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Pleadings & Memorials

The main objective of the Telders Competition is to challenge students to excel in international law, consequently testing their creativity and powers of persuasion orally and in writing in a friendly competition.


At the International Semi-Finals in The Hague, each team presents an oral argument for the Applicant and an oral argument for the Respondent in four of the sessions of the Semi-Finals: twice as Applicant and twice as Respondent. The oral arguments are judged by a Moot Court consisting of three judges.


Each team participating in the Competition prepares an Applicant's Memorial (A) and a Respondent's Memorial (B). These Memorials are judged individually by three members of the International Board of Review (IBOR).

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