Basic knowledge of Public International Law and/or European law.
The idea behind the Moot Court course is that lawyers should be able to present a case, in a clear and convincing way, with good arguments and to refute, also clearly and convincingly with good arguments, the case presented by the opposite party. For this purpose the Moot Court course was designed as a combination of tutorials and mooting.
The practical training in the course is threefold: Library training (CD-Rom etcetera), writing papers and presenting a case orally. The cases presented in the course concern the subject of Public International Law, including the law of international organizations, and European Law. Whilst on the one hand students receive practical training, including in public speaking and rhetoric, on the other they are required to do some thorough research on the specific case allotted to them. The course consists of an introduction in 2 lectures, 5 tutorials (four-to-one basis), 5 video training sessions (four-to-one basis), 3 papers (amounting to 10 pages) and an oral presentation (pleading) before a court of 3 judges (2 practicing judges/attorneys, 1 faculty member). The pleadings are followed by a short reaction by both parties (rebuttal and surrebuttal). Pleading-sessions are open to the (student) public.
Attending all Moot Court activities is mandatory.
Objectives of the course:
The objectives of the course Moot Court Public International Law are to develop the skills of students in elaborating and formulating a thoroughly founded, clear and well structured legal argumentation, not only in writing but also orally.
Students who have completed the course successfully know what is expected of them as a practicing legal representative in a legal matter of some complexity. They are – up to a certain level – capable of acting independently for and pleading the case of a (fictitious) client.
See: http://www.leidenuniv.nl/rechten/osi/wg/ .
Mode of instruction
Number of (2 hour) lectures: 2
Names of lecturers: Mrs. A. Broekers-Knol
Required preparation by students: No specific preparation
Number of (2 hour) seminars: 5
Names of instructors: Mrs. A. Broekers-Knol, Mrs. E. Kentin
Required preparation by students: Library research, writing papers
Other methods of instruction
Description: Video training
Number of (2 hour) instructions: 5
Names of instructors: Video coaches
Required preparation by students: Preparation according to instructions
Oral exam: Presentation in front of a Moot Court
Papers: 3 (List of Arguments, Memorial, Memorandum of oral pleading)
Handout: Memorandum of oral pleading
Areas to be tested within the exam
More information on this course is offered in “Blackboard”: http://blackboard.leidenuniv.nl/.
Obligatory course materials
- See Reader
- A reader for this course is available at Onderwijsmaterialen, KOG, room A0.45
Recommended course materials:
- Literature on Public International Law and European Law
Students have to register for courses and exams through “U-twist”: https://ics06.leidenuniv.nl/tisweb/menu.
Coordinator: Mrs. A. Broekers-Knol
Work address: KOG, room A3.17
Contact information: Wednesday 14:30-16:00 through the secretariat
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7841/7627
Institution: Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Law
Division: Moot Court
Room number secretariat: KOG, room A3.13
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9:00-12:30 and 13:00-17:00
Telephone number secretariat: +31 (0)71 527 7841
Please note: this course is limited to 32 students (on a first come, first serve basis).