NILOS Moot Court Competition

Utrecht University, 22-23-24 May 2019

The Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS) proudly organised the first edition of the NILOS Moot Court Competition in Utrecht, in May 2019. 

NILOS Moot Court Competition

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. In the first edition, in May 2019, eleven teams from nine different countries competed: China x2, Italy x2, Germany, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cyprus, Iran, Greece and a team from Utrecht University. 

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 first edition of the competition consisted of a one-week international round, taking place in Utrecht. Depending on the number of participating teams, the organisers may request the organisation of regional or national rounds. The first case was published in September 2018. Regional and national rounds took take place in January-February 2019. The international round took place at Utrecht University om 22-23-24 May 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; and
  • Machiko Kanetake, Assistant professor of International Law and Programme Coordinator of the Utrecht Master in Public International Law

Contact

Email:  nilos.mcc@uu.nl