by the Supervisory Board of the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition Foundation
From its humbled beginnings in 1977, when only four teams from the universities of Bonn, Cologne, Strasbourg and Leiden first participated, the Competition has grown to become the most prestigious and important international moot court competition in Europe. This year, the Competition received a record number of 51 registrations from universities across Europe. Preliminary rounds were staged in 8 countries.
Due to the air travel disruptions caused by the volcanic ash cloud, participating teams had to find other means of transport to travel to The Hague. Many teams suffered long delays. It was quite amazing that still 26 teams managed to arrive in the Netherlands on time to take part in the International Semi-Finals. Unfortunately, the team from Malta was not able to travel to the Netherlands.
This year, the participating teams faced the Case of Pirates in the Treasured Sea which was brought to the International Court of Justice by the Kingdom of Warangia against the Estados Federales de Margarida. The Case involved various complicated legal problems of international law which were to be decided in light of several important multilateral conventions.
The Supervisory Board and the Telders Organizing Office wish to express their gratitude to the sponsors which have pledged their support to the Competition in many different ways. After several years of growing support the present worldwide financial crisis has regrettably made it considerably more difficult to find new sponsors.
The Supervisory Board would like to thank all the talented teams which have taken part in the Competition, all the erudite panelists, the members of the International Board of Review as well as the members of the jury who donated their time. They made the Telders Competition 2010 a most enjoyable and edifying event!
Judge Bengt Broms Chairman of the Supervisory Board