Telders 2021: the results!


On the 12th of June, 2021, Greece Democritus University of Thrace has been announced as the winner of the Telders Moot Court Competition 2021. The team from VU University Amsterdam (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) got the runners-up title. The final rounds were judged by Liesbeth Lijnzaad, Alain Pellet and Philippe Joseph Sands. Congratulations to all who participated in the 44th edition of Telders!

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The Law School Ranking Update:

Thanks to a successful performance, the winner (the University of Democritus) scored its first points of the year and immediately got to 35th place in the world ranking and to the first in Greece. The Free University of Amsterdam rose by more than 100 positions in the world (from 154 to 42), and in the Netherlands – took the second place in the ranking.

Telders International Law Moot Court Competition is organized under the direction of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Campus of The Hague of Leiden University.

Each year student-teams are presented with a case involving a fictitious dispute between two states. This dispute is put before the United Nations’ principal judicial organ, the International Court of Justice. Each student-team has to represent the states substantively both in writing and through oral pleadings. Per European country, only the university winning the national rounds may participate in the international rounds held in The Hague. Due to the Covid-19 situation, the 2021 edition of the competition was held fully online. In light of the special circumstances, the Supervisory Board decided that all teams could join the International Oral Rounds directly.