Helga Pedersen was a Danish judge who had a remarkable and inspirational legal career. She was a student of Slagelse Gymnasium in 1930 and earned her M.Sc. from the University of Copenhagen in 1936. She was Secretary to the Ministers of Justice in Denmark during World War II. After the war, Pedersen attended Columbia University in New York, which was funded by an International Study Grant from the American Association of University Women.

After returning to Denmark, she became a Copenhagen District Court judge from 1947 to 1950. She was elected to the Danish Parliament in 1950 and was appointed Minister of Justice from 1950 to 1953. She continued to be a Member of Parliament until 1964, where she distinguished herself as an advocate of prison and penal reform and the advancement of women’s legal status. During this time, she was also a judge for both the District Court and the Appeals Court. She was later appointed judge to the Supreme Court. She was also named chairman of the Danish Women’s National Council. In 1950, she participated in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and served as a delegate at the UNESCO General Assembly.

In 1971, she was appointed the first female judge at the European Court of Human Rights. Other highly prestigious achievements of Pedersen include being a recipient of a gold medal from the Association of World Peace Through Law, becoming the first female commander of the Order of the Dannebrog as well as being a Commander of the 1st Degree. To this day, she serves as a role model to law students across Europe and beyond.

To honour Helga Pedersen, we named this moot court after her.


    The Competition simulates the procedures of complaints to the European Court of Human Rights.

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    The Competition provides a unique opportunity for students to experience the principles and implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights firsthand.


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    Are providing the first part of the selection round with the aim of selecting teams for the Final  Round. Registered teams have to send two Written Submissions, one for the Applicant and one for the Respondent.


    Are providing the second part of the selection round. Registered teams have to attend one Regional Round representing both the Applicant and the Respondent.


    The Final Oral Round is the last stage of the competition, where the best 18 teams compete. The Final is organised annually in Strasbourg with the pleadings taking place at the Palais de l’Europe and the European Court of Human Rights.


    Every member of the winning team is invited for the traineeship at the European Court of Human Rights.


    The Final Oral Round gathers 18 teams from all over Europe. It is a unique opportunity for networking with other participants and Judges.


    The Competition is a unique opportunity for students to gain practical experience comparable to real pleading in front of the European Court of Human Rights.