kept busy practicing our pleadings and asking each other difficult ‘judge questions’ for most of it. And had a few laughs, too, of course. It was during this road trip that we understood how good a team we were. Still, as fun as the road trip was, it was a relief to finally make it to the hotel in The Hague by midnight the night before the competition, meet up with our coach who had managed to catch a train from London, and get a few hours sleep before facing the Peace Palace the next day…
The Peace Palace building itself and its surroundings are magnificent! To walk around there and imagine all the brilliant people that have been sitting on those benches, walked those lawns, and pleaded in those halls! We were thrilled. And to finally stand in front of the judges, the final test, was quite an experience. You would never now when an unexpected question would be posed or how your opponents would argue. This was a great experience, which we learned a lot from.
On our first night out, in that cellar in central The Hague, the spirit was more than high! Already when we wandered around in order to find the place, people joined in the group and were drinking and singing as we searched the old streets for the restaurant. When everyone was in place, a veritable rush for the Dutch pancakes took place: the beer was flowing and the teams from different countries were exchanging views on the best ways to get rid of pirates.
Quite simply, we had a great time in The Hague! Meeting new people, testing our argumentative skills, being in those impressive surroundings. And now, another 36 hour drive and some months away from it, it will always remain a great memory for us!
WINNER OF THE AWARD FOR BEST ORAL ARGUMENTATION ON BEHALF OF THE APPLICANT
Honorable Society of King’s Inns
The Telders Moot Court is one of the most rewarding experiences a law student can have during his/her study of law, which can, as Kafka once remarked, at times have “the intellectual excitement of chewing sawdust that has been pre-chewed by thousands of other mouths.” The Telders Moot is the polar opposite of Kafka’s contention. Poring over the difficult yet exciting problem question, reading up on different topics of international law, discussing the issues (while not attending classes) with one’s team mates, almost missing the deadline for handing in the written submissions, preparing for oral argumentation (with the invaluable help of our coach), hoping for a volcano to stop spewing ash – all of these things made the Telders 2010 experience an unforgettable event for us. Needless to say that the meeting of other international law enthusiasts, the welcoming and friendly staff, and the outstanding organisation of the event contributed to a wonderful and exceptional experience.