Ljubljana students top the world in their knowledge of space law
Katja Grünfeld and Iva Ramuš Cvetkovič, law students at the University of Ljubljana, competed in Washington against more than a hundred teams from all corners of the globe, and won their lawsuit on behalf of a hypothetical state for the unlawful appropriation of a lunar base. It sounds like science fiction, but this will be one of the most important areas of law in the future.
With their victory in the Manfred Lachs Moot Court competition in Washington, the team from the University of Ljubljana became the best in the world in their knowledge of space law and international public law. The winning team consisted of Katja Grünfeld and Iva Ramuš Cvetkovič, Rok Kljajič as coach, and Vasilka Sancin as mentor.
Winning teams from Asia, North America, Africa and Europe battled it out before judges from the International Court of Justice for the world championship, which was held between 21 and 25 October as part of the 70th International Astronautical Congress. The Slovenian team had earlier won the European heats, beating a team from the University of Vienna in the final.
The competition takes the form of simulated proceedings before the International Court of Justice in the Hague, and consists of a written part and a live hearing. Each team had to prepare two written memorandums, one for the plaintiff and one for the defendant. In them the teams presented legal arguments and facts supporting individual claims addressed to the International Court of Justice in connection with a hypothetical case.
The Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court is a competition in space law and international public law organised by the International Institute of Space Law and the European Centre for Space Law.