Mooting competitions and legal clinics

Mooting competitions
Student teams of the Maastricht law faculty keep scoring high at international mooting competitions. During such mooting competitions, student teams work intensively on a hypothetical case. The format of the mooting competitions differ depending on whether they simulate a law office environment (client consultation competitions) or a court or arbitration environment (moot court competitions).

A client consultation competition simulates a law office consultation in which law students, acting as attorneys, are presented with a client matter. They conduct an interview with a person playing the role of the client and then explain how they would proceed further in the hypothetical situation.

In moot court competitions, student teams work intensively on a hypothetical court case, prepare written submissions, and finally plead on behalf of their parties against other universities in front of benches of judges or law professor.

For a list of mooting competitions our Faculty participate in, click on 'Mooting Competitions' on the left side menu.

For questions or requests on mooting competitions, please contact the moot competitions coordinator: Pauline Melin at

Legal clinics
Bringing reality in the classroom enhances student employability. We established two clinical education programmes that offer live-client or other real-life practice, reaching out to NGOs who need help in problem-solving and community-building. 
Read more about offering students real-life practice in the class room.

Participation in mooting competitions and legal clinics is extracurricular, no credits are granted within the programme      

Participation in mooting competitions and legal clinics is always subject to multiple variables. Check the student portal for more information on application and deadlines


More news items
  • The Maastricht University Faculty of Law team participated in and won the regional round of the Helga Pedersen Moot Court Competition. The team will be advancing to the final round in Strasbourg, France held at the premises of the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights. Many...

  • On Friday 16 February, the team from the Faculty of Law competed in the Dutch National Rounds of the Jessup Moot Court Competition, the oldest and biggest moot court in the world. After finishing as the first-ranked team in the preliminary rounds, the team won the Dutch Championship round and will...

  • Another great performance by our students at  Maastricht University Faculty of Law, finishing second in the IBA ICC Moot Court at the International Criminal Court in The Hague 2023. Many congratulations to the entire team, to Maraya being awarded best speaker and to coach Craig Eggett.

  • Our team from Maastricht University Faculty of Law won the 2023 Grand Final of the Helga Pedersen Moot Court Competition before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, ranking 1st out of 53 competing teams. Maastricht University was represented by Benedetta Talpo, James Sinatra,  Sadie...

  • On 15 July 2022, the finals of the Nuremberg Moot Court 2022 took place. Like last year, the competition took place online due to the Corona pandemic. In the finals, the winning team of Maastricht University, consisting of Dylan Jesse Andrian, Ekaterina Fakirova, Fikri Fahmi Faruqi and Nicole Binder...

  • The international finals of the International Client Consultation Competition took place from April 19 through 23. Host was Swansea University in Cardiff, Wales. Unfortunately, the competition was completely online. However, the Dutch team, consisting of first year (!!!) European Law School students...

  • From March 28 - April 2, 2021, Maastricht University competed in the International and European Tax Moot Court Competition 2020 – 2021 organized by the Institute of Tax Law of KU Leuven and the IBFD in cooperation with Deloitte.

  • Another significant victory for Maastricht law students in the Nuremberg Moot Court!

  • After four solid pleading performances in the preliminary rounds, Charlotte, Marc, Anna and Laura secured a place in the semifinals, together with the Universities of Cologne, Erasmus Rotterdam and Singapore Management University. The team did not manage to reach the finals, that was eventually won...