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2020 MLMC Announcement Poster

Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition

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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.

In the context of the covid-19 outbreak, the 2020 Manfreds Lachs Moot Court will be organised remotely by the ECSL in collaboration with the University of Vienna. The competition was set to take place in Vienna, Austria, from the 31st of March to 3rd of April, at the margins of the UN COPUOS Legal Subcommittee. 

Please follow the link below for more information about the competition amid the covid-19 outbreak:

See the link below for general information about the competition (2020 case, requirements etc...)

The 2020 MLMC European Rounds

2020 MLMC Announcement Poster
2020 MLMC Announcement Poster

The 2020 European Rounds competition

The competition was set to take place in Vienna, Austria, from the 31st of March to 3rd of April, at the margins of the UN COPUOS Legal Subcommittee. 

The 2020 MLMC Competition was set to be organised concurrently with the 59th session of the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee taking place in Vienna, Austria from the 23 March - 3 April. However, in the context of the covid-19 outbreak the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, in its capacity as Secretariat of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and its Subcommittees, has decided to cancel the two-weeks session of the Legal Subcommittee.
More information on UNOOSA website following here:

Registration (closed):

In order to register for the competition please complete the following steps:

1)      Fill out the Registration Form (link at the bottom of the page)

2)      Fill out the IISL Licence (link at the bottom of the page)

3)      Pay 200 Euros to the ECSL account in accordance with instructions listed below

4)      Obtain a proof of payment (a screenshot will suffice)

Send all the requested documents to the ECSL Executive Secretary by midnight the 23rd of December (CET).

Each team must have one faculty advisor. In addition, a team may have one assistant advisor. Only members of the team will be submitted to the competition, allowed entrance to social events and be allowed to observe closed pleadings for their team.

Registration fee:

The 200 Euro (TWO HUNDRED EURO) registration fee per team, can be made to the ECSL via bank transfer to the following account:

BNP Paribas (FAO ESA/ECSL). IBAN: FR76 3000 4008 2800 0126 8329 176.BIC: BNPAFRPPXXX

Please mark your transfer with the name of the team member making the payment and university name. For example: First name Last name – University of XXX.

Extensions regarding the payment of a fee may be granted, but an extension need to be requested and approved via email before the registration deadline on the 23rd of December. If your team is unable to finance the fee before this date we advise you to get in contact with the ECSL well in advance.


We remind all teams to carefully read both sets of rules applicable to the European Rounds:

Please note that Article 3(2) of the MLMC Official Rules issued by IISL was changed as follows (bold text):
“(2) The teams shall consist of no less than two (2) and no more than three (3) students who are registered students within six (6) months prior to the date of their relevant Regional Rounds. Students eligible to compete include but are not limited to candidates for an LL.B, LL.M, J.D. or equivalent degree, but shall exclude Ph.D. students and students who received an LL.B, LL.M, J.D. or equivalent degree three or more years prior to January 1 of the competition year.

Pursuant to a recent decision of the IISL Board to provide discretion to Regional Organisers to decide upon the applicability of the above-mentioned change of Rule, the ECSL has decided that this change of Rule (as written in bold text) is waived and therefore not applicable to the teams competing for the 2020 European Regional Rounds.
Please bear in mind that although the ECSL decided to waive the application of the change of Rule for teams of the 2020 European Rounds, the Rule change itself shall remain in effect.

Timeline for the 2020 European Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court

  • 15 December 2019 (Sunday): Deadline for Submission of Requests for Clarifications
  • 23 December 2019 (Monday): Deadline for Team Registration
  • No later than 31 January 2020 : Deadline for the Author of the Problem to give Response to Requests for Clarifications
  • 17 February 2020 (Monday): Deadline for Submission of Written Memorials for Regional Rounds
  • 31 March - 3 April 2020 (Tuesday – Friday): 2020 MLMC European Rounds - University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria - CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
  • 9 June 2020: European Semi-Finals of the 2020 MLMC (remote)
  • 10 June 2020: European Final of the 2020 MLMC (remote)

If you have any questions regarding the competition please contact the ECSL Secretariat:

Previous Editions of the European Rounds of the MLMC:

Manfred Lachs Moot Court 2018 Official Poster
Manfred Lachs Moot Court 2018 Official Poster

The most recent European Rounds have taken place in:

2019: University of Paris-Sud, Paris, France 

2018: NOVA Law School, Lisbon, Portugal 

2017: University of Helsinki, 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

2009: Faculty of Law of the University of Athens, Greece

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