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The Children's Rights Moot Court 2017

woensdag 29 maart 2017 - vrijdag 31 maart 2017
Old Observatory
Sterrenwachtlaan 11
2311 GW Leiden
Old Leiden Observatory, Leiden Law School


The Children's Rights Moot Court 2017 is open to all university teams, consisting of a minimum of two, and a maximum of four students. Participating students should be actively enrolled in a Bachelor or Master programme of law. They should not possess any professional pleading experience.  Non-law students may be considered eligible, provided that they have a level of legal knowledge suitable to the competition.

Moot Court Structure

The Children's Rights Moot Court Competition is a three-day competition, consisting of two days of preliminary rounds, and the final round on the third day. The Competition is set to take place from 29 to 31 March 2017.

Programme Children's Rights Moot Court Competition 2017

The participating student-teams will be pleading a fictitious case which involves a dispute between a state and a child/group of children. This dispute is brought before a fictitious legal organ. It is up to the teams to defend the two parties to the best of their abilities. Each student-team has to represent the Applicant (i.e. child) and the Respondent (i.e. state) respectively, both in writing and through oral arguments.

Each team participating in the moot court competition will prepare an Applicant's memorial and a Respondent's memorial. Each memorial must not exceed 10.000 words.

Moot Court 2014, video

Moot Court Case

This years case has been prepared by dr. M. Klaassen and concerns the position of refugee children.

International Panel of Evaluation

All participating teams shall nominate two duly qualified persons to be a member of the International Panel of Evaluation. Each panel member will evaluate three anonymous memorials, excluding the memorial of the nominating team. The nominated persons may not be involved with the nominating team, or its preparations.

Winners of the CRM 2014

Oral Pleadings

During the moot court, each university team will plead four times, twice as Applicant, twice as Respondent. A team will not face another team twice during the preliminary rounds. Each court session consists of ninety (90) minutes of oral pleadings. Applicant and Respondent have forty-five (45) minutes each to plead. Each team may reserve up to ten (10) minutes for rebuttal or surrebuttal Per team, two Counsels will be representing the Applicant and the Respondent.


The order of the pleadings at one moot court session is as follows:

  • Applicant: Counsel 1
  • Applicant: Counsel 2
  • Respondent: Counsel 1
  • Respondent: Counsel 2
  • Rebuttal (Applicant Counsel 1 or 2)
  • Surrebuttal (Respondent Counsel 1 or 2).


To register your university, please submit a completed registration form  to childrensrightsmc@law.leidenuniv.nl. Registration closes on 14 October 2016.

Registration Fee

The registration fee for the participation in the CRm is €750,00 for teams from developed countries, and €295 for teams from development countries.

The fee does not include travel and/or accommodation costs. Participants are provided with one dinner, three lunches and one reception.

Time Schedule 2016-2017

  • Friday 30 September 2016: Announcement of the Moot Court Case 2017
  • Friday 14 October 2016 : Registration deadline for teams
  • Tuesday 18 October 2016: Confirmation of Registration
  • Friday 13 January 2017: Submission of Applicant and Respondent memorials via email to the Administrator
  • Friday 19 December 2016: Submission of nominations for the International Panel of Evaluation
  • Friday 17 March 2017: Teams will receive the Opponent’s Memorials via email
  • Tuesday 28 March 2017: Arrival of Teams in Leiden
  • Wednesday 29 March to Friday 31 March: Children's Rights Moot Court Competition 

Programme Children's Rights Moot Court Competition 2017


For all questions relating to the CRM 2017, please contact the moot court administrators:
Ms. Lieneke Louman, LL.M. 
Ms. Mette Léons, LL.M 
Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies 
Faculty Campus The Hague, Leiden University 
Turfmarkt 99, 2511 DP The Hague 
The Netherlands 
Tel: +31 (0)70 - 800 9575 / 9568 
E-mail: childrensrightsmc@law.leidenuniv.nl

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