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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 closed on 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 2023 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

The competition concluded on the 28th of June.

Award Winners of Children's Rights Moot Court 2023

  • Winner of the Children’s Rights Moot Court Competition 2023 – University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Finalist team – Tashkent State University of Law, Uzbekistan
  • Best Memorial for the Applicant – Moi University, Kenya
  • Best Memorial for the Respondent – Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Best Oral Argument for the Applicant – University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Best Oral Argument for the Respondent – Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Best Oralist (based on the Preliminary Round score) – Mallar Mitra, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, India


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

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