by the Telders Society for International Law
The first Telders Competition was organised in 1977 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Telders Student Society, which had been established in Leiden in 1947. In that year, three countries from Western Europe (France, Germany and the Netherlands) entered the Competition. The judges were H.E. Lachs, H.E. Singh and H.E. Tarazi of the International Court of Justice.
The success of the first Telders Competition inspired the Telders Society for International Law to continue. Henceforth, a great tradition was born which lasts till this very day. The warm relations with the International Court of Justice still enable the organization to use the premises of the most important judicial organ in the world. Moreover, students from every corner of Europe have found their way to the 'City of Peace of Justice' that the city of The Hague has become over the years.
The success of the Competition has reached such a magnitude that it became harder for the Society to organize the event by itself. Since 2004 the management has been put in the hands of the Campus The Hague – Leiden University, which enabled its further expansion and professionalization. I would like to thank the Telders Organizing Office for their splendid efforts this year. Once again they have made it possible for many students from all over Europe to meet each other and experience international law in practice.
It is important to realize the strong bond between the Society and the Competition. A large number of our members have contributed to another successful episode in the 33 years of history of the Telders Moot Court and the 63 years of history of the Telders Society. They all enjoyed meeting you and experiencing the legacy of Professor Telders.
Eerke Steller President of the Prof. Mr B.M. Telders Society for International Law