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Telders Moot Court Competition


Admission requirements

Bachelor degree in Law.


The Telders International Law Moot Court Competition aims to educate students in legal practice. The Competition also stimulates team work and European integration. Each year student teams are presented with a Case involving a fictitious dispute between two States. This dispute is put before the United Nations’ principal judicial 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. However, because Leiden University organizes the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition, Leiden may always participate in the Competition. 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.
h3. Course objectives

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.

Achievement levels
Knowledge: After a successful completion of this course, the student has acquired knowledge of legal rules pertaining to the areas of law which relate to the case. 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. Further, it will train them in applying rule of public international law to a particular set of facts. 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 basis to discuss substantive work on the memorials and to practice oral skills.

Assessment method

Examination form(s)
The students are graded for their overall performance in the Telders Moot Court Competition.

Submission procedures
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.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials

Recommended course materials



Contact information


  • 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

  • E-mail:




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