Advanced International Law Clinic

Code Cours
Langue d'enseignement
Français, Anglais
Jeanne Cousin, Isabel Lioba Zachlod, Iga Kurowska, Jean Julien Lemonnier, Barbara Saleiro Cardoso Fernandes, Candice Naïli, Christoph Schewe



Notions of Public International Law and litigation before international courts, especially the International Court of Justice, Good command of English language


Analyse of Case law of the International Court of Justice, preparation and review of the memorials for the moot court competition, rehearsal of the pleadings


This course engages with the practical aspects of international law and international litigation. It especially includes the University’s participation in the Telders Moot Court Competition. This is a competition among European universities in which a fictitious case before the International Court of Justice is prepared and presented.

The course consists in two main parts: the first one is the preparation of written memorials, while the second one concerns the oral presentation of legal arguments before a court. Each year, the Telders organizing committee presents a case between two fictitious states, concerning current challenges of public international law. Once the case is published, the class is divided in two teams, one of them in charge of preparing the memorial for the applicant state and the other one for the respondent state. In this regard, the students will learn how to conduct legal research and draft legal arguments in a structured and convincing way. Besides it, each academic year the course will focus on the substantive issues of international law covered by the case at hand. In addition, four students of the course are selected each year to represent the Université Catholique de Lille in the Telders Moot Court Competition.

Once the written stage is over and the memorials are submitted, the course will focus on the oral stage. Thereby, the students will learn how present the legal arguments orally in English language. As a training exercise, the students will form teams and plead against each other. At the end of the academic year, the selected students will attend the Moot Competition in The Hague and plead their case against other Universities from all over Europe.


Modalités d'enseignement

36 hours of effective presence

60 hours preparation for the moot court competition

Total working time: 96h

Examen : coeff. 1



John Korzen, <i>Make your Argument: Succeeding in Moot Court and Mock Trial</i>, New York: Kaplan, 2010.|| James Crawford, <i>State Responsibility: the general part</i>, Cambridge: CUP, 2013.|| Malcolm N. Shaw, <i>International Law</i>, 8th ed, Cambridge: CUP, 2017.|| Ian Brownlie and James Crawford, <i>Brownlie’s Principles of International Law</i>, 9th ed., Oxford: OUP, 2019.|| Andreas Zimmermann et al. (eds.), <i>The Statute of the International Court of Justice: A Commentary</i>, 3rd ed., Oxford: OUP, 2019.