THEMIS Competition 2017

The National School of Judges participated for the third year in THEMIS Competition, being present in four semi-finals:

In Semi-Final A, which was held in Sofia from 10th to 13th April, 2017 in the category “International Cooperation in Criminal Matters” the contestants were: Stauroula Augoystinaki, and Despoina Pandi, female students of the 22nd educational series in the direction of the Political – Criminal Justice, with the guidance and assistance of Lambros Tsogkas , a Prosecutor in the first instance court and member of the Faculty of the National School of Judges.

In Semi-Final B, which was held in Brussels from 15th to 18th May, 2017 in the category “European Family Law” the contestants were: Stefania Kapaktsi, Eirini Biniari and Sofia Cheimmara, female students of the 22nd educational series in the direction of the Political – Criminal Justice, with the guidance and assistance of Spyridonas Tsantinis, Professor of the Law School Democritus University of Thrace and member of the Faculty of the National School of Judges.

In Semi-Final C, which was held in Vilnius from 5th to 8th June, 2017 in the category “European Civil Procedure” the contestants were: Gerasimos Mafredas, Eirini Sartzetaki and Aggeliki Tzifa, students of the 22nd educational series in the direction of the Political – Criminal Justice, with the guidance of Pelagia Gesiou – Faltsi, Professor of the Law School Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the assistance of Parthena Ioannidou an Appeals Court Judge.

In Semi-Final D, which was held in Budapest from 3rd to 6th July, 2017 in the category “Judicial Ethics and Professional Conduct” the contestants were: Arhontia Vretta, Christos Makris and Foteini Sarantopoulou, students of the 22nd educational series in the direction of the Administration with the guidance and assistance of Spyridonas Vlaxopoulos, Professor of the Law School National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and member of the Faculty of the National School of Judges.
The competition was conducted in English and included the preparation of a written thesis on a subject selected from the group participating, presentation of the thesis and its support as part of the discussion that follows.

IMPORTANT AWARD FOR THE GROUPS OF THE NATIONAL SCHOOL OF JUDGES IN THE COMPETITION OF THE EUROPEAN JUDICIAL TRAINIG NETWORK (EJTN)

In Semi-Final A, the subject of thesis of the Greek team was “The Greek investigating Judge in front of a cross-border criminal case of counterfeiting and money-laundering". 11 teams from 11 countries took part in the competition (France, Germany, Czech Republic, Greece, Estonia, Italy, Hungary, Ukraine, Poland, Portugal, Romania). The first place went to Poland and the second to Czech Republic. The Greek team ranked the third place.

In Semi-Final C, the subject of thesis of the Greek team was "Mutual Trust: a Core Principle of EU Law or a Threat for the Protection of the Fundamental Right of Defence in the EU especially after EU Regulation 1215/2012". 7 teams from 7 countries took part in the competition (France, Germany, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Romania). The first place went to France and the second to Italy. The Greek team ranked the third place.

In Semi-Final D, the subject of thesis of the Greek team was "Judicial Ethics: Reflecting on their influence on Judges΄ private life" . 10 teams from 10 countries took part in the competition (France, Germany, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Spain, Netherlands ,Hungary, Poland, Romania).

The first place went to Greece which will participate in the Final that will be held in autumn in Bucharest.