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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 training in research, analysis, legal writing and pleading skills through participation in a moot court (litigation) simulation. Students are asked to analyse an air law or space law case, taking the role of either claimant or defendant. Students are expected to identify the legal issues arising on the given set of facts, locate the relevant law and apply the law to the facts given to argue for the claimant or defendant. Students are required to draft written submissions and prepare oral pleadings, which will be given before a panel of judges. Students will learn to present well-structured arguments, both in writing and verbally.

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 this course (one of the selected moot court competitions), 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 and answer questions in a clear and convincing way before a panel of judges.


Students can view the timetable in Brightspace.

Mode of Instruction

Students prepare for the moot court competitions as a team under the supervision of a coach or coaches. Students must jointly prepare written and oral submissions and carry out extensive research. Preparations are time intensive, but the results are rewarding as students improve their knowledge, oral and written skills, as well as their capacity for team-working.

The written brief will be graded with a group grade; the grade for the oral part may be individual.

Assessment method

This course is assessed by means of:

  • A written brief/memorials (50%); and

  • An oral pleading (50%)

The course is successfully passed if a weighted average grade for the course is obtained of 6.0 or higher. 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.

If a student fails an assessment component that is part of an activity that cannot be retaken, the form of the retake will be up to the discretion of the relevant lecturer, cf. Article 12.1. 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 202.

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 after 1 September 202, 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 202 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board.