If you are interested in registering for an international competition, this page contains a list of every available international inter-varsity competition during 2016/17. Clicking on the name of the competition will direct you to the website for that competition.


Commonwealth Moot

The fifteenth Commonwealth Moot will be held in conjunction with the 20th Commonwealth Law Conference also being held in Melbourne in 2017.

The Commonwealth Moot is an initiative of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA) and the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA). It is an ‘invitation-only’ Moot, being limited to representative teams from regions of the Commonwealth only. The regions, for the this purpose, are; North America, United Kingdom, the Caribbean, South Asia (India), South Asia (Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka), South East Asia, Western Africa , Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, Australasia (Australia and New Zealand send separate teams), and the South Pacific.

Traditionally, the winner of the ALSA Championship Moot has been selected to represent Australia in this competition. Further details about the moot will be announced during 2016. 

ELSA Moot Court Competition (EMC2)

EMC2 is a simulated hearing of the WTO dispute settlement system. Teams prepare and analyze fictive case and present their arguments both for the complainant and the respondent in front of a Panel which consists of WTO and trade law experts.

Registration for the 15th edition of the ELSA Moot Court Competition will start in September 2016. The exact date will be published soon on the competition website.

GNLU International Moot Court Competition (GIMC)

Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) was set up in 2003 by the State Legislature of Gujarat with the intent of raising the bar of legal education in India. Since then GNLU has established itself as one of the premier law institutes in the country. The University strives to advance and disseminate learning and knowledge of law and legal processes and their role in national development. One of GNLU's most noteworthy attempts towards this goal is its flagship event the GNLU International Moot Court Competition (GIMC).

The 2016 competition was held in February. Details about the 2017 competition will be announced later in the year.

ICC Moot Court Competition

The ICC Moot Court Competition welcomes universities from all over the world for a large scale moot court simulating the proceedings of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Competition consists of an extensive six-day educational and social program, which brings together students of diverse backgrounds and cultures to The Hague to challenge their skills as future international lawyers. The final round is expected to take place in an actual ICC courtroom with ICC judges adjudicating.

Registration for the 2017 Competition will open in September 2016.

International ADR Moot Court Competition

The International ADR Mooting Competition is an international mediation and arbitration competition that is open to all universities. It is conducted by City University of Hong Kong in association with the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and UNCITRAL - Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RCAP).

Registration for the 2017 competition will open in March 2017.

International Environmental Moot Court Competition

Held at Stetson University in Florida during the fall semester, this competition provides an excellent opportunity for law students to explore issues of international environmental law in the context of a dispute before the International Court of Justice. The participants' memorials are evaluated by international environmental legal experts, selected with the assistance of the ABA International Environmental Law Committee, Section of International Law and Practice. Oral arguments are evaluated by local attorneys and judges who have experience in international law, environmental law, and appellate advocacy.

Registration for the 2017 competition will close in November 2016.

XI International Law Competition “Youth for Peace”

International Law Competition “Youth for Peace” is an annual contest for students from different countries. The participants are expected to demonstrate excellent knowledge of international humanitarian law, international public law and human rights law, as well as ability to adapt to the changing environment. The Competition provides students with an opportunity to enrich and extend their knowledge in the sphere of international humanitarian law through participation in the simulated armed conflict. In previous ten years the Competition has seen student teams from more than 35 countries around the world.

Preliminary applications are due by 2 May 2016.

International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot Competition

Murdoch University is pleased to offer the IMLAM Moot for the benefit of law students worldwide. The moot is a competition open to any students enrolled in a law degree (either undergraduate or postgraduate) who have not been admitted to practice. The moot problem will involve a dispute relating to commercial maritime law and the controversy will be determined before an arbitral tribunal pursuant to the L.M.A.A. terms or other recognised terms. Students need not have previously studied maritime law and in fact several past winning teams had no prior knowledge of maritime law before undertaking the moot.

Applications for the 2017 competition will close in Jan 2017.

Jean-Pictet Competition

The Jean-Pictet Competition is a week long training event on international humanitarian law (IHL) intended for students (undergraduate or above in Law, Political Science, military academies, etc.). It consists in “taking law out of the books”, by simulations and role plays, allowing the jury of the Competition to evaluate teams’ theoretical knowledge and practical understanding of IHL. To register, teams must consist of three students, from the same institution, none of whom has taken part in the Competition before and all of whom should generally be under than 30 years old.

The competition takes place in March and registration for the 2017 competition will open in late 2016.

LAWASIA Moot Competition

LAWASIA is an international organisation of lawyers’ associations, individual lawyers, judges, legal academics, and others that focus on the interests and concerns of the legal profession in the Asia Pacific region. LAWASIA facilitates its members’ participation in the most dynamic economic region in the world. Since its inception in 1966, LAWASIA has built an enviable reputation among lawyers, business people and governments, both within and outside the region, as a committed, productive and genuinely representative organisation.

The competition takes place during August each year.

Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition

The first Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition was held in 1992, when the Association of US Members of the IISL (AUSMIISL) invited Georgetown University, George Washington University and the American University to each send two teams to participate in a moot court competition during the first World Space Congress held in Washington, D.C., USA in 1992. In 1993, the European Regional Round was created and, after the death of Judge Manfred Lachs, the competition was renamed in his honour and memory. In 2000, the Asia-Pacific Regional Round was created and in 2011, the African Round.

Participation in the Competition has steadily increased over the years, and now sees a large number of teams from leading law schools in each of the regions. Currently, around 60 teams register each year to participate in the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition and numbers continue to grow. The IISL is looking at expanding the competition to Latin and South America in the future.

Registration for the 2017 competition will close in Jan 2017.

Price Media Law Moot Court

Established by the Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy at the University of Oxford in 2008, the Price Media Law Moot Court Programme aims to foster and cultivate interest in freedom of expression issues and the role of the media and information technologies in societies around the world.

The annual Price Moot Court Competition challenges students to engage in comparative research of legal standards at the national, regional and international levels, and to develop their arguments (in written and oral forms) on cutting-edge questions in media and ICT law. The Competition is currently comprised of five Regional Rounds (South Asia, Asia-Pacific, South East Europe, Middle East and Americas) and the selective International Rounds held in Oxford, gathering participants from countries as diverse as Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Greece, India, Lebanon, the Philippines, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, the UK and the USA.

The competition takes place during March/April and registration for the 2017 competition will open in late 2016.

National Law School and Trilegal International Arbitration Moot

The NLS Trilegal International Arbitration Moot (NLSIAM) has, since its inception in 2008, attempted to raise the bar for Moot Court Competitions in India. It has the distinction of being the only moot in India which gives students the opportunity to argue before a simulated Arbitral Tribunal, populated by expert arbitrators and practitioners. The moot has steadily garnered a reputation as one which deals with the most cutting edge issues in contemporary arbitration law.Through previous editions of NLSTIAM, participants and judges have had the opportunity to explore issues such as the recovery of costs, damages for loss and reputation, unjust enrichment and jurisdiction of the tribunal, arbitrator bias, confidentiality, and also deal with other contemporary developments in the field of law. Further, the moot provides an excellent forum for students, academicians and practitioners to come together. Previous editions of the moot have seen some of the biggest and most respected names in the field.

The moot takes place during May and registration for the 2017 competition will open in late 2016.

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

2017 will be the 58th year of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 80 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.

Thousands of law students from around the world will work all year long on the season's Jessup Problem that will focus on the the legality of cyber-surveillance and cyber-attacks under international law. 

Most students must first compete in qualifying competitions (mostly held in January-March) to earn the right to advance to the White & Case International Rounds held every spring in Washington, D.C.

Telders International Law Moot Court Competition

The Telders International Law Moot Court Competition passed its 30th milestone in 2007, and is still going strong. Since its humble beginnings in 1977, when only four universities took part, the Competition has today become the most prestigious and important moot court competition in Europe. Annually, teams from over 40 universities compete in the national rounds, with the winning teams going on to represent their countries in the international rounds held at Faculty Campus The Hague of Leiden University and the Peace Palace in The Hague.

The competition takes place during May each year. Registration for the 2017 competition will open in late 2016.

Willem C. Vis (East) InternAtional Commercial Arbitration Moot

The Willem C Vis East International Arbitration Moot (the Vis East Moot) is an international arbitration mooting competition, which is attended by up to 100 teams.  It is a sister moot to the Vis Moot held in Vienna each year.  The goals of both the Vis East Moot and the original Vis Moot in Vienna are the promotion and study of international commercial arbitration and the training of tomorrow's legal leaders in methods of alternate dispute resolution.

Willem C. Vis InternAtional Commercial Arbitration Moot

The goal of the Vis Arbitral Moot is to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes through its application to a concrete problem of a client and to train law leaders of tomorrow in methods of alternative dispute resolution.

The business community's marked preference for resolving international commercial disputes by arbitration is the reason this method of dispute resolution was selected as the clinical tool to train law students through two crucial phases: the writing of memorandums for claimant and respondent and the hearing of oral argument based upon the memorandums -- both settled by arbitral experts in the issues considered. The forensic and written exercises require determining questions of contract -- flowing from a transaction relating to the sale or purchase of goods under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and other uniform international commercial law -- in the context of an arbitration of a dispute under specified Arbitration Rules. In the pairings of teams for each general round of the forensic and written exercises, every effort is made to have civil law schools argue against common law schools -- so each may learn from approaches taken by persons trained in another legal culture. Similarly, the teams of arbitrators judging each round are from both common law and civil law backgrounds.

Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition

The Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition is an international human rights law moot court competition. In 2009 the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Regional Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Southern Africa (ROSA)), organised the inaugural World Human Rights Moot Court Competition. Participation in the Competition is open to students from all universities in the world. The Competition involves a written round after which teams are selected for the oral round. Teams argue a hypothetical case on issues of international human rights law, as if they were before a hypothetical world Human Rights Court, on the basis of the International Bill of Human Rights and other applicable (such as regional) human rights instruments. The Competition takes place annually around 18 July, which is Nelson Mandela's birthday.

Registration for the 2017 competition will open in February 2017.