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Cartel Law Moot Court 2018 of the BWB

The University of Linz wins the 4th Cartel Law Moot Court, Second Best Team: WU Vienna 1.

Best Speaker is Raphaela Virgolini (Team WU Vienna 2), Second Best Speaker: Mario Gasselsdorfer (Team Linz).

The Cartel Law Moot Court, which took place on 24th May 2018, was organized again by the Austrian Federal Competition Authority together with the law firm DORDA and the European Law Students Association (ELSA). Numerous students applied to participate in the competition.

Infront of a fictitious Cartel Court the Students had to demonstrate their ability to present a profound legal and fact analysis and rhetoric. This year’s case concerned a selective distribution system for tablets. The respective distribution agreements include a rebate scheme and an online plattform through which the producer collects sales information, which is then used by an algorithm to calculate individual recommended resale prices for each retailer.

Team University of Linz with their coach Dr. Lettner and the President of the Austrian Constitutional Court Dr. Bierlein:

Best Speaker Raphaela Virgolini with the President of the Austrian Constitutional Court Dr. Bierlein:

All Winners of the Moot Court 2018 with GD Dr. Thanner, President Dr. Bierlein and the Jury (Dr. Harsdorf, Prof. Jäger, Dr. Kühnert and Mag. Schaller):

The Teams were coached by the following law firms:

  • Team Juridicum 1 (CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten)
  • Team Juridicum 2 (bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte OG)
  • Team WU 1 (Haslinger | Nagele & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH)
  • Team WU 2 (Dr. Peter Thyri)
  • Team Graz (Eisenberger Herzog Rechtsanwalts GmbH)
  • Team Salzburg (Taylor Wessing)
  • Team Innsbruck (Binder Grösswang Rechtsanwälte GmbH)
  • Team Linz (Hintermayr Burgstaller & Partner Rechtsanwälte)

The Jury was formed by the following persons:

  • Dr. Natalie Harsdorf, LL.M. (BWB)
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Jaeger, LL.M. (University of Vienna) 
  • Dr. Heinrich Kühnert, M.Jur. (Dorda)
  • Mag. Nikolaus Schaller (Cartel Court)

The jury based its decision on the students' ability to present a profound legal and fact analysis, techniques in argumentation and rhetoric, the time management in the oral hearing and team work.

"The Cartel Law Moot Court is an important interface between science and practice. Congratulations to all participants", The President of the Austrian Constitutional Court Dr. Bierlein in her closing speech.

"We are very excited about the enthusiasm for Cartel Law. It's great to see, that former members of the Moot Court are becoming new colleagues", Dr. Kühnert (Dorda)

"I am very pleased to see, that there is so much joy and passion of the participants presenting the case in court. So I do not have to worry about the younger generation in Cartel Law", Director General Dr. Thanner.

Because of its great success, the Cartel Law Moot Court will be held again in 2019.