European Regional of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition Update

May 14, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From the University of Leiden:

The Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition 2010 – European Regional Rounds 2010 – Hungary, Győr, 27-30 April 2010

The International Institute of Space Law (I.I.S.L.) in co-operation with the European Centre for Space Law (E.C.S.L.) have again successfully organized the European Regional Rounds of the one of the most prestigious international moot court competitions, the Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot Court Competition.
The European Rounds
Ana Cristina Rosa, Christopher Johnson and Sotiria Tsoukala

Ana Cristina Rosa, Christopher Johnson and Sotiria Tsoukala

The European Rounds were hosted this year by the University of Győr in Hungary. Although initially scheduled to take place on 21-24 April, the interference caused in international air traffic by the Icelandic ash cloud led to a short postponement of the regional rounds. The event ultimately took place on 27-30 April 2010.

A number of teams representing the finest European academic traditions in the field of space law participated in the Regional Rounds of the Lachs Moot Court, including teams from Germany, the United Kingdom, Poland, Italy, Russia and the Netherlands. In spite of the adverse travel conditions prevailing this year, the teams succeeded in taking the –occasionally long– trip to Győr.

The students were invited this year to tackle some of the perennial problems of international space law, within the context of a relatively novel human activity in space; space tourism. The teams had to address questions such as state liability for damage caused by the activities of private space tourists, state liability for environmental damage and finally issues concerning the exercise of criminal jurisdiction of states over private space participants and personnel on board space crafts. The students’ analysis revolved mainly – but not exclusively – around questions of interpretation and application of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, the 1967 Agreement on the Rescue of Astronauts and the 1971 Liability Convention.

The European Regional Rounds benefited from the presence of eminent international space law scholars and practicioners, who performed the role of the ‘judge’. The judges, through their insightful questions, made this debating event particularly interesting and stimulated the debate between the applicants, the ‘State of Aspirantia’ and the respondents, the ‘Kingdom of Republica’.

The team of Leiden University consisted of Mr. Christopher Johnson, Miss Sotiria Tsoukala, as counsels and advocates, and Mrs. Ana Christina Galhego Rosa, as counsel, under the guidance of Mr. Michail Vagias (coach). The Leiden team made an outstanding presentation and was elected to participate in the Regional Finals as Respondent against the University of Cologne (applicants). Following a very exciting final session, the team of Cologne was declared winner of the European Round.

Throughout the European Rounds, the participants enjoyed a number of social events, including museum visits and guided tours of the city of Győr, skillfully organized by the hosts and the competition’s co-ordinators.

The 2010 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court will be concluded with the World Finals, where the winners of the three regional rounds (Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America) will compete for the title of the Winner of the Competition. The World Finals are scheduled to take place in Prague on September 2010.

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