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Telders Moot Court


Telders Moot Court

A Moot Court is a competition for legal educational purposes. The Ben Telders International Law Moot Court, named after the famous Dutch expert on International Law "Ben Telders", revolves around a fictitious case in Public International Law. It is separated into a written memorials stage and an oral pleadings stage. During the written memorials stage, the students prepare a memorial on behalf of the applicant and the respondent, based on a fictitious case.

The oral pleadings stage consists of pleading the case in front of judges during simulated trial rounds against other teams from various European universities. First, if applicable, the students are required to participate in a national round in Germany, and afterwards, if the team wins the national round, it will then compete in the semi-final/final rounds in The Hague, Netherlands against students from all over Europe. The final is held in the Great Hall of Justice in the Peace Palace in The Hague. The preparation for the oral rounds includes video analysis and intensive language training. The students will thereby improve their language skills and improve their confidence in presenting. In order to achieve this purpose, many pleadings will be held in front of professors, lawyers and practitioners.

During the complete competition the participating students will be coached by the Institute of Air and Space Law/ Chair for Public International Law, European Law and International Economic Law.

How do you benefit from the Moot Court?

From the many benefits, here are just a few:


·         Fun!

·         Highlight in your Curriculum Vitae

·         Self-assurance and training for your oral examination

·         Contact with Professors, Judges and Lawyers

·         Intensive preparation for the oral rounds including language training and video-analysis

·         First experiences in the application of law in front of international observers



Then send your application to the Institute of Air and Space Law including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, evidence of your English skills and your interests in Public International Law and any other relevant information. In depth knowledge of Public International law is not necessary.

The closing date for applications is always at the end of June. Please check our homepage for the current deadline or the notice board at the Institute.

Unfortunately students are not allowed to participate if they already have a Masters degree.

Contact: mootcourt(at)ilwr.de