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Master of law students win quarter finals in Telders Moot Court

15 June 2021
From the 7th – 12th June, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam team competed in the International Rounds of the 44th Edition of the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition 2021. The Vrije Universiteit team successfully won the quarter finals, out of 40 teams from 20 countries, and went on to represent the Netherlands in the Final Round.

The team performed tremendously, placing 2nd in Europe and winning the award for Best Oral Argumentation for the Respondent.  The success of the team is a result of their resilience and continued team effort from October 2020 till June 2021. The case of this year’s competition, ‘The case of the Almontan Shrubland’, concerned a number of International Law issues including, international climate change law; environmental law; law of treaties and unilateral declaration; immunities; international investment law; corruption and much more.  

The team was composed of Masters of Law students: Lydia Mussig and Dumitru Scutaru, representing the Applicants (the fictitious state of Foria), and Joshua Situmeang and Kristoffer Burck representing the Respondents (the fictitious state of Costat). The students were coached by Vivian Aiyedogbon (Researcher, Cross-cultural Human Rights Centre) and Prosper Maguchu (Assistant Professor, VU Law Faculty). The team found the experience extremely rewarding and invaluable, providing them with the opportunity to apply International Law in practice. It positively challenged them to engage with real issues and to develop essential written and oral advocacy skills. The team is proud to have represented the VU and the Netherlands, and to moot against universities from all over the continent, in front of a prestigious panel of judges. They are excited to be a part of the Telders ‘Family’ alumni.

The competition was normally held in The Hague, with the Final Round traditionally held before International Court of Justice at the Peace Palace, but due to COVID-19 restrictions the event took place online.  

Congratulations, team, and best wishes on a lifetime of courtroom success!