Cancelled Moot Court Competition

Course content

From 2021 all students enrolled on the Bachelors International Law course will enjoy the unique opportunity of joining the International Law Moot Court Team.
Mooting is a form of legal advocacy, modelled on genuine court proceedings, where teams compete against each other to present the most persuasive legal arguments before a judge. As a member of the Moot Court Team, students will benefit from the experience of arguing contentious legal issues before accomplished legal practitioners and judges. This is a unique opportunity for international law students to sharpen their legal reasoning and court presentation skills in a real-life setting, allowing students to access the benefits of advice and training from experienced lawyers in a friendly and supportive setting. It also provides the opportunity to interact with the legal community whilst allowing students to add notable skills and experience to their résumé.

All students who join the team will enjoy the benefits of training and competition in a practice round and internal competition. And for those dedicated members who wish to expand their skillset, there is now the opportunity to compete at the highest levels, in either the ILSA Jessup International Law Moot (final rounds in Washington DC), or the International Criminal Court Moot (final rounds in The Hague, Netherlands).
This is a unique opportunity for dedicated International Law students to prove their team skills in legal research and both written and oral argument, before judges in the highest international courts. It is also a unique way to meet fellow International Law students from around the world. Further details will be announced by the course leader during the introductory International Law lecture.


Learning outcome

Participation in the moot court competitions will allow students to improve their legal research skills, specifically the ability to identify relevant legal sources and to use inferential and analogical logic to present these in a coherent and rhetorically sound manner in support of a clinet case.
hus the students will enhance their skills in legal argumentation - both orally and in written form - as well as deepening their knowledge of international law adjudication and, in the case of the ICC moot, international criminal law, and ICC proceedings. Such engagement will deepen students’ knowledge of the topic. Participating students will also have the benefit of meeting likeminded students, practitioners, and experts in international law from around the world.
This will provide added career benefits to students, whilst allowing the faculty to demonstrate the quality of KU International Law teaching, and student abilities, in a global forum.

The students will work in teams of two, preparing for moot competition through a series of trial events which follow the standard conduct of a moot. A moot is a fictitious legal case usually set in an appeal court.
One team of advocates acts for the appellants and one for the respondents.
Each team usually has two advocates, a Junior Counsel and a Senior Counsel.
Each team presents arguments to the court either supporting or opposing the appeal. These are usually termed arguments for the appellant and the respondent.
The moot problem will usually be based around two grounds of appeal. One ground of appeal will be allocated to the Junior and one to the Senior as they decide, though the more difficult ground will generally be allocated to the Senior.
Each Junior usually has 10 minutes to present submissions. Each Senior usually has 15 minutes. This includes the time fielding interventions from the moot Judge.
The main aim is to be logical and persuasive, since the Judge determines which team of advocates have succeeded based upon the quality of their arguments, their skills in advocacy, and their teamwork.

The students will be required to analyse a serious of moot problems and cases totaling 400 pages of material.


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Completion of the Bachelors level course in International Law.

Students should have the ability to communicate fluently in oral and written English.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 min
Type of assessment details
Oral exam based on a synopsis, 20 minutes
Exam registration requirements

In order to attend the oral examination, it is a prerequisite to hand in the synopsis before the specified deadline. The deadline will be stated in the Digital exam.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 171,25
  • Seminar
  • 35
  • English
  • 206,25


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Bachelor choice

1 semester

  1. Students enrolled at Faculty of Law: No tuition fee
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Please see timetable for teaching time
Contracting department
  • Law
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator
  • Karen McGregor Richmond   (14-6f6576697232766d676c71737268446e7976326f7932686f)
Saved on the 26-07-2023

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