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Leiden-Sarin Moot Court Team 2022

Janet Kočo (25) was born in Frankfurt a.M. and graduated from the Quirinus Gymnasium, Neuss in 2015.

 Before starting her studies in European Legal Linguistics at the University of Cologne, which she successfully completed, she spent a month in an English language summer school in Eastbourne.

During her legal linguistics studies with a main focus on the European Union and the French language, she also took Spanish and Turkish language classes. She was always passionate about languages, since she grew up in a family environment with three first languages: French, Bosnian and German. At the same time, she also wanted to study law, that is why she enrolled in the Faculty of Law right after obtaining her bachelor’s degree. During her Legal Linguistics studies, she first encountered international law, which sparked her interest immensely to specialize in International and European Law. She also spent a month abroad as an intern in an international law firm in Istanbul, where she gained some insight into the job of a lawyer. As a Legal Linguistics student, she gained first experiences speaking in public as she had the opportunity to give a talk in the European Parliament in Brussels and in the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg during a university seminar class.

Participating in The Leiden Sarin International Air Law Moot Court Competition is a unique opportunity for her to improve her argumentation skills and to deepen her knowledge in international law and air law. She is looking forward to work with a team that is interested in the same field of law as she is and to meet like-minded students from all over the world.

Malte Amelung (22) was born in 1999 in Venlo (Netherlands). After moving to Germany at the age of three, he grew up near Frankfurt (Main) where he finished his high school (A-level) at the Albert-Einstein-Schule, Schwalbach am Taunus. He grew up in a bilingual environment (German and Dutch).

From the very early stages of his student life, he developed an interest in the fields of logic and debating, which led him to his first internship, at a corporate law firm in Berlin which emphasised on the fields of regulated markets (energy, healthcare, media and telecommunications), in the area of venture capital and policy-related issues.

Being inspired by this experience after finishing school he immediately started his law studies at the Goethe-University Frankfurt in 2017. As he wanted to learn more about the various aspects of law, he did many different internships, for example at the district court of Frankfurt in the special field of psychiatric care, where he learned about the different tasks of a judge and the procedures of the court. Following the above, he pursued another internship in a renowned law firm which specialised in the fields of tax law and commercial law, where he polished his skills in the areas of researching, assisting on cases and contract drafting. After his 6th semester he decided to enrol at the University of Cologne for the second part of his studies, in order to focus more on international law.

After two semesters there, he applied for the Sarin Leiden Moot Court in order to get further practical experience in international law and to get in touch with people with the same academic interests. He is really looking forward to delve into the amazing world of aviation law and to enrich his associated knowledge and skills.

In his leisure time, Malte likes to play the violin, something that led him to participate in the Frankfurt University Orchestra. He also is a passionate handball player and a coach for youth teams.

Natalija Djaković (21) was born in Altötting in 2000 and graduated from the Ruperti-Gymnasium Mühldorf am Inn in 2018.

After she completed her A-Levels she had an internship in the Serbian Embassy in Berlin, where she attended various conferences held by the Aspen institute, embassies and other hosts. Her duties included, the writing of reports about the aforementioned events and translating articles. Natalija, was eager to learn about the topic of Eastern European expansion of the EU and did a lot of research about current political developments. Furthermore, she enjoyed working in the field of the law of nations and decided to go to law school at University of Cologne in order to learn more about international law.

After her internship, she spent three months in Ghana and worked at Maranatha High School in Accra as a teacher. Currently she is in her third year of law school and works as a student research assistant at the chair for international relations and foreign policy. As student research assistant, she edits scientific surveys, essays and book reviews which are consequently published in a scientific journal. Furthermore, she participates at the Certificate in US Law Program, as she is always keen on learning about different legal perspectives from all over the world.

Besides English and German, she additionally speaks fluently Serbian and French and used the pandemic to attend French classes in order to improve her skills. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, skiing, boxing and reading.

Natalija, appreciates new challenges, enjoys working with her Leiden Sarin Moot Court Team and can’t wait to meet experts and like-minded students from all around the globe, who are interested in the same areas of law as she is.