Bachelor degree in Law.
Each year student teams are presented with a Case involving a fictitious dispute between two States. This dispute is put before the United Nations’ most important legal organ, the International Court of Justice (ICJ). It is up to the teams, composed of 4 students each, to defend the two States to the best of their abilities. Each team has to represent the States substantively both in writing and through pleadings before so-called moot courts. Per European country, only the university winning the national rounds may participate in the international rounds held in The Hague. The students’ memorials and oral argumentations are judged by legal experts. In this respect, the active involvement of judges from the real International Court of Justice, the Iran – United States Claims Tribunal, professors of law and Ambassadors schooled in international law guarantee the high intellectual standards of the Competition and its prestige.
Objectives of the course
The Telders Moot Court Competition aims to educate students in legal practice and such principles as the rule of law, civil society and fair play. The Competition also stimulates team work and European integration.
Knowledge: After a successful completion of this course, the student has acquired knowledge of legal rules pertaining to a specific field of law, depending of the case chosen. Participation in the Telders Moot Court Competition will also broaden their general understanding of international law.
Academic skills and attitude: The course aims at training the ability to investigate independently or in small groups relevant issues of both procedural and substantive law on the basis of knowledge gained in courses over the year. On the basis of this work, students should provide legal advice within a relatively short period of time. Students will have to use their academic skills and their creativity in finding arguments to defend a particular position. The writing and oral skills of students as developed throughout the year are further improved in this course. This course prepares students for international legal practice.
No specific time table. Time lines are determined by the Telders Moot Court Competition
Mode of instruction
Other methods of instruction
Students meet with their coaches on a regular weekly basis.
The students are graded for their overall performance in the Telders Moot Court Competition.
The paper must be submitted in accordance with the requirements of the Telders Moot Court Competition.
Areas to be tested within the exam
The examination syllabus consists of the required reading (literature) for the course, the course information guide and the subjects taught in the lectures, the seminars and all other instructions which are part of the course.
More information on this course is offered in “Blackboard”: http://blackboard.leidenuniv.nl/.
Obligatory course materials
Recommended course materials
Co-ordinator: To be announced.
Work address: Steenschuur 25
Institute: Public Law
Division: Institute for Public Law
Room number secretariat: KOG, Office B1.21
Opening hours: 9.00-17.00 hrs
Telephone number secretariat: 071-5277578
Belangstellenden die deze cursus in het kader van contractonderwijs willen volgen (met tentamen), kunnen meer informatie vinden over kosten, inschrijving, voorwaarden, etc. op de website van Juridisch PAO.