THis year’s COMPETITION

The Case of the 2022 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition can be downloaded here.

The Synopsis of the 2022 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition Case can be downloaded here.

Synopsis of the case

CANDIDIA vs. XENOVIA

Case Concerning Registration and Damages Involving Objects Manufactured in Space

Candidia and Xenovia are two small nations with growing space sector activities, using many new technologies, such as 3-D printers and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to manufacture space objects in outer space. Candidia’s “Valerian 806” satellite is part of a mega-satellite constellation. It was manufactured in space, and deployed to low Earth orbit from the “Pacem” space station. Valerian’s owners defaulted on payments due. The creditor contracted for the Fenix-3 satellite, registered in Xenovia, to take possession of Valerian 806 and to relocate it to another orbit. In the process of taking possession, both the Valerian 806 and Fenix-3 satellites were destroyed in an explosion. Most of the fragments burned up in the atmosphere but some pieces survived atmospheric re-entry. Tragically, one large fragment of the Fenix-3 satellite struck a cargo plane of the Candidia military in flight, which crashed into the ocean killing all nine persons on board.
Unable to reach a resolution to their dispute by diplomatic means, both Parties have submitted their claims for compensation for damages to the International Court of Justice for adjudication.

On 23 September 2021, the Space Court Foundation hosted a webinar for the 2022 Orientation of the IISL Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition. The video is available below and here.