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The Children's Rights Moot Court Competition 2023

Monday 19 June 2023 - Wednesday 28 June 2023


The bi-annual Children's Rights Moot Court (CRM) is an online competition, consisting of four days of preliminary rounds, quarter-final rounds, semi-final rounds and a final round. The CRM 2023 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.


Partnership with Baker McKenzie and Master Class

This event is organized by Leiden Law School in partnership with Baker McKenzie. Each team will be offered the opportunity to attend a dedicated master class on writing and pleading skills, offered by Baker McKenzie, enhancing students' capacities and chances to perform during 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.

Rules of Procedure

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. Please read the Rules of Procedure for 2023


Registrations for CRM 2023 is now open. Please use this link to complete your team registration.     

The deadline for registrations is Friday 17 March 2023.

Information Sessions

Information sessions about CRM 2023 took place for interested teams on the 9th of February. You can now access the recording via: Children's Rights Moot Court Competition 2023: Student Team Information Session (9 February 2023)

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.  The case for CRM 2023 is available here

International Panel of Evaluation

The memorials for the CRM shall be judged by the International Panel of Evaluation.

All participating teams are invited to nominate two (2) duly qualified persons to be members of the International Panel of Evaluation. It is up to the discretion of the teams to decide who would qualify to act as a qualified person in this regard. One could think of teaching staff of a university, a professional practicing law at an organization, alumni or previous participants of the CRM. Each member of the International Panel of Evaluation will evaluate a minimum of three anonymous memorials (excluding the memorials of the nominating team). The nominated persons may in no way be involved with his/her nominating team, or its preparation.

Time line

  • 20 January 2023: Announcement of the Moot Court Case 2023
  • Thursday 9 February 2023 Information Sessions by Leiden Law School (more information to follow soon)
  • Friday 17 March 2023: Registration deadline for teams and submission of nominations for the International Panel of Evaluation
  • Wednesday 31 March 2023: Submission of Applicant and Respondent memorials via email to the Administrator
  • Monday 5 June 2023: Teams will receive the Opponent’s Memorials via email
  • Monday 19 June to Wednesday 28 June 2023: Children's Rights Moot Court Competition

There will be no registration fees for teams this year.

Call for volunteers

We need lawyers and experts in children's rights to support us as evaluators and judges in the competition. Sign-up for judges and evaluators for CRM 2023 is now open. If you would like to support us as a judge or evaluator, please sign up via this link.


For all questions relating to the CRM 2023, please contact the moot court administrators via: crmootcourt2023@bakermckenzie.com

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