Space Law Moot Court Team

Each year since 1992, the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) has hosted the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition ( This competition seeks to promote interest in and knowledge of the dynamic field of space law. The competition simulates a space-based dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.

Team members participate in the competition’s North American Regional round, held each spring in Washington D.C. Teams in the competition are limited to three members, and each team members works collaboratively to research and write briefs for both the respondent and applicant. Additionally, two of the three members participate in oral arguments at the competition.

Although the William S. Richardson School of Law has previously entered teams in the Manfred Lachs Competition, the school’s 2012 team, “the Richardson Stars,” is in its first year. Nevertheless, the Stars are actively preparing for blastoff and expect gravity-defying results in this final, legal frontier.