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, and the Asia Pacific. The winning teams of the regional
rounds will meet in the World Finals in Jerusalem, Israel in October 2015 during the
annual IISL Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, in the framework of the
International Astronautical Congress (IAC). The Final Round is traditionally judged by
three judges of the International Court of Justice.

The Problem presents issues relating to the response to a threat to the Earth posed
by the risk of collision with a Near Earth Object (NEO). The problem also addresses
the utilisation of natural resources of the celestial object, and liability for damages
occasioned by the NEO.
The contact details for the Regional Rounds are:

  • AFRICA: Adv. (Ms.) Lulu Makapela – lachsmoot-africa@iislweb.org
  • ASIA PACIFIC: lachsmoot-asiapacific@iislweb.org
  • EUROPE: ECSL – lachsmoot-europe@iislweb.org
  • NORTH AMERICA: Dr. Milton (Skip) Smith – lachsmoot-northamerica@iislweb.org

The name of the 2015 Moot Problem is “Case Concerning Planetary Defense (United
Republic of Adventura (URA) v. the Sovereign Peoples Independent Democratic
Republic (SPIDR)”, and is available using the link below:-


2015 problem