International Migration and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition - Ghent, March 2022

General Information

mc1It is with pleasure that the Migration Law Research Group (MigrLaw) from Ghent University is organizing the 2022 International Migration and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition. After winning its first edition, organised by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2019, we are happy to host the next edition of the moot court competition in Ghent, one of Belgium’s most picturesque cities.

Moot Court Case, Rules and Material

The 2022 International Migration and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition case concerns a national of the Syrian Arab Republic, who asks for international protection in the People’s Republic of Kalakuta, a fictitious country.

You can find the Case on this link.

The Competition’s Rules, can be consulted on this link.

The Clarifications, are accessible via this link.

And finally, aiming to guide students in the first steps of their research, some case materials will be shared upon registration, when the Team number is communicated.

Moot Court structure

The moot court competition consists of a written round and a two-day oral round in Ghent (Belgium). Each team will plead a fictitious case between a State and a migrant before a judicial body. A particular and challenging characteristic of the International Migration and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition is that the case develops throughout the competition. Particular attention will also be paid to a debriefing of the case and feedback to the teams.

  • The written pleadings

Each team should submit written pleadings on behalf of both the State and the migrant. The written pleadings should not exceed 6000 words for each party (excluding footnotes). An international evaluation panel will evaluate these memorials. A maximum of 12 teams will be invited for the oral hearing in Ghent on the basis of the quality of their written pleadings.

  • The oral pleadings

mc2During the oral hearing each team will plead twice (once for the State and once for the migrant). The initial case – as submitted for the written pleadings – will be the basis for the first rounds of the oral hearing. The best teams will compete with each other in the (semi)final(s), in which respectively a new element and an entire new migration law topic will be prepared and pleaded. Each court session takes 60 minutes, including pleadings, rebuttals and questions of the judges. Judges will be experts in the field of asylum and migration law, thanks to a collaboration with the International Association of Refugee and Migration Judges.

  • Evaluating Committee

Each team is required to nominate one qualified person, who consented to be a member of the evaluating panel. This member shall not be involved in (the preparation of) any of the participating teams. Each member of the evaluating committee evaluates two or three written pleadings.

  • Timeline


A unique learning opportunity

This International Moot Court Competition attaches great importance to the students’ learning experience. To this end, a debriefing of the case, in the form of a panel debate, as well as individual feedback sessions between judges and teams will be organised 


We are pleased that 40 teams, from 23 different countries have signed up to the 2022 Migration Moot Court Competition!  You can find the names of the different universities below:

  • Basket University (Ankara, Turkey)
  • Bowen University (Iwo, Nigeria)
  • Cavendish University of Uganda (Kampala, Uganda)
  • City Law School (London, UK)
  • Eastern University (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
  • International University Mitso (Minsk, Belarus)
  • Istanbul University (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Jomo Kenyatta university of Agriculture and Technology (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Faculty of Law Osijek (Osijek, Croatia)
  • Kenya School of Law (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Lloyd Law College (Delhi, India)
  • Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai (Mumbai, India)
  • Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (Halle, Germany)
  • Menofia university  (Shebin El-kom, Egypt)
  • National University of San Marcos (Lima, Peru)
  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (Chicago, USA)
  • PNU (Tehran, Iran)
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Lima, Peru)
  • Radbound University (Nijmegen, the Netherlands)
  • Russian-Armenian University (Yerevan, Armenia)
  • School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (London, UK)
  • Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Tabesh University (Kabul, Afghanistan)
  • The Australian National University (Canberra, Australia)
  • The University of Nairobi (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Uganda Christian University (Kampala, Uganda)
  • University of Lagos (Lagos, Nigeria)
  • Univeristy of Antwerp (Antwerp, Belgium)
  • University of Gondar (Gondar, Ethiopia)
  • University of Huddersfield (Huddersfield, UK)
  • University of Kent -Brussels School of International Studies (Brussels, Belgium)
  • University of Mazandaran (Babolsar, Iran)
  • University of Nigeria (Enugu, Nigeria)
  • University of Pretoria (Pretoria, South Africa)
  • University of Tehran (Tehran, Iran)
  • University of Venda (Thohoyandou ,South Africa)
  • University of Warsaw (Warsaw, Poland)
  • University of Calabar (Calabar, Nigeria)
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
  • XIM University (Bhabeneswar, India)


All teams will submit their written memorials by 15 December 2021, which will be reviewed by the Evaluating Committee. On 15 January 2022, the 12 teams that advance to the oral rounds will be announced.

Teams advanced to the oral rounds

The following teams have qualified for the oral rounds as their written pleadings received the highest scores by the Members of the Evaluating Committee:


Oral rounds moot court

Thanks to the generous financial support of the international migration law firm Fragomen, the following two teams will be awarded a travel grant: 

  1. University of Lagos (Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria)
  2. National University of San Marcos (Lima, Peru)

Organisation Team

Migration Law Research Group (MigrLaw)

GhentMigrLaw Research Group

Contact Details

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