Telders International Law Moot Court Competition

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We are pleased to announce that the 39th Edition of the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition will be held from Thursday 19 May until Saturday 21 May 2016.

Telders Case 2016 (updated 16/12 following the requests for clarification

The Interception in the Vinous Sea Dispute
In the dispute concerning the interception of a vessel in the Vinous Sea, Telders participants will be confronted with a vast set of legal questions, bringing together different areas of international law which are often studied separately, such as freedom of navigation under the law of the sea, non‑refoulement of forced migrants, state immunity, immunity of state officials, and jurisdiction over cases of torture. The case also raises interesting procedural questions such as standing before the Court and the principle of indispensable parties. Above all, however, it was the intention of the authors to offer participants an opportunity to reflect on the legal implications of contemporary events.                    

Time schedule 2015-2016
Taking Part
Participation Fee
Guidelines for Writing a Memorial
Pleading Before the Court
Rules of Procedure
Travel and Accommodation
Contact details Telders Organizing Office
Supervisory Board

Review Report 2015 


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.

Through the Competition students are educated in legal practice and such principles as the rule of law, civil society and fair play. The Competition also stimulates team-work and European integration. Students and academics consider participation important, a great honour and a wonderful experience of a friendly and international competition never to be forgotten.

Each year student-teams are presented with a case involving a fictitious dispute between two states. This dispute is put before the United Nations' most important legal organ, the International Court of Justice. It is up to the student-teams to defend the two states to the best of their ability. Each student-team has to represent the states substantively both in writing and through pleadings before so-called moot courts. Per European country, only the university winning the national rounds may participate in the international rounds held in The Hague. The students' memorials and pleadings are judged by legal experts. In this respect, the active involvement of judges from the real International Court of Justice, the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, lawyers and professors of law guarantee the high intellectual standards of the Competition and its prestige. The final round of the Competition is traditionally held at the Peace Palace in The Hague.

Professor B.M. Telders

The aim of the Telders Competition is to prolong the legacy of Professor dr. Benjamin Marius Telders, who became a professor of international law at Leiden University in 1937. Telders was intensely interested in why and how law operated. Being in many respects still undefined and interwoven with history and politics, international law was an excellent challenge. Professor Telders was respected for his sharp mind and had the honour to represent his country frequently, including before the Permanent Court of International Justice. Even during the Second World War, Telders stood up for his belief in the rule of law and civil society, and as a result was sent to the concentration camp at Bergen Belsen, where he later died in 1945.

  University of Cologne wins the Final Round 2015

Congratulations to the Winners of the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition 2015: The University of Cologne! 

The Final Round took place in the Academy Hall of the Peace Palace on Friday 8 May. The Finalist Team was the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. 

The Democritus University of Thrace won the Max Huber Award for Highest Overall Score. 

Judge Peter Tomka, Judge Xue Hanqin and Judge Giorgio Gaja were the members of the Final Bench. 

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Youtube Video Telders Competition 2014

Telders Competition 2014

The Hague University of Applied Sciences won the Final round of the 37th Edition of the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition. The Finalist Team was the University of Tartu.




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