NILOS Moot Court Competition

NILOS Moot Court Competition

CHANGE due to Covid-19 measures

In light of the spreading of the virus Covid-19 and the worsening of the situation in the Netherlands, the organising comittee regrets to inform you that the International Rounds of the NILOS Moot Court Competition will not take place this year. 

The Competition will however continue in written form and all the hard work put in it so far will not be lost! The submitted memorials will be assessed as planned by the appointed judges and we are now discussing possible ways to replace the oral pleadings with some written work. We will let you know about it as soon as possible.

We are very sorry not to welcome you in Utrecht this year and hope you and your families are all safe and healthy. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any query.

Kind regards,

The Organising Committee

About the Competition

The NILOS (Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea) Moot Court Competition welcomes universities from all over the world for the first moot court simulating proceedings under Part XV of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

The moot court simulates proceedings either before the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), the International Court of Justice (ICJ) or an Annex VII Arbitral Tribunal. The competition is a unique opportunity to discuss fascinating issues of the law of the sea, but also to engage with the many procedural facets of international dispute settlement.

The second edition of the competition will take place on 13-15 May 2020. The Case of the 2020 Competition, the schedule and the Official Rules (pdf) are available on this website.

The first edition of the competition consisted of a one-week international round, taking place in Utrecht on 22-23-24 May 2019.
A report of the inaugural edition (pdf) is available. Want to know more about the winners of 2019?

About the Organizers

NILOS is an internationally renowned research institute, established in 1984 within the School of Law of Utrecht University. Part of the Utrecht Centre for Water Ocean and Sustainability Law (UCWOSL) since 2013, NILOS aims at developing and sustaining expertise on the law of the sea and oceans governance, and at enhancing and broadening awareness and knowledge of the law of the sea and oceans governance. Its staff has an extensive expertise in both practicing and teaching the law of the sea and international law, in particular within the Utrecht Master in Public International Law. 

The Organising Committee is composed of:

  • Alex Oude Elferink, Professor of International Law of the Sea, Director of NILOS;
  • Seline Trevisanut, Professor of International Law and Sustainability, Senior Research Associate at NILOS;
  • Erik J. Molenaar, Deputy Director of NILOS;
  • Cedric Ryngaert, Professor of International Law and Programme Leader of the Utrecht Master in Public International Law;
  • Machiko Kanetake, Assistant professor of International Law and Programme Coordinator of the Utrecht Master in Public International Law
  • Catherine Blanchard, PhD Candidate at Utrecht University.
  • Lan Nguyen, assistant professor of International and European Law at Utrecht University



Coördination, planning, logistics:

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