‘How Not to Moot‘ is both instructive and amusing.
If your students haven’t yet visited the excellent Lawbore™ site, it’s tutorials are highly recommended. Lawbore™ is the City Law School’s (UK) legal portal. There is a very good set of tips for mooting there at http://learnmore.lawbore.net/index.php/Mooting_Top_Tips.
Here are the contents:
- 1 Don’t show how you’re feeling
- 2 Take the hint and don’t flog a dead horse
- 3 Make notes
- 4 Yikes! I’m running out of time…
- 5 Know your cases
- 6 It’s OK to laugh
- 7 Don’t fret if you have an unarguable case
- 8 Judges need facts…or do they?
- 9 Don’t be phased by judicial interventions
- 10 Citing authorities
- 11 Make a good impression and dress for the occasion
- 12 Be flexible – don’t read from a script
- 13 Don’t interrupt your opponent
- 14 Conclude, don’t just fade out
- 15 Learn some key phrases
- 16 Thanks guys!
I think even the experts can enjoy these.
The International Institute of Space Law (IISL) organises the The Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition each year. It is an important part of the organisation’s outreach programme, and its principal mechanism for engaging future generations of space law experts. The competition is based on a hypothetical space law dispute before the International Court of Justice.
The World Finals for 2011 are to be held on 6 October 2011 at the High Court of Cape Town, South Africa. The problem for 2011 is the Case concerning Environmental Contamination and Harmful Interference in Space Activities (Zuris v. Nova Freedonia) written by Dr Patricia Sterns and Dr Les Tennen (United States).