The International Institute of Space Law (“IISL”) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that by unanimous vote, it has approved Latin America as its 5th Region. Latin America joins the North American, European, Asia Pacific and African Regions. Regional winners receive financial support to attend the World Finals. The IISL’s Lachs competition is particularly distinguished by the tradition of judges of the International Court of Justice presiding over and judging the World Final. The World Finals take place within the framework of the IISL’s annual Colloquium, which is a part of the International Astronautical Congress held on a different continent each year. The Lachs competition offers an unparalleled learning experience to all teams at all levels in a fair and cordial environment. Latin America demonstrated through test rounds the last two years that there is sufficient interest in Latin American law schools to sustain a viable Regional competition. The IISL congratulates the Latin American Regional Organizer, Professor Jairo Becerra, and Assistant Regional Organizer, Professor Laura Gamarra, from the Universidad Católica de Colombia, and all those who worked to achieve this objective. Funding for travel of the winning Latin American team to the World Finals will be provided by the Space Network for Latin America and the Caribbean – ReLaCa ESPACIO.
Results of the 2020 test round
The 2020 Latin American Round of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition was held online on May 22nd at the ReLaCa colloquium. ReLaCa is the Space Network of Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were forced to cancel the oral portion of the Latin American round, and institute a memorial-only round, for which five teams registered and submitted written memorials. Team 01 from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile was the winner of this memorial round, and they had the opportunity to compete in an oral round against a team from the UAE, which they also won.
The registration fee is USD 100, which will contribute to the logistical expenses of the competition. Teams of 2 and 3 students from universities in Latin America can register here.
|2021 Manfred Lachs Latin America Registration Form|
The Problem for 2021
This year’s case concerns Mega-Constellations, Autonomous Space Operations and Freedom of Scientific Investigation and it can be found here.
|15 December 2020 (Tuesday)||Deadline for Submission of Requests for
|31 January 2021 (Sunday)||Deadline for the Author of the Problem to give Response to Requests for Clarifications|
|31 January 2021 (Sunday)||Deadline for Registration|
|30 April 2021 (Friday)||Memorials Due|
|17-18 June 2021 (Thursday – Friday)||Regional Final Oral Round – (Online or at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, Lima, Perú)|
|18 June 2021 (Friday)||Valedictory Ceremony (Prize Distribution Ceremony)|