Department of International Law
Peoples' Friendship University of Russia

Student Life


European Human Rights Moot Court Competition
The Competition simulates the procedures of complaints to the European Court of Human Rights.
The Competition provides a unique opportunity for students to experience the principles and implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights firsthand.
Written Submissions - Are providing the first part of the selection round with the aim of selecting teams for the Final Round. Registered teams have to send two Written Submissions, one for the Applicant and one for the Respondent.
Regional Rounds - Are providing the second part of the selection round. Registered teams have to attend one Regional Round representating both the Applicant and the Respondent.
Final Round - The Final Round is the last stage of the competition, where the best 18 teams compete. The Final is organized annually in Strasbourg with the pleadings taking place at the European Court of Human Rights.
Team coach Professor Andrey Nikolaev

Telders International Law Moot Court Competition
Each year student-teams are presented with a case involving a fictitious dispute between two states. This dispute is put before the United Nations’ most important legal organ, the International Court of Justice. It is up to the student-teams to defend the two states to the best of their ability. Each student-team has to represent the states substantively both in writing and through pleadings before so-called moot courts. Per European country, only the university winning the national rounds may participate in the international rounds held in The Hague. The students’ memorials and pleadings are judged by legal experts. In this respect, the active involvement of judges from the real International Court of Justice, the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, lawyers and professors of law guarantee the high intellectual standards of the Competition and its prestige. The final round of the Competition is traditionally held at the Peace Palace in The Hague.
The Telders International Law Moot Court Competition is organised by a team under the direction of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies based at Campus The Hague of Leiden University.

Team coach Dr. Alexandr Solntsev

The international competition-game "Model of the WTO" is held for educational and applied purposes and is a competitive demonstration by teams and individual participants of knowledge of the WTO law and skills of its application on the basis of situational tasks-cases regarding the likely or real actions of the WTO bodies and / or member states WTO The language of the Competition is Russian.
The panel of judges is attended by leading scholars and experts on WTO law.
The competition is organized by the All-Russian Academy of Foreign Trade (WAVT).
Team coach Andrey Dementyev

EAEU Dispute Resolution
The contest "EAEU Dispute Resolution" is a unique educational platform that allows future legal experts to study dispute resolution models within the EAEU.
The purpose of this competition is to form a new generation of highly qualified specialists in the field of international law in the EAEU countries, able to represent the interests of both states and participants of their country's business communities in international jurisdictional bodies.
The competition is held by the Russian State University of Justice in conjunction with the Center for International and Comparative Legal Studies
Team coach Andrey Dementyev

Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition
The competition has been held by the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) since 1992 and is dedicated to Professor Lachs, a former judge of the UN International Court of Justice and chairman of the Legal Subcommittee of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.
Through participation in the Competition, students develop analytical skills, skills for speaking out and defending the interests of the client in court, public speaking and teamwork develop. At the same time, students have a unique opportunity to study the pressing problems of modern international space law.
The contest plot is developed by specialists in the field of space law and is published annually in late August - early September. Registration of university teams to participate in regional rounds lasts until the end of January. Registered teams must submit written memorandums of the plaintiff and defendant by the end of February - beginning of March. Based on the results of the written work, teams are selected to participate in the oral hearing of the case, which takes place in May.
Each regional stage ends with the selection of a finalist team that represents their region at the final stage, battling with teams that won in the other four regional rounds. The final of the competition is held within the framework of the Colloquium on International Space Law of the International Space Law and International Space Congress. Thus, the competition lasts a whole year. The winner is selected by three current judges of the UN International Court of Justice.
Competition website:
Website of the organizer of the European round of the competition
Team coach Irina Chernykh 

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
The competition has been held since 1959 as a competition in international law in the form of an imitation of the consideration of a case by the International Court of Justice. To date, the Jessup Competition is the largest and most famous student litigation in the world. About 2,000 students from more than 600 law schools of 90 countries and jurisdictions of the world participate in it annually. The winners of the Competition in the world in recent years have been teams from Australia, India, Russia (the team of Moscow State University in 2012), Colombia, South Africa, Singapore, the Philippines and the USA.
The competition is held in English and consists of two stages. After the case is published in September, teams prepare written memorandums for the applicant and the defendant until December. In January-February, they go to Moscow to participate in oral hearings as part of national rounds.
The best teams (one for every ten participating teams; in recent years, usually 4-5 best teams from Russia) receive the right to represent the country at the International rounds, which are held in March-April in Washington, DC (USA).
The judges of the competition are leading practicing lawyers, teachers, lawyers of international organizations and judges of international courts. Finals of the national championship and international rounds are often judged by judges of the UN International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, the Appeals Chamber of the International Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, leading professors who study the problems posed in the current year.
International rounds are organized by the International Law Student Association (ILSA) in conjunction with White & Case. Since 2009, Russian national rounds have been held jointly by White & Case and Threefold Legal Advisors LLC.
More information about the competition: and
Contest organizer website:
Team coach Marianna Ilyashevich