Monday, February 23, 2009

32nd Telders International Law Moot Court Competition (16-18 April 2009)


The Mare Liberum Case

Case concerning sovereignty over Abundantia Ridge and other matters.
Rosmarus v Urusus.

From 16 - 18 April 2009 the 32nd Telders International Law Moot Court Competition will be held at the Peace Palace in The Hague. The Telders Moot Court Competition could be considered the most prestigious and important international moot court competition in Europe.

The Telders Moot Court Competition is named after Professor dr. Benjamin Marius Telders, who first became a professor of international law at Leiden University in 1931. In 1947, former students of Professor Telders founded the Telders Society for International Law (Telders Dispuut). The first Telders International Law Moot Court Competition was organised in 1977 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Telders Society for International Law. The Competition has been held annually ever since.[1]


Prof. dr. B.M. Telders (1903-1945)

The student teams, composed of 4 students each, have to defend two States which are in a fictitious dispute. Only the student teams from the universities that have won the national rounds will participate in the Moot Court Competition held in The Hague. The fictitious case is put before a Moot Court version of the International Court of Justice of the United Nations. The memorials and oral argumentations of all teams representing the two fictitious States are judged by legal experts such as Judges from the International Court of Justice, the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and prominent academics and jurists specialized in public international law.

This year the fictitious case presented before the International Court of Justice concerns a dispute between the two States Rosmarus and Urusus regarding sovereignty over Abundantia Ridge, a mountainous piece of land approximately 150 kilometers in length running along the seabed of the Grotius Sea just beyond the 200mile EEZ of Urusus:

“The Mare Liberum Case. Case concerning sovereignty over Abundantia Ridge and other matters. Rosmarus v Urusus”.


"This case concerns a claim for damages by the State of Rosmarus following an accidental explosion and leak at an offshore oil rig operated by the State of Urusus and the seizure of an Urusus flagged fishing vessel by the State of Rosmarus. It involves issues of public international law, including the law of the sea, the law of treaties and international environmental law." [2]

You can find the complete 2009 Telders Case at the website of the Telders Moot Court Competition . For clarifications of the Mare Liberum Case look here and for a map of the two States and the Grotius Sea go here.

If you are interested in the legal facets of the case, you can search our Online Public Library Catalogue for books and articles about e.g.:


International Environmental Law and Oil Pollution

International Environmental Law:
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Keyword search:
Droit international de l'environnement / International Environmental Law
- Or systematic code search: 160p.

Oil:
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Keyword search:
Pétrole et produits pétroliers / Oil
- Or systematic code search: 9g.

Oil Companies:
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Keyword search:
Industrie pétrolière / Petroleum industry
- Or systematic code search: 9g.

Environmental Pollution:
- Keyword search:
Pollution de l'environnment / Environmental Pollution
- Or systematic code search: 160p (international law) and 368a1 * for municipal environmental law (368a1 * followed by country in French, E.g. 368a1 France).

Marine pollution:
- Keyword search:
Pollution des eaux de la mer / Marine pollution
- Or systematic code search: 97p and 160p.

Transboundary Pollution:
- Keyword search:
Pollution transfrontalière / Transboundary pollution
- Or systematic code search: 160p.

Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (Basel, 22 March 1989):
- Keyword search:
Convention de Bâle sur le contrôle des mouvements transfrontières de déchets dangereux et de leur élimination (Bâle, 22 mars 1989) / Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (Basel, 22 March 1989)
- Or systematic code search: 160p.

Environmental damage:
- Keyword search: Dommages environnementaux / Environmental damage

- Or systematic code search: 160p.


Marine environment protection:
- Keyword search:
Protection du milieu marin / Marine environment protection
- Systematic code search: 96, 97p and 160p.


Vessel source pollution

Vessel source pollution:
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Keyword search: Pollution provenant des navires / Vessel source pollution
-Or systematic code search: 97p and 145.

Ships / Vessels:
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Keyword search:
Navires / Vessels
- Or systematic code search: 96.


Law of the Sea, Maritime Law

Law of the sea in general:
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Keyword search: Law of the sea / Droit de la mer
- Or systematic code search: 96.


International maritime law:
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Keyword search:
International maritime law / Droit maritime international
- Or systematic code search: 145.

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982):

- Keyword search:
Convention des Nations Unies sur le droit de la mer (Montego-Bay, 10 décembre 1982) / United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Montego-Bay, 10 December 1982)
- Or systematic code search: 96.

Seabed:
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Keyword search: Fond de la mer / Deep seabed
- Or systematic code search: 97f.

Continental shelf :
- Keyword search: Plateau continental / Continental shelf
- Or systematic code search: 97a.

Exclusive Economic Zone:

- Keyword search:
Zone économiques exclusive / Exclusive Economic Zone
- Or systematic code search: 97a.

Territorial Waters:
- Keyword search:
Mer territoriale / Territorial sea
- or systematic code search: 96a.

Fisheries:
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Keyword search:
Pêche / Fisheries
- Or systematic code search: 98.

Fish:
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Keyword search:
Poissons / Fish
- Or systematic code search: 98.

UN Fish Stock Agreement (1995):
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Keyword search:
Accord aux fins de l'application des dispositions de la Convention des Nations Unies sur le droit de la mer du 10 décembre 1982 relatives à la conservation et à la gestion des stocks de poissons […] / UN Fish Stocks Agreement 1995
- Or systematic code search: 98.


Law of Treaties

Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (1969):
- Keyword search:
Convention de Vienne sur le droit des traités / Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties
- Or systematic code search: 131.


Links

Telders International Law Moot Court Competition website

Telders 2009 Case

Clarifications Mare Liberum Case


Foo
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[1] As quoted from the website of the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition: Telders International Law Moot Court Competition, URL = http://www.grotiuscentre.org/com/doc.asp?DocID=346
[2] As quoted from the website of the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition Telders Case 2009: Telders International Law Moot Court Competition, URL = http://www.grotiuscentre.org/com/doc.asp?DocID=355

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