The Academy of European Law (ERA) will hold two contests at the ERA conference centre, Trier, Germany on 13-14 February 2020 and 4-5 February 2021 respectively.

The competition will bring future lawyers from different European countries together at a time when they are undergoing entry level training to enable them to share common values and to exchange new experiences and discuss new perspectives in areas of common interest. Building a genuine European legal culture and fostering valuable synergies among legal professionals from different Member States will contribute to strengthening the areas of freedom, security and justice in the EU.


Trainees and newly qualified lawyers from countries participating in the Justice Programme of the European Union are eligible to enter in this competition.

Applicants from countries not belonging to the Justice Programme can also apply, but they will have to bear their own travel, catering and accommodation costs.*


Florence Hartmann

Head of Business Law

Academy of European Law


 The Young Lawyers Contest is supported by the CCBE and the Warsaw Bar Association.

 Further information on the contest can be found here.

*Please note that since the UK is not taking part in the Justice programme, lawyers from the UK can apply but will have to bear their own travel, catering, and accommodation costs. The detailed rules can be found here -