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Hugo Sinzheimer Moot Court Competition 2023

The Hugo Sinzheimer Moot Court Competition is a competition in European Labour Law for law students across Europe.
The aim of the Hugo Moot is to deepen and improve knowledge and insight into this field of EU Law, to offer students an opportunity to work and act like real lawyers arguing a case before a jury of judges, and to give an opportunity to learn in a setting that is different from the normal class-room learning experience. They work in groups, they meet and compete against students in an international setting, they get comparative insights from the case and meeting the other teams, they get deep knowledge about the subject matter and the element of competition adds an extra challenge.
The competition imitates real life court situations and addresses the most challenging and topical issues within the field of EU Labour Law and its application in Member States. During the competition teams prepare written statements, which are assessed individually, and oral pleas, which are performed at the oral finale in front of a jury panel consisting of internationally renowned experts and judges.


Hugo SinzheimerThe Competition is named after the German scholar and lawyer Hugo Sinzheimer (1875-1945). Hugo Sinzheimer is widely regarded as the founding father of labour law. Not only in Europe, but also internationally his works have had a profound impact. Sinzheimer, who united various perspectives on labour law, stands for a concept of social labour law.
Sinzheimer, with a PhD in law and economics from the University of Heidelberg, later became honorary professor of labour law and sociology of law at the University of Frankfurt. In 1933, Sinzheimer, who was Jewish, was forced to flee to the Netherlands. He immediately obtained a professorship in sociology of law at the University of Amsterdam, which in 1936 was followed by a second professorship in Leiden.
As a member of Weimar National Assembly, Sinzheimer was also actively involved in the construction of the Weimar Constitution, which contained rights regarding freedom of coalition and employee participation.
Since 1993, the Hugo Sinzheimer Institute of the University of Amsterdam has carried his name. In 2010, the Hugo Sinzheimer Institut für Arbeitsrecht was founded in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The Hugo Sinzheimer Moot Court Competition is institutionally embedded at The Hugo Sinzheimer Institute at the Law School at the University of Amsterdam.