3 April 2018

Utrecht University wins Dutch National Round of 41st Telders International Moot Court Competition

The team of Utrecht University with the coaches Otto Spijkers and Karolina Aksamitowska

On Wednesday 28 March 2018, the team representing Utrecht University won the Dutch National Round of the 41st Telders International Moot Court Competition, organised by Leiden University. The team of four LLM students, coached by Otto Spijkers (University Lecturer in Public International Law) and Karolina Aksamitowska (Legal Research Master student) hereby qualified for the international rounds, which will take place in May 2018 at the Peace Palace. This year, the case revolves inter alia around the state of necessity as a circumstance precluding wrongfulness, and touches upon several areas of international law, including environmental law, investment, WTO law and human rights.

Léo van den Bussche and Vivian Aiyedogbon, representing the fictitious applicant State of Alfania, were faced with a team from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. They pleaded with tact and clarity that the Treaty under contention provided sufficient grounds for assessing its breach. Conversely, Sofia van Dijk and Riccardo Vecellio Segate, performing on behalf of the equally fictitious respondent State of Barbarossa against a team from The Hague University of Applied Sciences, advocated with persistence and passion that the Treaty could not apply to the dispute under scrutiny.