25th Annual Manfred Lachs
Space Law Moot Court Competition
2016 Regional Round Results
Results from the Regional Rounds of the 25th Annual Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court are in. Regional rounds were held in Glasgow, Bangalore, Pretoria, and in Washington, D.C.
With over 50 teams competing in national and regional rounds, this global competition has already been a great success in stimulating capacity building in space law and developing mooting skills around the world.
African Regional Round
In Africa, the 2016 regionals were held on May 26 and 27 at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Pretoria, South Africa. The competition went very well, with participating teams from Mount Kenya University (Kenya), Makerere University (Uganda), University of Pretoria (South Africa) and Obafemi Awolowo University and Niger Delta University (Nigeria).
The African finals were between the Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria), and the University of Pretoria (South Africa).
The first runner up is the University of Pretoria (South Africa).
The winner of the 2016 African Regional competition is the Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria). Philips Timilehin Adekemi, Toluwalope Oluwatobi Dada, Irene Inemesit Ekord, and Faculty Advisor Dr. Odunola Akinwale Orifowomo will progress to the finals in Guadalajara this fall.
Best African Oralist
John Okoth Obera, of Mount Kenya University (Kenya).
Best African Memorial
Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria).
Asia-Pacific Regional Round
In the Asia-Pacific, regional rounds were held over at the National Law School of India University, in Bangalore, India, from May 5th through the 8th, with the participation of 20 selected teams out of 26 that submitted memorials. The teams represented the following countries: Australia, China India, Indonesia, Iran, Nepal, and Singapore.
The Asia-Pacific semi-finals were between Curtin University (Australia), Gujarat National Law University (India), National Law University, Jodpur (India), and the National University of Singapore (Singapore).
Third Runner-up is the National University of Singapore, comprised of Ms. Dana Chang Kai Qi, Mr. Wong Zhen Yang, Mr. Yiu Kai Tai, and Faculty Advisor Prof. Lim Lei Theng.
The Second Runner Up is National Law University, Jodpur (India). The team from National Law University was Mr. Mridul Godha, Mr. Shivesh Aggarwal, and Mr. Akshay Sahay. Their Faculty Advisor was Ms. Nidhi Gupta.
The Asia-Pacific finals were judged by Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz (US, Emerita, Editor-in-Chief Journal of Space Law), Prof. K.R. Sridhara Murthi (India, Director International Institute for Aerospace Engineering and Managements, Jain University, India & IISL Vice President) and Prof. Dr. Gurbachan Sachdeva (India, Center for Air and Space Law, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India).
Teams in the Final were Curtin University (Australia) and Gujarat National Law University (India). The First Runner Up is Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (India) - Gayathree Dev Kalliyat Thazhathuveeti, Yuvraj Rathore, Tejas Rao, and Faculty Advisor Prof. Girish R.
The winners of the Asia-Pacific Round is Curtin University (Australia). Rachel O’Meara, Jocelyn Watts, Ricardo Napper, and Faculty Advisor Professor Dr. Vernon Nase will progress to the finals in Guadalajara this fall.
Best Asia-Pacific Oralist(s)
Mr. Pranay Lekhi from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS) (India) received the Asia-Pacific Best Oralist Award for the Preliminary Rounds, while Mr. Tejas Rao of Gujarat National Law University (India) won the Best Oralist Award of the Asia-Pacific Final.
Best Asia-Pacific Memorial
The Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (India), comprised of Ms. Gayathree Dev Kalliyat Thazhathuveeti, Mr. Yuvraj Rathore, Mr. Tejas Rao, and Faculty Advisor Prof. Girish R won the 2016 Asia-Pacific Best Memorial Award.
The Spirit of Lachs Award
The Spirit of Lachs Award was granted to the team from the Aerospace Research Institute of the Ministry of Science, Research & Technology, I. R. (Iran). Team members were: Mr. Behnam Salem Condory, Mr. Nima Abdollahzade, Ms. Mahsa Rezagholi, and Prof. Dr. Hamid Kazemi as their Faculty Advisor.
European Regional Round
The 2016 regionals were held on April 27-29 at the University of Strathclyde Law School in Glasgow, UK. Sixteen teams came from Austria, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, and from the United Kingdom.
The European semi-finals were between the University of Cologne (Germany) and the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), and between the University of Strathclyde (UK) and the University of Leiden (Netherlands).
The European Finals were judged by Dr. Chris Newman from the University of Sunderland (UK), former Lord President of the Court of Session (Scotland) Lord Arthur Hamilton, and Professor Armel Kerrest, ECSL Vice Chairman and from the University of Western-Brittany (France).
The European Finals were between the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) and University of Leiden (Netherlands).
The First Runner Up is the University of Leiden (Netherlands), a team comprised of Mr. Sam Jonkeren, Mr. Hamza Abdul Hameed, Mr. Rodrigo Fernandez Navarrete, and Faculty Advisor Ms. Neta Palkovitz.
The Winner of the 2016 European Regional Round is the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece). Ms. Georgia-Eleni Exarchou, Ms. Filareti Filaretou-Kouimtzi, Ms. Sofia Stellatou, Faculty Advisor Mr. George Kyrialopoulos, and Assistant Faculty Advisor Ms. Georgia-Maria Kalogirou will progress to the finals in Guadalajara this fall.
Best European Oralist
Ruaridh Leishman from the University of Strathclyde (UK).
Best European Memorial
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece).
In North America, the 2016 regionals were held on April first and second at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Eleven teams came from Canada, Mexico, and the United States of America.
North American Semi-Finals
The North American semi-finals were between University of Nevada Las Vegas (USA and McGill University (Canada), and between Georgetown University Law Center (USA) and University of Nebraska (USA).
North American Finals
The North American finals, judged by Laura Montgomery of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Mick Schlabs of NASA, and Chuck Dickey from Lockheed Martin. The Finals were between McGill University (Canada) and Georgetown University Law Center (USA).
The Winner of the 2016 North American Regional Round is McGill University (Canada). Mr. Aram Daniel Kerkonian, Mr. Julius Dunton, Mr. Ted Adam Newsome, and Faculty Advisor Ms. Maria Manoli will progress to the finals in Guadalajara this fall.
Best North American Oralist
Mr. Aram Kerkonian from McGill University (Canada).
Best North American Memorial
Florida State University (USA).
World Finals 2016
The World Finals will be held September 27 -29 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
For regional winning teams, the deadline for submission of memorials for the finals is July 27.
The World Semi-Finals between McGill University (Canada), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria), and Curtin University (Australia) will be held on Tuesday, September 27.
Two winners of the Semi-Finals will then progress to the World Finals, to be held on Thursday, September 29, to argue before judges from the International Court of Justice.
All attendees to this year's IAC, local members of the IISL, and friends and family of finalist teams are welcome to view the World Finals.