The Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition is organised by the International Institute of Space Law. The competition is named after Manfred Lachs, a former judge of the International Court of Justice who wrote the earliest text books on space law.

Each year, five regional competitions are held—Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America—with the winners of each region proceeding to the international finals. Usually the Grand Final are judged by sitting judges of the International Court of Justice, and take place during the International Astronautical Congress, the world’s largest space conference, at which the International Institute of Space Law holds its annual proceedings. In 2020, the regional rounds were held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the expectation is that this will be the case for the 2021/22 rounds.

UQ team for 2022

A team of 3 students will be selected for the UQ team. The hypothetical problem is due to be released soon, in which two fictitious States bring their space law dispute before the ICJ. Students will spend the summer working on written memorials for each State, which are expected to be due in early March. Students will then practice their oral advocacy skills, presenting the arguments for each State in practice moot session in preparation for the Asia-Pacific regional rounds that will be tentatively held in June 2022 and hosted by the State University of Brawijaya in Malang in East Java. Winners of the regional rounds progress to the international rounds in October 2022.

The team will be expected to dedicate a significant amount of time over the summer working together to produce their written memorials. Then in the early half of next year, the team will engage in practice sessions in preparation for oral rounds in June (tbc).

Selection process

The selection process for the team will include:

  • your submitted application (CV, expression of interest, academic transcript)
  • applicants will be invited to present an oral submission before the coach/es and Director of Mooting
  • applicants will be invited for a brief interview following their oral submission


Applications for the 2022 Space Law Team have now closed.

Please check back late 2022 for information regarding the 2023 Competition.