The IASLA Space Law Moot Court Competition is committed to fairness, equality, and integrity as it strives to provide university students around the world an opportunity to explore international space law through advocacy, debate, and academic and cultural exchange.
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Format of the Competition


Competition Structure


The Competition is divided into Regional Rounds in which teams from universities compete. Each team participates in four preliminary rounds in a round-robin format, scoring points for their oral arguments and written submissions, with the top eight scoring teams advancing to the regional quarter-finals. The winners of these quarter-finals advance to the semi-finals and the winners of the semi-finals advance to the Regional Final. The Regional Champions advance to the International Finals.


In the Asia Pacific Region, selected countries have Domestic Funding Rounds in which teams from those countries can compete for funding to travel to the Regional Rounds. Teams participating in the Regional Rounds from these countries have the choice of either not to participate in the Domestic Funding Rounds, to compete in both the Domestic Funding Rounds and the Regional Rounds regardless of their performance in the Domestic Funding Rounds, or to participate in the Regional Rounds only if they are successful in the Domestic Funding Rounds.



Special Features


There are several features about the Competition that maximises the fairness and the experience of the participants, including:


- four (4) round-robin preliminary rounds each judged by three (3) judges that maximise the opportunity for teams to participate in several international moots and benefit from the experience;


- rounds are well separated in time and run over days to allow teams to have enough time to improve their arguments;


- no judge would see the same side twice, ensuring fairness and impartiality on each occasion; and


- memorials are graded by an international panel and the scores are scaled across the judges and between applicant and respondent memorials so that no team is advantaged or disadvantaged as a result of imbalances in the Moot Problem.


These are features not often found in other international mooting competitions.