European Rounds of the 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 European Rounds were successfully organised in:

2018: NOVA Law School, Portugal

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

The 2019 MLMC European Rounds

The 2019 Manfreds Lachs Moot Court will be organised by the ECSL in collaboration with the University of Paris-Sud. The competition will be organised in Paris, France, from the 21st to 24th of May.

Changes for the 2019 European Rounds competition

The 2019 competition will feature a number of changes from previous European Rounds.  In light of the growing number of teams taking part in the competition, it will be introduced:

  • Additional preliminary rounds. Each team will plead four times, twice as the Respondent and twice as the Applicant
  • A set of Supplemental European Rules for the European rounds, which will supplement the IISL Official Rules.
  • There will be a registration fee of 200 Euros per team
  • The competition will commence the morning of the 21stof May. Registration for the competition may already be organised the evening before, on the 20thof May (subject to how many teams sign up for this year’s competition and how many sessions we need to organise). This information will be communicated to all teams after the registration deadline.


To register, see details on the website of the ECSL here. The registration form is available here.

Timeline for the 2019 European Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court

  • 15 January 2019 (Tuesday) Deadline for Submission of Requests for Clarifications
  • 31 January 2019 (Thursday) Deadline for the Author of the Problem to give Response to Requests for Clarifications
  • 31 January 2019 (Thursday) Deadline for Team Registration and Payment of Fees
  • 25 February 2019 (Monday) Deadline for Submission of written memorials
  • 21 – 24 May 2019 (Tuesday – Friday) European Rounds will be organised with the University of Paris-Sud, in Paris, France

If you have any questions regarding the competition please contact the ECSL Secretariat: [email protected]

Activities and resources

Visit the Lachs resources page to access many useful documents, links to other sites, memorials examples, guide to prepare memorials and oral arguments and much more.


Official Lachs Moot rules
Supplemental European rules 

IISL Young Scholars Awards

The IISL Young Scholars Fund was created in 2011 to support the achievements of students participating in each of the four Regional Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition. The Fund grants monetary awards in the following categories:

  • Winning Team: 200 Euros
  • Team with the Best Memorials: 125 Euros
  • Best Oralist of the Regional Round: 100 Euros

The Young Scholars Fund has been formed and is largely maintained by donations from IISL members, to honor the very significant achievement of these students.

Contact details

Email the ECSL Representative at: [email protected].


2018 European Rounds in Lisbon, Portugal (photo credits: ECSL)