The ECSL is glad to announce that the 2020 European Rounds of the Manfreds Lachs Moot Court will be held remotely on the 9th (Semi-Finals) and the 10th (Final) of June.

The 2020 European Rounds of the Manfreds Lachs Moot Court is organised by the ECSL in collaboration with the University of Vienna, in its capacity as local partner for this edition. The competition was initially set to take place in Vienna, Austria, from the 31st of March to 3rd of April, at the margins of the UN COPUOS Legal Subcommittee.

However, and as it is the case for most activities around the world, the covid-19 outbreak affected the European Oral Rounds. As we take the safety and well-being of teams, judges and other partners very seriously, the ECSL, together with the University of Vienna decided to cancel the 2020 European Oral Rounds.

Also, and despite the announced cancellation, the ECSL yet intends to preserve the mooting experience and ensure a certain level of continuity in its activities. As such, it has been decided to move-forward with an online version of the European Oral Rounds. The ECSL has been working on the selection of four (4) teams based on the highest written scores provided by a panel of space law experts as judges.

We are delighted to announce that the 4 teams have now been selected and will thus proceed to the remotely held European Semi-Finals, set to take place on the 9th of June. Please note that the affiliation of selected teams remains confidential until the Final.

The European Final will be held remotely on the 10th of June, and will be open to registered teams only.
The ECSL and the University of Vienna are still considering the option to release a video for public distribution after the competition. More information will be communicated on this matter following the competition.

Please note that a draft programme will be published shortly before the competition.

The ECSL wishes to thank the University of Vienna in its capacity as local partner for its great commitment to ensure this online alternative option through the GoToMeeting tool.

The ECSL also takes the opportunity to extend its congratulations to each of the 20 registered teams from all over Europe for their great work during the Written Rounds. We wish them all the best and we are looking forward to seeing them during the Final !

In the meantime, may you all take care.
ECSL Secretariat

Link to the European Space Law Moot Court page on IISL’s website: here

Link to the European Space Law Moot Court page on ESA’s website: here

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