May 15, 2009

Uppsala University defends its Swedish Law Championship title in 2009

“This should be compulsory for all law students. It is a concrete and practical way to apply knowledge in a manner that is not offered in our curriculum,” says Rebecca Hellgren, who participated on one of the two teams representing Uppsala University at the Swedish Law Championship 2009.

For the second year in a row, Uppsala University took home the prize as the best university at the Swedish Law Championship, a nationwide moot competition in litigation. The competition was arranged this year by the Student Law Association of Umeå University, with Mannheimer Swartling once again acting as the main sponsor. The annual competition is also supported by the Association of the Swedish Law Championship, a non-profit organisation founded by the law associations of the universities in Lund, Uppsala, Stockholm, Umeå, and Göteborg – an association that expanded in 2008 to include the Student Law Association of Örebro University.

“Good test”

The twelve teams that advanced to the finals on 24 April first participated in regional qualifying competitions . The finals were held at the Supreme Court of Sweden in Stockholm and the competing teams had an opportunity to present their legal skills before the justices of the Supreme Court. The case they had to work with was fictional and had been designed by Torgny Håstad, a justice of the Supreme Court and professor emeritus, who also served on the jury for the competition. The case had been provided to the finalists right after the regional qualifying competitions and each team was designated to represent either the plaintiff or the defendant – this gave the participants sufficient time to prepare and ensured a high level of quality in the final competition which consisted of six tough and exciting rounds in one day.

- It’s incredibly exciting to get the opportunity to plead orally in this fantastic setting and in front of people representing so much legal knowledge, said Lena Kvick from Uppsala, who participated as a defendant with Rebecca Hellgren.
- It’s also a good test to determine whether this is what you want to do in the future, she continued.

The other team from Uppsala University, with members Nicklas Lagerlöf and Alexander Rosic Sevelin, was awarded the prize for best team for the plaintiff. During the banquet held in the evening, Alexander Rosic Sevelin was also awarded Mannheimer Swartling’s Prize for Best Individual Performance in Litigation. The award includes a trip for two to visit Mannheimer Swartling’s office in Berlin. The best team for the defendant was Daniel Waerme and Fredrik Jostadius from Lund University.

Stockholm awarded special prize in rhetoric

Lena Westrup and Susanna Lundqvist, representing Stockholm University, received a special prize in rhetoric for having added both feeling and a sense of drama in their pleadings on behalf of their fictional client.

- It was a fantastic experience to plead before the Supreme Court, to face an opponent as well as to learn to think like a client, said Susanna Lindqvist.

Apart from the title and the honour, the winners received SEK 10,000 each and as the winner, Uppsala University also gets to take home the cup for another year.


                          Photo: Lena Westrup and Susanna Lindqvist, receivers of 
                          special prize in rhetoric.