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The Children's Rights Moot Court Competition 2021

Wednesday 7 April 2021 - Friday 9 April 2021
(exact time of start and ending to be confirmed)
Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden

Given the continuously evolving Corona-measures we are not sure if we can meet you in Leiden, and if so, under what conditions. The Children’s Rights Moot Court may be offered online instead. We will share any information regarding this as soon as possible.

The bi-annual Children's Rights Moot Court (CRM) is a three-day competition, consisting of two days of preliminary rounds, and the final round on the third day. 


The CRM 2021 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.


Children's Rights Moot Court Structure

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.

Children's Rights Moot Court Case

The CRM involves a fictitious case which involves a dispute between a state and a child/group of children. For each edition, Leiden Law School’s Department of Child Law assigns a duly qualified person to draft the case. 

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.

Oral Pleadings

During the CRM, 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).


For all questions relating to the CRM 2021, please contact the moot court administrator:

Ms. Chrisje Sandelowsky-Bosman, LL.M

Leiden Law School, Leiden University

E-mail: c.m.sandelowsky@law.leidenuniv.nl


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