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The first Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition was held in 1992. Participation in the Competition has steadily increased over the years, and now sees a large number of teams from leading law schools in each of the regions. Currently, around 60 teams register each year to participate in the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition and numbers continue to grow. The winners of each region gather for the world finals in September or October, held in conjunction with the International Astronautical Congress and the IISL Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space. The winner of the World Final is presented with the Manfred Lachs Trophy. In addition to the Trophy, awards are also given at the world finals for the best memorials and the best oralist.

Aug 01

2018 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Problem is Published UPDATED: 9 August

The 2018 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Problem is published below. Please contact your regional organizer for more information, and expect registration details to follow the conclusion of the 2017 Competition at the end of September. Lachs Moot Court Problem 2018 – Neapilia v Kalvion Final 9 Aug 2017 Lachs Moot Court Problem 2018 – …

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Feb 21

25 Years of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition

This book celebrates 25 years of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition of the International Institute of Space Law. It contains information grouped by year, including summaries of the Problems, names of participating schools, winners, runners up, best memorial and best oralist winners and more. There are numerous photos showing the hard work of students, …

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Feb 10

Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition – Responses to Requests for Clarification

The 2017 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition committee has issues the Responses to Requests for Clarification (Perovsk v. Titan). Download here  

Sep 30

2016 Lachs Moot Court winners

The World Finals were held at the Paraninfo Enrique Diaz de León, University of Guadalajara, in Guadalajara, Mexico, on 29 September 2016. Total participating universities numbered 58 in the four regions. The 2016 Moot Court Problem, Case Concerning Space Debris, Commercial Spaceflight Services and Liability (Banche v. Rastalia) was written by Prof. Yun Zhao (China). …

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Aug 15

2017 Lachs Moot problem

The 2017 Lachs Moot problem has been published. The case involves a dispute between Perovsk and Titan, historically peaceful neighbours on Earth, who find themselves in an emotionally charged conflict on the Moon involving lunar facilities, liability for damage, and space mining. Several novel aspects are involved including a withdrawal from the Outer Space Treaty …

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Oct 21

2015 Lachs Moot Court winners

The Lachs Moot competition World Finals were held at the Crowne Plaza Jerusalem Hotel at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem, Israel, on October 15, 2015. Total participating universities numbered 58 in the four regions. The 2015 Moot Court Problem, “Case Concerning Planetary Defense” (SPIDR v. URA)”, was written by Dr Frans G. von der Dunk …

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Dec 15

Correction/Clarification 2015 Compromis Case Caption

The names of the parties and their corresponding designation as Applicant and Respondent in the caption to the Compromis were inadvertently inverted from the order in which their submissions are made to the Court. To correct the error, the case is being re-captioned as SPIDR, Applicant, and URA, Respondent. We sincerely regret any confusion which …

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Nov 01

Updated 2014 Lachs Moot rules available

The Lachs Moot competition has updated its general rules. This document is available below. 2014 Lachs Moot Rules

Oct 01

2014 Lachs Moot winners

The 2014 World Finals were held at the Ministry of the Attorney General, Ontario Court of Law, Old City Hall, Toronto, Canada on 3 October 2014. Total participating universities numbered 61 in the four regions. The 2014 problem was the Case Concerning Satellite Electromagnetic Interference (Akera v. Mheni) authored by Mahulena Hofmann (Czech Rep.), assisted …

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Aug 27

2015 Manfred Lachs Problem

The International Institute of Space Law (IISL) released the Problem for the 24nd Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition in 2015. The student competition is based on a hypothetical space law dispute before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Preliminary competitions will be held between March and June 2015 in North America, Europe, Africa, …

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