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International Institute of Air and Space Law

International Air Law Moot Court Competition

The International Air Law Moot Court Competition is a unique opportunity for students seeking to gain experience in the development of arguments in the field of international law and international air law, while also establishing contacts around the world.

Air Law Moot Court

12th Air Law Moot Court | St. Petersburg / Online

The International Institute of Air and Space Law of Leiden University is pleased to announce its plans for the 12th Air Law Moot Court. Our goal is to have  an international round in-person in the second half of May 2021, if possible, but with a back-up plan for an online competition if public health measures and travel restrictions so require.

Together with co-founder of the competition, the Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation from India, and our envisaged hosting partner, the Institute of Air and Space Law AEROHELP, we will assess at the end of 2020 the possibility of organizing a real life event in the second half of May 2021 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The specific dates will be decided and communicated at a later date but before the end of the year.

In case a public event is deemed not possible or too uncertain, we will host the Moot Court online with a selection of teams based on performance in the written and pre-selection rounds.

We invite Universities having an interest in international (air) law to register a team for the Competition before 10 November 2020. More practical information can be found below.

CASE
This year's case concerns the dispute between the Democratic Republic of Broccoland and the Federal State of Lettucia and revolves around an endangered aircraft and the responsibility of air navigational facilities. The dispute raises questions of international law and international air law.

The case can be downloaded from the list of documents, as well as the Rules of Procedure, the National Rules of Procedure (in case a national round is required), the time schedule and other relevant documents.

Practical Information

The deadline for registration is 10 November 2020. Teams can register by sending an registration emailincluding the following information:

  • Name of University:
  • Country:
  • Team members: (first + family name, gender)
  • Coaches: (first + family name, gender)
  • Attachments: Student cards or registrations at the university

Registration is completed successfully when the registration fee (see below) has been paid and received. Only teams participating in the international competition are required to pay this fee, it does not apply to teams that must engage in a national round (see below).

The deadline for payment of the registration fee (€ 150 per team) is 16 November 2020. The registration fee is for administrative expenses on our end and not a payment towards, for instance, the costs of accomodation. Please transfer the amount to:

Swift: ABNANL2A
IBAN: NL80ABNA0566427710
Address: Gustav Mahlerlaan, 1000 EA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Account name: International Institute of Air and Space Law

**For registration in the National Rounds, please follow the same procedure as registration for the International Rounds. However, only the winning teams of the national round that qualify for the international rounds shall be required to pay the registration fee of EURO 150.

Teams are required to send an electronic copy of both Applicant and Respondent Memorials by 8AM (CET) on 1 February 2021 at the latest via e-mailAt the same deadline, each team must also have provided (by e-mail) proof of dispatch/shipment of one hard copy of both an Applicant and Respondent Memorial to Leiden at the below adress:

Leiden University
International Institute of Air and Space Law
Attn. Mr Niall Buissing
P.O.Box 9520
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

In addition, nine hard copies of applicant and respondent memorials have to be sent to the moot court venue. An official postal address of the venue will be communicated at a later date to teams that registered successfully.

National Rounds

Where more than three teams from one country register to participate in the Competition, a National Pre-Selection Round shall determine which top teams will represent that country in the International Rounds.

In previous years, national rounds have taken place in the below countries. If, when and how these rounds will take place this year will be communicated to the teams concerned as soon as possible. 

With 20+ teams registering for the competition, India has the most challenging pre-selection round. The national round in India is organized by the Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation

  • Date: TBD 
  • Location: Army Institute of Law, Mohali, TBC 
  • Submission of memorials / Deadlines: TBD

More practical information regarding this national round will be communicated by the national partner after the registration has closed.

The national round in China are organised by the Air Law Association of China Law Society, the China Maritime Arbitration Commission, the International Cooperation and Service Center of CAAC and China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL)

  • Date: TBD 
  • Location: TBC 
  • Submission of memorials / Deadlines: TBD

More practical information regarding this national round will be communicated by the national partner after the registration has closed.

The local organizer responsible for the organization of the national round in Russia is the Institute of Air and Space Law AEROHELP in St. Petersburg in collaboration with the Russian Arbitration Center in Moscow.

  • Date: TBD 
  • Location: TBC 
  • Submission of memorials / Deadlines: TBD

More practical information regarding this national round will be communicated by the national partner after the registration has closed.

For registration in the National Rounds, please follow the same procedure as registration for the International Rounds. However, only the winning teams of the national round that qualify for the international rounds shall be required to pay the registration fee of EURO 150.

Becoming involved

Are you interested in promoting the Competition in your country or region? Would you like to sponsor this event, a specific team or to learn more about advertsing possibilities? Contact us for more information.

Contact

For questions please send an email to: airlawmootcourt@law.leidenuniv.nl

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