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Moot court competition


Course objectives
The course Moot court competition offers students skills training in research, analysis, legal writing and pleading through the participation in a litigation simulation.
Students are asked to analyse an air law or space law case, either from the claimant’s or from the defendant’s perspective, taking into account the applicable law and case law. They have to prepare oral pleadings and draw up written submissions, which will be argued before a panel of judges. Students will learn to present a well-structured argument, both in writing and orally.
Four different moot courts are offered for participation:

  • International Air Law Moot Court (Public air law)

  • Internal Haarlem Moot Court (Private air law)

  • Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court

  • Internal Space Law Moot Court

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course, students:

  • are able to write a well-structured and reasoned brief on a specific air law or space law related question;

  • are able to present their arguments in a clear and convincing way before a panel of judges

International Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL)
Law School, Leiden University
Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES Leiden, Netherlands
Postal address: P.O. Box 9520, 2300 RA Leiden, Netherlands
Phone : +31 71 527 8081

Methods of instruction
Students prepare for these competitions as a team, and are supervised by a coach. Students must prepare written and oral submissions and carry out extensive research. Preparations are intensive, but the results are rewarding as students improve their knowledge, their oral and written skills, as well as their team-working capacities.

Course materials


  • Written briefs/memorials - 50% of final grade

  • Oral pleading - 50% of final grade

Course requirements
Master degree in law