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Telders Moot Court

Telders Moot Court

A Moot Court is a competition for legal educational purposes. The Ben Telders International Law Moot Court, named after the famous Dutch expert on International Law "Ben Telders", revolves around a fictitious case in Public International Law. It is separated into a written memorials stage and an oral pleadings stage. During the written memorials stage, the students prepare a memorial on behalf of the applicant and the respondent, based on a fictitious case.

The oral pleadings stage consists of pleading the case in front of judges during simulated trial rounds against other teams from various European universities. First, if applicable, the students are required to participate in a national round in Germany, and afterwards, if the team wins the national round, it will then compete in the semi-final/final rounds in The Hague, Netherlands against students from all over Europe. The final is held in the Great Hall of Justice in the Peace Palace in The Hague. The preparation for the oral rounds includes video analysis and intensive language training. The students will thereby improve their language skills and improve their confidence in presenting. In order to achieve this purpose, many pleadings will be held in front of professors, lawyers and practitioners.

During the complete competition the participating students will be coached by the Institute of Air Law, Space Law and Cyber Law/ Chair for Public International Law, European Law and International Economic Law.

How do you benefit from the Moot Court?

From the many benefits, here are just a few:

·         Fun!

·         Highlight in your Curriculum Vitae

·         Self-assurance and training for your oral examination

·         Contact with Professors, Judges and Lawyers

·         Intensive preparation for the oral rounds including language training and video-analysis

·         First experiences in the application of law in front of international observers

·         Academic recognition in the form of a Schlüsselqualifikationsnachweis and can be used as a Freisemester in the context of the regulations of study.


When does the Moot Court take place?

Beginning: October/ November 2024

Duration: approxemately one semester


Then send your application via email to the Institute of Air and Space Law ( including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a copy of your Abitur-certificate and your transcript of records. In depth knowledge of international law is not necessary.