The International Institute of Space Law (IISL) has published the Problem for the 22nd Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition in 2013. The student competition is based on a hypothetical space law dispute before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Preliminary competitions will be held between March and June 2013 in North America, Europe, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. The winning teams of the regional rounds will meet in the World Finals in Beijing, China in September 2013 during the annual IISL Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, in the framework of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC). The Final Round is traditionally judged by three judges of the International Court of Justice.
The Problem is entitled “Case concerning the Operation of a Lunar Station”, and is available at http://www.iislweb.org/docs/2013problem.pdf. The 2013 Problem challenges the students to research and debate the legal issues posed by the abandonment of a lunar installation by one State, as well as the occupation of part of the installation by another State. Additional issues concern the refusal to render aid and assistance, and damage to manned and unmanned space objects.
The contact details for the Regional Rounds are:
AFRICA: Adv. (Ms.) Lulu Makapela – email@example.com
ASIA PACIFIC: Dr. Yuri Takaya (Ms.) – firstname.lastname@example.org
EUROPE: ECSL – email@example.com
NORTH AMERICA: Dr. Milton (Skip) Smith – firstname.lastname@example.org