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Moot Court Competition


Admission requirements

Admission to the fulltime face-to-face advanced LL.M. programme in Air and Space Law.


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

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Write a well-structured and reasoned brief on a specific air law or space law related question;

  • Present their arguments in a clear and convincing way before a panel of judges.


Students can view the timetable in Brightspace.

Mode 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.

Assessment method

This course is assessed by means of written briefs/memorials (50%) and oral pleading (50%)

Only one retake may be granted to a student per course. No retake will be granted to a student who has obtained a weighted average grade for the course of 6.0 or higher, cf Article 12.2 Course and Examination Regulations. No retake will be allowed if a student has not taken the scheduled exam, or any other scheduled form of assessment, and handed in written proof of a conscientious effort to meet the deadline. This is without prejudice to justified reasons of health, family or any other force majeure that could prevent the student from attending class or from participating in the assessment, cf. Article 12.3. The grade obtained in the retake assessment will replace the grade of the failed assessment and will be included in the weighting of the grade for the course.

Reading list

Not applicable.


Students will be registered automatically for the course in uSis and Brightspace.


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


Disclaimer: This course has been updated to the best of our knowledge at the current time of publishing. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the fluctuating changes in lockdown regulations, all information contained within this course description is subject to change up to 1 September 2020.

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 after 1 September 2020, changes to the course description can only be made in the event of strict necessity and only in the circumstances where they do not impinge the interests of the students. Should there be a need for any change during the duration of the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis and will not be to the prejudice of students. Modifications after 1 September 2020 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board.