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Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition

 

 

Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition (named after Judge Manfred Lachs, former president of the International Court of Justice) is organized annually by the International Institute of Space Law. The aim of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court is to promote the interest in, involvement in and knowledge of space law among students by providing a fair and competitive environment for the exchange of thoughts and the deepening of understanding of space law.

During the first phase, the competition has regional rounds in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and Africa. Regional winners then compete in the world finals, held in conjunction with the annual International Astronautical Congress. The world finals of the Lachs Moot Court Competition have the distinction of being judged by three sitting judges of the International Court of Justice. This moot is of particular interest to students in the Master in Space, Communication and Media Law (LL.M.).

The Manfred Lachs team is supported by Planetary Resources.

Past performance highlights:

  • 2015-2016: Competed in European regional finals in Glasgow
  • 2016-2017: Competed in European regional finals in Helsinki

Testimonials:

When I decided to participate in the Manfred Lachs Moot court, I thought that it could be a good learning experience. However, I had no idea how gainful and enjoyable this competition would really be. The moot court was a challenging experience that enhanced my research, writing and presentation skills as well as my knowledge in public international law and international space law. It boosted my confidence to speak in public and offered me a great opportunity to meet and interact with highly recognized lawyers and professors as well as network with law students from all over Europe sharing the same interest in space law.
- Amélie Werbrouck (2015-2016)

The 2016 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition focused on topics that are becoming increasingly relevant in this area. It enabled me to enhance my legal writing, research, analysis and advocacy skills. Not only that, but I was also able to develop good communication and team-working skills. Not only did we dedicate much of our time and energy to writing our memorials and practicing our speeches, but also our coaches were always there to help us whenever we needed them. Throughout the whole competition I often asked myself what I had let myself in for. Nevertheless, I do not regret my decision to take part in this competition, since it was a really enriching experience for me.
- Cédric Roilgen (2015-2016)

2016-2017 Lachs Team at the European Final