Law students participate in Council of the European Union simulation
On October 10 and 11, the FGV´s Rio de Janeiro Law School took part for the first time in a simulation of the Council of the European Union in Brazil. The event was held at Brasilia University Center and it was organized in partnership with the EU Delegation in Brazil. Undergraduate students Mariana Novotny Muniz (4th period) and Rodrigo Bellotti Azevedo (2nd period), under the guidance of Professor Paula Wojcikiewicz Almeida, formed one of the 28 participating pairs. The aim of the simulation was to encourage reflection within the academic community on a subject of interest to the EU: free trade agreement negotiations in the contemporary context.
In the simulation, teams from different education institutions each represented the interests of an EU member state within the Council of the European Union. The FGV´s Rio de Janeiro Law School team represented Cyprus in debates about the economy, politics and the environment, to establish a negotiating mandate for a future free trade agreement between the European bloc and a fictitious country called “Tradeland.” After two days of discussions and deliberations, the delegates managed to reach a consensus for the mandate, which was approved at the end of the second session.
The event was attended by the European Union’s ambassador in Brazil, Ignácio Ybañez. He took part in the closing ceremony and shared his view on the current political situation in Europe.
“This event is part of a long-term partnership between the FGV´s Rio de Janeiro Law School and academic projects supported by the European Union, currently coordinated by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence,” said Professor Paula Wojcikiewicz Almeida.