English moot courts

European Human Rights Moot Court Competition (EHRMCC)

Subject-area European Human Rights Law
Language English

The ELSA human rights moot court competition provides an opportunity for students to experience the practical application and implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights. The competition involves written submissions by all teams and a Final Oral Round at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg, where the best 20 teams from all over Europe compete. The moot court presents a unique opportunity for students to plead before the ECtHR, to engage in networking with other participants and Judges, and to win a traineeship at the ECtHR. For more information, please see https://ehrmcc.elsa.org/


Maastricht University was the only one out of all teams representing Dutch Universities that qualified for the final round. In Strasbourg, our team made it all the way to the semi-finals.


Jana Trifunovic and Sejla Imamovic

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The best 20 teams are selected on the basis of the written submissions. However, National and Local Groups of ELSA organise the EHRMCC pre-rounds, which participants may join to practice their pleadings and receive feedback. The participation in the pre-rounds is optional and does not influence the selection for the Final Oral Round. The competition is held entirely in English.

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

Subject-area Public international law
Language English
Description The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 645 law schools in 95 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. One team is allowed to participate from every eligible school. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case. The winner of the national (Dutch) round, which takes place in January-February, proceeds to the international rounds in Washington D.C. (April).
Successes Maastricht University won the Dutch National Rounds, proceeding to the international rounds in Washington, in 2015 and 2017. In the 2018 competition, the Maastricht team (consisting of Raphaela Nys, Megi Pengili, Yannick Weber and Olivier Chef) did exceptionally well being the only team that won all four of the preliminary rounds. Unfortunately, though, the team lost in an exciting final against Leiden University. However, we are very proud that Yannick Weber was awarded the best oralist prize for the Dutch national rounds.
Coordination Jennifer Sellin & Jure Vidmar with assistance of Laura Visser, Craig Eggett and other staff members of the Department of International & European Law.
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Next to the competitive matches during the international rounds, the Jessup also organises several educational and social events including the Go-National Dress ball, a seminar on pathways to careers in international law, documentary film screenings and the Final Gala and Announcement of Awards. See for more information the ILSA website and Facebook page

Willem C. Vis Moot Court Competition

Subject-area International commercial law
Language English
Description The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot is an international moot court competition. Since 1994, it has been held annually in Vienna, Austria attracting more than 350 law schools from around the world.
The goal of the Vis Moot is to encourage the study of international commercial law and international commercial arbitration.
  • 2nd place in the Munich All Rounds pre-moot in 2015;
  • 3rd place in the Munich All Rounds pre-moot in 2016;
  • 1st place in the Peace Palace (The Hague) Pre-Moot 2016;
  • Final Rounds (Round of 64) in 2016;
  • Honourable mention for the team for the Respondent memorandum in 2016;
  • Honourable mention for team in the oral rounds in 2016;
  • Quarter-Finals (Round of 8) in 2017;
  • Honourable mention for the team for the Respondent memorandum in 2017;
  •  Honourable mention for team in the oral rounds in 2017;
Coordination Willem Loof and Daniel On
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The problem for the moot is always based on a dispute arising out of an international sales transaction subjected to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, 1980 (CISG), containing an arbitration clause. Click here for the official website.

Nuremberg Moot Court on International Criminal Law

Winning team 2018
Subject-area International Criminal Law
Language English
Description Teams from all around the world will compete in Courtroom 600, the historic location of the war crimes trials of the Nazi regime. The competition simulates a pre-trial hearing at the International Criminal Court, and deals with challenging legal issues involving genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Participants will plead their case before renowned experts in international criminal law, including professors, practicing lawyers, and international judges.
Successes The team from Maastricht University has consistently advanced to the later stages of the competition, and has won the competition in 2015 and 2018
Coordination H. Brodersen and C. Eggett
More information A team of four students will be divided into teams representing the prosecution and defence, and each will be required to present their case in writing and orally. Preparation for this course is comprised of regular meetings centred on the development of written and oral advocacy skills, as well as substantive discussions on international criminal law, international humanitarian law, and public international law. Click here for the official website.

Jean Pictet Competition and Frits Kalshoven Competition on International Humanitarian Law

Subject-area International humanitarian law

The IHL Moot Court Team takes part in up to two competitions which focus on international humanitarian law, also known as the law of armed conflict. The Frits Kalshoven Competition, organised by the Dutch and Belgian (Flanders) Red Cross, consists of role playing, in which students take up the role of humanitarian workers and legal advisers in conflict situations, and mooting. In the Jean-Pictet Competition, organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross, participants take part in a week long role play and simulation of a fictional armed conflict, in which they are immersed in the practice of IHL. Both events are unforgettable experiences and excellent introductions into the world of humanitarian law and related fields.

Successes In the past years, the Maastricht teams have achieved various successes in these competitions. In 2015, the Maastricht team won the FKC. In 2016, the Maastricht team won the role playing component of the FKC and made it to the semifinals of the Pictet Competition.
Coordination Dr Wim Muller
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The All European International and Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition

Subject-area European international and humanitarian law

The All European International and Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition is organised by the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, in collaboration with the ICRC, the Slovenian Red Cross and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees office in Ljubljana. The competition follows a traditional format in which students prepare pleadings based on a case study and roles which are revealed at the competition.


The first edition of the competition was held in 2016. This year, Maastricht University is participating in the competition for the first time.

Coordination Dr Wim Muller
More information Please visit the official website of the All European International and Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition.

ICC Mediation Competition

Subject-area Mediation
Language English

The competition is not a traditional moot court as it is instead focused on solving business disputes in mock mediation sessions. It brings together students from a multitude of cultures with the aim of developing students’ soft-skills such as active listening, problem solving, negotiation skills and the generation of creative solutions.


In 2018, during the 13th annual ICC Mediation Competition week between 2nd – 7th of February a team of four students from the Faculty of Law, Sofia Paoletta, Elden Van Delft, Rebecca Kade and Albert Mhangami coached by Catalina Goanta, Kate O’Reilly and Paul Roos made it through to the quarter finals and placed in the top 8 out of 66 teams from over 32 countries.


Catalina Goanta

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The ICC Mediation Competition is the world’s largest moot exclusively devoted to international commercial mediation.

Taking place over the course of six days, students from diverse backgrounds will compete in around 150 mock sessions to resolve international business disputes through mediation. This competition provides a once-in-a-life opportunity for young talented students and experienced professionals alike to forge relationships, build skills and share best practices.

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