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Moot Court Public International Law


Please note that the following description of the course is only provisional and therefore subject to change.

Admission requirements

This course requires basic knowledge of public international law.


The course Moot Court LLC Public International Law offers students skills training in research, analysis, legal writing and advocacy through the participation in an international law litigation simulation.

Since 1992 Leiden University has an extensive and successful Moot Court programme. All law students in Leiden have to complete a compulsory Moot Court course in civil law, criminal law, administrative law, European law or public international law. It is one of the few courses directed to obtain skills essential for lawyers: tackling legal problems in a structured way. The course includes a library instruction, lectures in argumentation, writing assignments, presentation skills training and concludes with a Moot Court session.

The course Moot Court LLC Public International Law is intended for exchange students studying in Leiden and offers students an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of a particular issue in international law. The case problem distributed to the students presents a hypothetical lawsuit between two countries before the International Court of Justice. Issues can include the use of force, diplomatic and consular relations, international human rights, environmental law, state responsibility and law of the sea. The course serves as an excellent preparation for a Moot Court competition in any field of law.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course
Students will learn to present a well-structured argument, both in writing and orally.

Achievement levels
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:

  • The student is able to write a memo concerning a specific legal question.

  • The student is able to make a persuasive oral presentation before a panel of three judges/practitioners/experts.


The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.
The course includes 3 plenary sessions on Thursday/Friday. Tutorials will be on Thursday/Friday.

Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) lectures: 3

  • Names of lecturers: Ms. E. Kentin

  • Required preparation by students: to be announced


  • Number of (1/2 hour) tutorials: 3

  • Names of instructors: Ms. E. Kentin

  • Required preparation by students: writing assignments

Other methods of instruction

  • Description: Presentation skills training

  • Number of (2 hour) instructions: 5

  • Names of instructors: to be announced

  • Required preparation by students: instructions in the syllabus

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Writing assignments: list of arguments, memorial, memorandum of oral pleading

  • Oral exam: presentation before a Moot Court of three judges.

Submission procedures
Upload via Blackboard. See further syllabus.

Areas to be tested within the exam
General knowledge of and case specific knowledge of international law. Writing, presentation and argumentation skills.


More information on this course is offered in Blackboard.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials

  • SI Strong, How to write law essays and exams (3rd edn, OUP, 2010)

Course information guide:

  • See syllabus and Blackboard.


  • Available at

Recommended course materials

  • Available on Blackboard.


Students have to register for this course through uSis.

Contact information

  • Co-ordinator: Ms. Esther Kentin

  • Work address: KOG, Room A311

  • Contact information: Moot Court Secretariat A319.

  • Telephone number: 071 5275358/7841

  • E-mail:


  • Institute: Institute for Interdisciplinary Study of Law

  • Department: Moot Court and Advocacy

  • Room number secretary: A319

  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9:00-17:00

  • Telephone number secretary: 071 5277841

  • E-mail: