Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition

Each year the ECSL organises, together with the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), the European Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition (MLMC). The regional winners from Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and North America then compete in the World Finals which are held in conjunction with the annual International Astronautical Congress.

The World final of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition has the distinction of being judged by three sitting judges of the International Court of Justice.

The 2018 MLMC European Rounds

The ECSL is pleased to announce that the 2018 European rounds of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court will be co-organised with the Lisbon Nova Law School, in Lisbon, Portugal. The competition will be held from the 21-24th of May 2018.

There will be no fee to enter the European rounds, but participants are expected to arrange for and cover their own travel and living expenses in Lisbon. 

The regional winners will be sponsored to compete at the World finals which are organised by the International Institute for Space Law, at the IAC 2018. The IAC is an annual meeting forum for the global space community, and will in 2018 be organised in Bremen, Germany from 1-5th of October.

Registration information:
To register for the 2018 Competition fill out the Registration Form + the IISL Licence in the right hand side bar, and return it by the 31st of January 2018. The submission is to be made to the Executive Secretary, Ms. Mari Eldholm, at

The form can be completed electronically.

 For any questions or inquiries please contact the Executive Secretary.

Deadlines for the 2018 European Rounds:

  • 15 January 2018: Deadline for Submission of Requests for Clarifications
  • 30 January 2018: Deadline for the Author of the Problem to give Response to Requests for Clarifications
  • 31 January 2018: Deadline for Team Registration
  • 2 March 2018: Deadline for Submission of Written Memorials for Regional Rounds
  • 21-24 May 2018: Regional Oral Rounds at Nova Law School, Lisbon, Portugal


Useful links:

Manfred Lachs Moot Court 2018 Official Poster Access the image

The most recent European Rounds have taken place in:

2017: University of Helsinki, Finland

2016: University of Strathclyde Law School, UK

2015: Belgrade Union University, Serbia

2014: University of Wroclaw, Poland

2013: Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

2012: University of Bucharest, Romania

2011: State University of St. Petersburg, Russia

2010: University of Szechenyi Istvan, Hungary

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