English moot courts


Subject-area WTO law
Language English

The ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law is a simulated hearing dispute before the dispute settlement system of the World Trade Organization, the global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. Sponsored by world’s top trade law firms and technically supported by the WTO itself, this extremely prestigious competition provides a unique chance to meet face-to-face top trade law experts and WTO officials, opening the doors to a future career in trade law. Participating teams prepare and analyze a fictitious case, prepare written submissions and plead both for the Complainant and the Respondent in front of a dispute settlement panel, with the Finals held at the WTO Headquarters in Geneva.


Maastricht University’s team (composed of Master students Elli Zachari, Florence Berten, Caroline Hammacher and Gerardo Navarro, and coached by Iveta Alexovicova and Denise Prevost) competed with the 25 best teams worldwide in the international round held from 19 to 23 June 2018 in Geneva. They qualified for the semi-final round between the 4 best teams in the world. There, our team was unfortunately defeated by the eventual winner of the entire competition, the team of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. The excellent achievement of our team was further strengthened by winning the prizes for the best written submission for the complainant and the best written submissions overall in the International Round. These prizes complement the team’s earlier prizes, won in the European Regional round of the competition, for best written submissions for the complainant, respondent and overall, and for best orator in the preliminary and semi-final rounds, awarded to Elli Zachari.

Coordination Denise Prévost and Iveta Alexovičová
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The EMC2 is a global competition, with teams coming from around 35 countries. It provides excellent networking opportunities, and successful participants may be recruited by trade law firms, offered WTO internships, or traineeships at the Advisory Centre for WTO law. The competition involves written submissions by all teams, regional elimination rounds taking place in 4 continents and a Final Oral Round in Geneva, where the best 22 teams from all over the world compete. The competition is held entirely in English. For more information, please click here.

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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