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Advocacy and Litigation


Admission requirements

Completion of at least one of the following courses:

  • Principles of Public International Law,

  • Intro to Social-legal Studies,

  • Sovereignty & Statehood.


The course Moot Court Advocacy and Litigation offers students skills training in research, analysis, legal writing and advocacy through the participation in a litigation simulation before a regional court, namely the European Court of Human Rights.

It is one of the few courses directed to obtain skills essential for both lawyers and other professionals involved with litigation: tackling legal problems in a structured way. The course includes a library instruction, training in argumentation, writing assignments and presentation skills training. It concludes with a final Moot Court session during which the students present an oral pleading as Applicant or Defendant before three judges (two practicing lawyers and a staff member of Leiden University).

The course Moot Court Advocacy and Litigation is intended for students studying in The Hague and offers students an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of a particular issue in International Law, namely the protection of human rights. The case problem distributed to the students presents a hypothetical or real lawsuit between an Applicant and a Defendant before the European Court of Human Rights. The course serves as an excellent preparation for a Moot Court competition in any field of law.

Course Objectives

Students will learn to present a well-structured legal argument, both in writing and orally. The learning objectives of the course are to develop oral and written skills and to learn to construct analytical arguments. At the end of the course students should be able to present a legal case before an audience in a convincing way. Students should be able to pursue research, develop an argument through critical analysis and present it in a clear and structured way.

The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:

  • The student is able to write a memo concerning a specific legal question.

  • The student is able to make a persuasive oral presentation before a panel of three judges/practitioners/experts.


Timetables for courses offered at Leiden University College in 2021-2022 will be published on this page of the e-Prospectus.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, tutorials, writing assignments, skills training.

Assessment Method


Reading list



Courses offered at Leiden University College (LUC) are usually only open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Leiden University students who participate in one of the university’s Honours tracks or programmes may register for one LUC course, if availability permits. Registration is coordinated by the Education Coordinator,


Dr. Meehea Park,