After editions organized by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2019 and the University of Ghent in 2022 (link), we are looking forward to organizing the next edition of the moot court competition in Antwerp (Belgium). With its international seaport, Antwerp has been the place of embarkation for transatlantic sea travel since the 15th century.
This international competition aims to bring together students interested in international migration and asylum law from around the globe. It provides them with an ideal opportunity to sharpen their analytical, drafting and pleading skills, as well as to broaden their network with colleagues from other universities and judges who are experts in the field.
Moot Court Structure
The moot court competition consists of a written round and a two-day oral round in Antwerp (Belgium). Each team will plead a fictitious case between a State and a migrant before a judicial body. A particular and challenging characteristic of the International Migration and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition is that the case develops throughout the competition. Particular attention will also be paid to a debriefing of the case and feedback to the teams.
Moot Court Case, Rules and Booklet
The 2023-2024 International Migration and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition case concerns a young Afghan woman, who applies for asylum in the Grand Duchy of Taurasia, a fictitious country, after the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.
You can find the Case on this link.
The Competition’s Rules, can be consulted on this link.
The Clarifications are accessible via this link.
The Legal materials that can be consulted can be found on this link.
More information about the competition, including the finalized program, information about main and side events, the names of the judges and practical information for the participants will be made available in a program booklet via this link.
The Written Pleadings
Each participating team should submit written pleadings on behalf of both the State and the migrant. The written pleadings should not exceed 6000 words for each party (excluding footnotes). An international evaluation panel will evaluate these memorials. A maximum of 12 teams will be invited for the oral hearing in Antwerp on the basis of the quality of their written pleadings.
The Oral Pleadings
During the oral hearing, each team will plead twice (once for the State and once for the migrant). The initial case – as submitted for the written pleadings – will be the basis for the first rounds of the oral hearing. The best teams will compete with each other in the (semi)final(s), in which respectively a new element and an entire new migration law topic will be prepared and pleaded. Each court session takes 60 minutes, including pleadings, rebuttals and questions of the judges. All judges will be experts in the field of asylum and migration law, thanks to a collaboration with the International Association of Refugee and Migration Judges.
Results written round
The teams that advance to the oral round(s) are:
Each team is required to nominate one qualified person, who consents to be a member of the evaluating panel. This member shall not be involved in (the preparation of) any of the participating teams. Each member of the evaluating panel evaluates two to four written pleadings.
|Release case and case material
|2 October 2023
|Deadline for registration and submission registration form
15 November 2023, 23:59 CET*
|Deadline for submitting questions for clarification and correction
15 November 2023, 23:59 CET*
|Distribution of answers to requests for clarification
|17 November 2023, 23:59 CET
|Deadline for change in teams and/or coaches
|20 November 2023, 23:59 CET
|Deadline for submitting written pleadings
|20 December 2023, , 23:59 CET
|Evaluation of the written pleadings by the evaluating panel
|21 December 2023 – 15 January 2024
|Written round results and invitation for the oral pleadings
|22 January 2024, 23:59 CET
|Written pleadings sent to opposing teams
|26 February 2024, 23:59 CET
|Oral pleadings at the University of Antwerp
|21 to 22 March 2024
There is no registration fee.
Organization Team at the Faculty of Law, UAntwerp