Established by the International Academy of Space Law (IASL) in 2020, the International Space Law Moot Court Competition is destined to cover the whole world to offer a unique learning experience to all young professionals. Participants take part in simulated court or arbitration proceedings, usually involving drafting memorials or memoranda and participating in oral argument.
The IASL international moot competitions focus on cross-border subjects such as public international law (including its subsets environmental law, space law, and aviation law). Each side is represented by two speakers or oralists (though the entire team composition may be larger) and a third member, known as of counsel, may be seated with the speakers. Each speaker usually speaks between 10 and 25 minutes, covering one to three main issues. After the main submissions are completed, there will usually be a short round or two of rebuttal and even surrebuttal. Communication between speakers may or may not be prohibited. Throughout the course of the submissions, judges — usually lawyers, academics, or actual judges — may ask questions, though in some competitions questions are reserved to the end of submissions. The scores of the written submissions are taken into consideration for most competitions to determine qualification (whether for the competition or the knockouts) and seeding, and sometimes even up to a particular knockout stage.