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Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Team 2023

v.l.n.r. Tom Filipov, Yolanda Rott Bermejo,  Katja Grünfeld (Coach) and Linus Klizting

Yolanda Rott Bermejo (21) was born and raised in Berlin, where she graduated from the Friedrich-Engels-Gymnasium, a Spanish-German high school, in 2020.

She began her law studies at the University of Cologne in 2022 and is currently in her third semester. In the summer before joining the Moot Court Yolanda did an internship in Barcelona, Spain and she is specifically interested in the supranational aspects of the law.

Her interest in international law led her to space law. Her curiosity to learn more about the Manfred Lachs Moot Court led her to becoming part of the University of Cologne Team for the 2023 competition.

The Moot Court offers Yolanda the ideal opportunity to study law beyond her regular study courses, and to improve her English skills in legal terminology. She is eager to develop a broader understanding of law in general, and international law in particular.

Linus Klitzing (28), born and raised in Berlin, has been studying law since the winter semester 2021/22. After starting his studies at Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf, he has been a student at the University of Cologne since the summer semester of 2022.
He successfully passed his intermediate examination in the summer semester 2023.

Linus Klitzing's interest in international law contexts and international cooperation motivated him to become part of the team for the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition 2024.
Linus Klitzing is an active member of the Refugee Law Clinic Cologne.

Before studying law, he studied music in Munich and Cologne and graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Cologne University of Music and Dance in 2021.
He regularly performs with his band in Germany and Europe.

Tom Filipov (21) was born in Greifswald and grew up in Leverkusen, where he graduated from the Werner-Heisenberg-Gymnasium in 2020.

He has been studying law at the University of Cologne since 2020 and is currently in his seventh semester. Alongside his studies, he works at Bird & Bird LLP Frankfurt am Main in the field of tax law.

He developed an interest in space law and adjacent international legal fields as a student assistant during his previous position at the Institute for Air Law, Space Law, and Cyber Law under Prof. Hobe, subsequently applying for the Moot Court.

For Tom, the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition presents a great opportunity to improve his Legal English and to learn more about legal fields outside of his regular studies. He is particularly excited about learning more regarding the interpretation of international treaties and advocating in the international competition with his teammates.