IISL Webinar for the 2022 Manfred Lachs Space Moot Competition


The International Institute of Space Law (IISL) is organising an orientation webinar to discuss the 2022 Manfred Lachs Space Moot Competition. The webinar will feature discussions from the IISL and the regional organisers, including Africa, regarding the modalities of the upcoming edition. Speakers include Kai Uwe-Schrogl, IISL President, Skip Smith, Chair of the IISL Moot Court Committee, amongst other speakers. Nomfuneko Majaja, the Chief Director at Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa and the Regional Organizer for Africa, will also be present. The webinar will be virtual and will be held on September 23, 2021, at 14:30 GMT.

The 2021 edition of the moot competition is still ongoing. However, due to the pandemic, the African regional round was virtual. Seven schools participated, with the University of Pretoria coming first with 46.3 points. As a result, The University of Pretoria will represent Africa at the world finals. 

Uganda’s Makerere University and Nigeria’s University of Lagos were first and second runners-up with 42.9 and 41.6 points. The other participants include Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria) – 39.8 points, University of Nigeria, Nsukka – 38.7, University of South Africa – 38.3, and University of Sierra Leone – 32.6. The organisers conducted the assessment via the participants’ submitted memorials because the pandemic prevented the physical gathering for the subsequent oral rounds.  

Furthermore, the world finals will begin with the submission of each region’s memorials, after which the oral rounds will follow. The oral rounds will occur in two stages; the semifinals and the finals, in October 2021. The deadline for the submission of memorials is 31st July 2021. 

Since its inception by IISL in 1992, the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition has grown to cover five world regions: North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa. More than 60 teams participate yearly in this competition. Registered teams get exclusive online access to papers of the IISL’s Colloquium Proceedings from 2005. In addition, regional winners receive financial support to attend the world finals. The IISL’s Lachs competition is unique because judges of the International Court of Justice presiding over the World Final. The world finals competition takes place within the IISL’s annual Colloquium. The colloquium is an event in the International Astronautical Congress which holds on a different continent each year. The Lachs competition offers an unparalleled learning experience to all teams at all levels in a fair and cordial environment.

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