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Each year the ECSL organises, together with the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), the European Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition (MLMC). The regional winners from Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and North America then compete in the World Finals which are held in conjunction with the annual International Astronautical Congress. The World final of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition has the distinction of being judged by three sitting judges of the International Court of Justice. The winner of the European regional round will represent the European region at the World Finals, to be held in conjunction with the International Astronautical Congress.

The 2019 competition featured a number of changes from previous European Rounds.  In light of the growing number of teams taking part in the competition, it was  introduced:

  • Additional preliminary rounds. Each team pleads four times, twice as the Respondent and twice as the Applicant
  • A set of Supplemental European Rules for the European rounds, which supplement the IISL Official Rules
  • There is a registration fee of 200 Euros per team

    Report of the 2021 EUROPEAN Round of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition

    2021 RESULTS

    This year’s European Oral Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court took place from 31 May – 4 June 2021, and due to the ongoing pandemic, it took place online. However, the ECSL made sure that all teams could participate online this year, which lead to a record number of participants. More than 100 students, 25 Universities, 40 judges and 10 timekeepers took part in the competition. The ECSL thankfully had the help of ESA’s Videoconference team, as well as experts within ESA’s legal department, as the ECSL was the sole organiser of the event this year. The event can truly be seen as a success, as simultaneous online preliminary rounds needed to be held during which the teams battled for a spot in the semi-finals.

    Following three hard fought days of preliminary rounds with 25 Universities from across Europe, four teams continued to the semi-final rounds, which were judges by Prof. Steven Freeland, Sarah Moens, Alexander Soucek, Prof. Sergio Marchisio, Prof. Armel Kerrest and Prof. Maria del Carmen Munoz-Rodriguez. The four semi finalists were the University of Ljubljana, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Honorable Society of the Inner Temple. 

    After a day of semi final rounds, two teams proceeded into the final round, where both teams presented excellent arguments before the judges’ bench composed for the occasion of Prof. Stephan Hobe, Dr. Marco Ferrazzani and Jenni Tapio. The finalists of this year’s MLMC were the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Honorable Society of the Inner Temple.

    After intense deliberations by the judges, an online Award Ceremony was held to announce the various awards granted by the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) Young Scholar Fund:
    • Best Oralist: Batuhan Betin from the Honorable Society of the Inner Temple, United Kingdom (100 euros)
    • Best Written Memorials: Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (125 euros)
    • European Champions: Honorable Society of the Inner Temple, United Kingdom (200 euros)

    The ECSL wishes to congratulate Ms. Clare Parkhouse, Mr. Harry James Stuart Stratton and Mr. Batuhan Betin on their victory in the European Rounds and wishes them the best of luck for the World Rounds.

    As it has been the case for the past years, the European Best Oralist is offered the opportunity to benefit from an internship. For the 2021 edition organised by the ECSL, we are delighted to announce that the Best Oralist has been offered an internship at the European Space Agency within the legal department!

    The ECSL takes this opportunity to congratulate wholeheartedly the 25 teams from all over Europe which have completed the Written and Oral Rounds of the 2021 European Rounds of the MLMC!

    The ECSL is looking forward to seeing everyone next year hopefully in person in Vienna where the 2022 edition will be held!

    GROUP PICTURE OF THE 2021 MANFRED LACHS SPACE LAW MOOT COURT COMPETITION AWARDS CEREMONY

    The team winning the European MLMC Rounds 2021 was from the Honorable Society of the Inner Temple, United Kingdom.

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    Report of the 2020 EUROPEAN Round of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition

    2020 RESULTS

    The 2020 European Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court was organised by the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) in collaboration with the University of Vienna, in its capacity as local partner for this edition.

    In the context of the covid-19 outbreak, the in-person 2020 competition initially set to take place in Vienna, Austria, from the 31st of March to 3rd of April, at the margins of the UN COPUOS Legal Subcommittee, was cancelled and re-organised online for the first time.

    We are delighted to have welcome virtually the 4 teams with the highest scores selected during the Written Rounds, to proceed to the European Semi-Finals.

    After successfully completing the European Semi-Finals of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Online Competition on the 9th of June, the European Finalists proceeded to the European Final held online on the 10th of June.

    The European Final was open to registered teams to attend.

    The European Final opposed the University of Vienna (Applicant) against the University of Leiden (Respondent).

    Both teams presented excellent arguments before the judges’ bench composed for the occasion of Prof. Armel Kerrest (France), Prof. Stephan Hobe (Germany) and Mrs. Jenni Tapio (Finland).

    Ultimately the honourable Court ruled in favour of the University of Vienna (Applicant), to be the 2020 MLMC European Champions.

    The ECSL wishes to congratulate Ms. Rosanna Hoffman, Ms. Katharina Harreiter and Ms. Hristina Talkova on their victory in the European Rounds.

    We are looking forward to have them represent the European Region to the World Final organised online this year in the context of the covid-19 crisis.

    Following the European Final, an online Award Ceremony was held to announce the various awards granted by the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) Young Scholar Fund, as follows:

    • Best Oralist: Hristina Talkova from the University of Vienna, Austria (100 euros)
    • Best Written Memorials: University of Leiden, Netherlands (125 euros)
    • European Champions: University of Vienna, Austria (200 euros)

    In addition to these Awards, teams will also receive space law books and nice ESA/ECSL goodies to celebrate!


    As it has been the case for the past years, the European Best Oralist is offered the opportunity to benefit from a sponsored internship. For the 2020 edition organised with the University of Vienna, we are delighted to announce that the Best Oralist has been offered an internship at United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).

    The ECSL takes this opportunity to congratulate wholeheartedly the 20 teams from all over Europe which have completed the Written Rounds of the 2020 European Rounds of the MLMC!

    The ECSL is looking forward to seeing everyone next year hopefully in person in Vienna where the 2021 edition will be organised!

    WINNERS OF THE 2019 MANFRED LACHS SPACE LAW MOOT COURT COMPETITION

    The European team – made up of students from the University of Ljubljana – has won the International Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition. 

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    WINNERS OF THE 2019 EUROPE REGIONAL ROUND

    The University of Ljubljana Team won the European Regional Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition.

    2018 EUROPEAN ROUNDS IN LISBON, PORTUGAL

    © European Centre for Space Law

    PREVIOUS EDITIONS

    The European Rounds were successfully organised:

    2020: online

    2019: University of Paris-Sud, France

    2018: NOVA Law School, Portugal

    2017: University of Helsinki, Finland

    2016: University of Strathclyde Law School, UK

    2015: Belgrade Union University, Serbia

    2014: University of Wroclaw, Poland

    2013: Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

    2012: University of Bucharest, Romania

    2011: State University of St. Petersburg, Russia

    2010: University of Szechenyi Istvan, Hungary