Moot Competitions

Most Master programs at the Erasmus School of Law allow students to choose their own elective courses. There are of course many courses to choose from and one of those possibilities is to sign up for one of our international moots. There are several moots to choose from. No matter which moot you choose, after a successful completion of the program you will obtain 5 ECTS. Though the ECTS system tries to convey how much time you will spend on a certain course, the moots can have an addictive nature. So to begin a slight warning, you might have too much fun to stop when your time, according to the ECTS system, is up. 


What is a moot?

A ‘moot’ is a competition for lawyers in which legal arguments have to be brought both in written memoranda and in oral pleadings based on a fictional case, while making use of (inter) national case law and all kinds of existing legal instruments. There are several universities who compete against each other and if you decide to join this year, you will represent the Erasmus School of Law in front of many student from universities from all around the world. Each moot is based on one casefile that is the same for every university. Generally, all moot scenario take place within a fictional country so that case law and approaches from many different jurisdictions can be used to develop arguments.

All teams are first expected to write a memorandum for both claimant and respondent. Based on those written memoranda’s, some moots will elect the teams that can move forward to the oral rounds, where the actual pleading takes place. Other moots will only use those memoranda’s to award prices for those who wrote the best memoranda within the competition. To see what applies, please look at the information for the individual moots.

After the written stage is over, teams will start preparing for the oral rounds. The actual pleading on the case will also be done on both sides. Therefore, teams must be prepared to act as lawyer for both claimant and respondent.

The pleading during the competition will take place during a couple of days somewhere abroad. Since we only participate in international moots, and none of these moots is held in The Netherlands, some travel will be required of our participating mooties. For more particulars on the travel involved, please check the information on the individual moots. Once there the pleading will be judged by experienced arbitrators, judges, practitioners and professors from all over the world.