THUAS team won the 43rd edition of the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition

The Telders International Law Moot Court Competition has been attracting the brightest law students from over 30 European countries from 1977. The competition consists of two rounds, the written memorial stage and the oral rounds. As part of the first round, students analyse a fictitious dispute and draft two fully-referenced memorials for Applicant and Respondent. In the second round, students represent their respective States through oral 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, including judges from the International Court of Justice and the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, lawyers and professors of law. The final round of the Competition is traditionally held at the Peace Palace in The Hague.

Students in an online meeting during the Telders moot

This year the fictitious dispute revolved around the issues of the law of the sea, treaty law and State responsibility.  The Hague University of Applied Sciences was represented by Ana Motamayor Aguiton, Urszula Baranowska, Mariatereza Kokaj and Luuk Breebaart. The team was coached by Ms. Leyla Gayibova and Mr. Paul Garlick. In light of COVID 19 crisis, the Grotius Centre had to cancel the oral round of the competition. However, on 11 June 2020, the organisers announced the results of the first round (memorial stage). THUAS team and the team from Heinrich-Heine-Universitat Düsseldorf had equal scores and both won the Best Overall Memorial Award. THUAS team also won the Second Best Respondent Award. This is the second time THUAS wins the competition and this success once again vividly demonstrates how competent our students are in the field of public international law.

The coaches, Ms. Gayibova and Mr. Garlick very much enjoyed working with the students. “Mariatereza, Ana, Urszula and Luuk all have exceptional research, team-work and communication skills which will serve them well when working towards their next academic or career goals.”

Likewise, the students thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Telders moot.

Urszula Baranowksa: “For me personally, the Telders Moot Court competition (unfortunately due to the circumstances only the written part of it) was a great opportunity to expand my public international law knowledge in very specific fields such as maritime delimitation. In all likelihood, this is not a sphere which would attract my attention was it not for the competition.”

Ana Motamayor Aguiton: “Despite not pleading in the oral rounds, my overall experience with Telders was extremely enriching. The competition taught me the importance of teamwork, and specifically of learning to listen to other’s perspectives. I certainly came out of this experience more confident and excited about my future endeavors in the field of public international law.”

Mariatereza Kokaj: “Participating in the Telders moot was one of the boxes I wanted to check starting from my first days in Law. Getting to number 1 was not the goal nor the expectation, and regardless of the result, I am simply happy for the enriching experience gained throughout the months.”

Luuk Breebart: “The topic and subject-matter were certainly interesting, and it allowed me to test my research capabilities in a field relatively foreign to me prior to starting this competition.”