PAX Moot Court Competition: von Mehren Round


In a more and more globalised world, a significant number of multinational legal disputes arise, and in practice sometimes the entire case hinges on jurisdiction or applicability of certain national regulations.

The goal of the PAX Moot is to train law students – the practitioners of tomorrow – in analysing and arguing on complex global legal questions in international litigation. For this purpose, students are given the task of studying and applying private international law for the resolution of a concrete cross-border dispute laid down in the Case. This year the legal issues will focus on transnational law and private international law. Participating teams will be required to deal with the complexities and nuances of how international conventions and regulations interact with each other in the context of globalisation. The Case is grounded in the present challenging global events (COVID-19 virus) and involves the application of the new 2019 Hague Judgments Convention.

PAX Moot is a specialized moot court competition focused on private international law issues. It aims to foster a competition in which participants will be able to handle the complexities and nuances of this area of law. Instead of focusing their written memorials and pleadings on the merits of the case, the PAX Moot participants are requested to gear their arguments mainly towards issues of private international law such as jurisdiction, choice of law and enforcement of awards. The competition consists of a written and oral round – written memoires and oral arguments. In the oral round, the teams are expected to plead primarily on private international law issues instead of trying to win the whole case. The written memorials for the Claimant and for the Defendant will have to be submitted by the team by 15 March 2021. The oral round will take place between 21-23 April 2021 and will require participation in several pleading sessions representing both the Claimant and Defendant side. Based on the global situation the oral round (the General Round) will be held at the University of Antwerp or online.

In previous editions the PAX Moot gathered teams from universities in Europe and beyond. Students from Antwerp University, Université Catholique de Louvain, Università di Bologna, University of Cologne, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Eotvos Lorand University, Maastricht University, University of Ljubljana, University of Milan, Palacký University, Singapore Management University Faculty of Law, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohrdiski, Sorbonne University Paris I, Sciences Po Law School, Paris Dauphine University, Heidelberg University, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Hidayatullah National Law University were given the opportunity to set up a team and take part in the competition.

The Jury of the PAX Moot consists of panels of Moot Court Judges. As in previous years, the panel will comprise professional judges, practicing lawyers, professors and members of the Hague Conference of Private International Law.

All participating teams will receive a certificate of participation in the PAX Moot, but the best students are given the chance to win the Best Written Pleadings Award, the Best Pleader Award and/or be declared The Winning Team of the final round and be given the PAX Moot award.

In 2020, the Erasmus University team won de Best Written Pleadings Award and qualified for the semi-finals of the oral round.

Why Participate?

Experience a unique practice situation and build an unforgettable relationship with your team
The moot is the closest experience to actual practice that you can be part of during your law studies. It is a challenging and rewarding enterprise. You will work as a team, where team spirit is the key to success. We encourage and expect team members to work together, discuss, and debate on the different aspects of the case. The ability to work in a team is “a must” if you wish to practice law, but also the secret ingredient of the most successful teams.

Real experience
This is the only time during the master programme in which you are offered the chance to experience what it is like to work on an international case for several months. You will get to decide on the tactics and arguments you want to put forward in giving the party you represent the best chance to win his or her claim. It is a unique opportunity to experience the process of submitting written memorials for the parties you represent and to plead in various rounds before panels of highly experienced Moot Judges, and, possibly, reach the final oral round of the competition. Even an internship is unlikely to give you the same experience.

Network and cv are immediately boosted
Some of the top universities in Europe participate in this competition, in partnership with law firms, and other organisations. You will have the chance to meet the biggest names in private international law. You may even win one of the competition’s prizes (e.g. Best Written Pleadings Award, Best Pleader Award) or boost your chances of obtaining an internship with a top law firm in the Netherlands or abroad. In general, moot court competition students have found that participation in a moot has opened many doors, and even facilitated their application for obtaining a job after the completion of their studies.

Have incredible fun!
Of course, the competition means additional work and dedication, but it will give you the opportunity to share incredible moments with your teammates. You will meet students from other universities in Europe and beyond and hopefully get the chance to talk to them as well as to top professionals in the area of private international law – it will be an experience you will never forget!

If you are selected as member of the Erasmus School of Law team and actively participate in the PAX Moot Competition, you are eligible to receive 5 EC for the course Private International Law Moot provided that you have fulfilled the requirements, including submitted required documents, participated in group discussions, and practiced pleadings.

What kind of student are we looking for?

We are looking for four students to be part of the Erasmus University team for the PAX Moot Competition.

Formal requirements:

  • You are enrolled as a master student at the ESL during the academic year 2020-2021;
  • You have a good grasp of (legal) English;
  • You know how to work together in a(n international) team;
  • You are able to conduct legal research on an individual basis for a range of legal issues;
  • You comply with deadlines;
  • You are not a qualified lawyer;
  • You are willing to put in the work that is needed to prepare for the written and oral rounds of the PAX Moot. In general, there will be weeks in which you will need to do more preparation work and other weeks where you will do less. In addition, we try to take into account your exams for other courses you are following;
  • During the days of the competition, you need to be available. The timetable of the competition is available at the website of the competition:;
  • Previous participations in other moot court competitions or internships at law firms are an asset.

If you are interested to become part of the ESL PAX Moot team, please send your CV and (short) motivation letter explaining why do you want to be part of the moot team to: until 1st of January 2021 at the latest.

The selection interviews will take place on 4th of January 2021. In case this date conflicts with your courses, we will seek to provide you with an alternative arrangement.

More information?
Visit the website of the PAX Moot Court: or contact us: Dr. Alina Ontanu at

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