The Manfred Lachs North America (the North American Regional Competition) is traditionally held annually in Washington, DC. on a Friday and Saturday at the end of March or the first weekend of April. The Competition is judged by experts in the field of space law and provides an opportunity for student teams to meet many of those judges after the competition is over.

The Regional Competition selects the winning team that will be funded to travel to the International Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition.The winner of the regional round will represent the North America region at the World Finals, to be held in conjunction with the International Astronautical Congress.

The North American Regional Competition also welcomes teams from Caribbean countries.

Update July 2021: The International Institute of Space Law’s Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Committee and the Space Court Foundation are pleased to announce they have signed an agreement whereby the SCF will be the exclusive organizer, fundraiser, manager, and promoter of the North American Regional Competition.  The Lachs Moot is an international moot court competition with five Regions:  North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific.  About 100 law schools from around the world participate in this prestigious competition each year.  The five Regional winners participate in the world finals, which involve preliminary rounds and a final round between the top two Regional winners before three judges from the International Court of Justice.  Nathan Johnson, the SCF Executive Director, will remain as the Regional Organizer of the North American Regional Competition.

20 September 2022 (Tuesday)

Registration Opens

15 December 2022 (Thursday)

Deadline for Submission of Requests for Clarifications
Deadline for Early Registration
31 January 2023 (Tuesday)Deadline for the Author of the Problem to give Response to Requests for Clarifications
Deadline for Regular Registration
24 February 2023 (Friday)
Deadline for Submission of Memorials

17 – 18 March 2023 (Friday-Saturday)

North American Oral Rounds –  Washington, DC

Participating in the 2018 Manfred Lachs competition was without a doubt the highlight of my law school experience. 

Being a new team going into the North American regional round, we went into the competition with no expectations. Now that my team has finished our run, we feel blown away by how rewarding the Lachs competition actually was. Getting to argue in front of subject matter experts—literally the people who wrote the books you cited in your memorial—is not something you get to do every day. At the international rounds in Germany, we had the fortune of meeting three sitting ICJ judges, and we even were able to have dinner with them at the IISL awards banquet! 

I sat one seat away from Judge Gevorgian and had a friendly chat with Vice President Xue. All of this took place within the context of having access to the International Astronautical Congress, the largest annual space conference in the world. My team feels very grateful for the outstanding experience we have had in the Lachs competition. As our coaches will tell you, this competition is special in the level of access it gives you to experts in the field and the opportunities it provides. 

Above all, the best part of the Lachs competition is its inclusiveness and fairness. This was LSU’s first time competing in Lachs, and LSU Law does not have any space law experts laying around. With a lot of hard work, using general international law as our bedrock, my team was able to win the regional round as a first-year team. To me, this is symbolic of the field of space law: freedom of access for all teams, regardless of economic or scientific development. If you are motivated enough to invest in the competition, Lachs promises to be an incredible experience. 

Read about the experiences (in Spanish) of the Team here

Winners of the 2022 North America Regional Round

“Skip Smith” Best Team: George Washington University Law School

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    Winners of the 2021 North America Regional Round

    18 schools
    40 judges
    One champion: George Washington University Law School

    Thank you to our sponsors: Milbank and the Space Court Foundation. 

    And to our Final’s Judges: 

    Spring 2021

    60th Anniversary of First North American in Outer Space!​

    Image credit: 4 cent stamp, USPS​

    Winners of the 2019 North America Regional Round​

    The McGill University Team won the North American Regional Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition.

    2018 North American Rounds

    At Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC​

    Winners of the 2015 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition​

    In 2015, the University of Mississippi Law School has won the International Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition.