- Basic knowledge of public international law
The course Moot Court LLC Public International Law offers students skills training in research, analysis, legal writing and advocacy through the participation in an international law litigation simulation.
Since 1992 Leiden University has an extensive and successful Moot Court programme. All law students in Leiden have to complete a compulsory Moot Court course in civil law, criminal law, administrative law, European law or public international law. It is one of the few courses directed to obtain skills essential for lawyers: tackling legal problems in a structured way. The course includes a library instruction, lectures in argumentation, writing assignments, presentation skills training and concludes with a Moot Court session.
The course Moot Court LLC Public International Law is intended for exchange students studying in Leiden and offers students an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of a particular issue in international law. The case problem distributed to the students presents a hypothetical lawsuit between two countries before the International Court of Justice. Issues can include the use of force, diplomatic and consular relations, international human rights, environmental law, state responsibility and law of the sea. The course serves as an excellent preparation for a Moot Court competition in any field of law.
Objectives of the course:
Students will learn to present a well structured argument, both in writing and orally.
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/practicioners/experts.
The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.
The course includes 3 plenary sessions on Thursday/Friday. Tutorials will be on Thursday/ Friday.
Mode of instruction
Number of (2 hour) lectures: 3
Names of lecturers: Ms. E. Kentin, Ms. dr. C.G. Breedveld-de Voogd
Required preparation by students: to be announced
Number of (1/2 hour) tutorials: 3
Names of instructors: Ms. E. Kentin
Required preparation by students: writing assignments
Other methods of instruction
Description: Presentation skills training
Number of (2 hour) instructions: 5
Names of instructors: to be announced
Required preparation by students: instructions in the reader
Writing assignments: list of arguments, memorial, memorandum of oral pleading
Oral exam: presentation before a Moot Court of three judges
Areas to be tested within the exam
General knowledge of and case specific knowledge of international law.
More information on this course is offered in Blackboard.
Obligatory course materials
- to be announced
Course information guide:
- See reader and Blackboard
- Available at Onderwijsmaterialen, KOG, Room A045.
Recommended course materials
- will be posted on Blackboard
Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis.
Coordinator: Ms. Esther Kentin
Work address: KOG, Room A309
Contact information: Moot Court Secretariat A313
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7841
Institution: Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Law
Division: Moot Court Department
Room number secretariat: A313
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9:00-12:30 and 13:00-17:00
Telephone number secretariat: +31 (0)71 527 7841