, which continues to provide a genuine skills-enhancing experience for future EU magistrates.