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2016 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition

The World Finals were held at the Paraninfo Enrique Diaz de León, University of Guadalajara, in Guadalajara, Mexico, on 29 September 2016. Total participating universities numbered 58 in the four regions.

The 2016 Moot Court Problem, Case Concerning Space Debris, Commercial Spaceflight Services and Liability (Banche v. Rastalia) was written by Prof. Yun Zhao (China).

Winner of the World Final of Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition and recipient of the Lee Love Award:

National and Kapodistrian University, Athens, Greece


Obafemi Awolowo University, City of Ile-Ife, Nigeria


McGill University, Institute of Air and Space Law, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Curtin University, Perth, Australia

Best Memorials, Eilene Galloway Award

McGill University, Institute of Air and Space Law, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Best Oralist, Sterns and Tennen Award

Ms Filareti Filaretou-Kouimtzi, National and Kapodistrian University

Semi-Final Judges

Orals: Dr Ulrike M. Bohlmann (Germany), Mr Dennis J. Burnett, Esq. (United States), Prof. Dr Sergio Marchisio (Italy), Prof. Dr Lesley-Jane Smith (UK), Dr Milton 'Skip' Smith, Esq. (United States), Prof. Yun Zhao (China).

Memorials: Dr. Michael Chatzipanagiotis (Greece), Dr. Philip De Man (Belgium), Ms. Icho Kealotswe (Botswana), Prof. Dr. Li Shouping (China), Mr. Maury J. Mechanick, Esq. (United States), Ms. Sherlene Monogamy (South Africa), Ms. Marcia Smith (United States), Dr. Yuri Takaya-Umehara (Japan) .

Final Judges

  • H.E. Judge Peter Tomka, International Court of Justice
  • H.E. Judge Xue Hanqin, International Court of Justice
  • H.E. Judge Kirill Gevorgian, International Court of Justice


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