Leiden University wins Telders International Law Moot Court Competition

In addition, Leiden University also won the awards for Best Overall Score; Best Oral Argumentation for the Respondent and Best Oralist.

On 27 April 2013, the Leiden University team won the final round of the 36th edition of the prestigious Telders International Law Moot Court Competition, held in The Hague from 25 to 27 April 2013. Leiden University was represented by Amin Benaissa, Ross Galvin, Emmy Heijmans and Tríona Jacob, all Master students in Leiden University’s Public International Law program. The team was coached by Dr. Erik Koppe and Andrea Varga.

This year’s case, ‘The Varsho River Dispute’, involved a variety of legal issues of public international law, including emerging islands and other territorial disputes, treaty interpretation, shale gas mining and the law concerning transboundary pollution, environmental impact assessments, as well as the rights of future generations.


The final round was pleaded by Leiden University as Applicant (Ross Galvin and Emmy Heijmans) and the University of Helsinki as Respondent; and it was judged by a court consisting of H.E. Judge Keith (ICJ), H.E. Judge Dugard (ICJ) and former Chief Justice Davids (Dutch Supreme Court).

In addition, with 25 teams participating, Leiden University also won the awards for Best Overall Score; Best Oral Argumentation for the Respondent (Amin Benaissa and Tríona Jacob); and Best Oralist (Ross Galvin).

Congratulations to the winning team!


Last Modified: 29-04-2013