Structure of the Competition

  • Written Submissions

    Interested students from all over the world are sending in their written memorandum based on a fictitious case. Registered teams have to send one Written Submission for the Complainant and one Written Submission for the Respondent (two separate Written Submissions in total). Each Submission shall not exceed 30 pages, not including the cover page. Regardless the fact, whether a team is preparing to compete in the International Written Round or they are sending their Written Submissions for scoring before the Regional Round, it is of a crucial importance to bear in mind the role of the Written Submissions in the whole competition. In the preliminary rounds the teams will be ranked according to the total score of their oral pleadings (70 %) and on the evaluations of their Written Submissions (30%).

  • Regional Rounds

    Afterwards, all the teams will have the opportunity to present their oral submissions both for the Complainant and the Respondent in front of a Panel at the Regional Round. The Panel consists of WTO professionals and trade law experts. The ELSA Moot Court Competition is made up of two European Regional Rounds, one Regional Round for East and South Asia-Pacific, an All American Regional Round and one Regional Round for Africa. The Regional Rounds shall have at least three stages: Preliminary Rounds, Semi-Finals and the Grand Final.


    The 16th edition’s Regional Rounds dates & locations are:

    • 1st European Regional Round: 28 February – 4 March 2018 in Naples, Italy
    • 2nd European Regional Round: 6 – 10 March in Wroclaw, Poland Visit their site here: http://emc2.elsa.org.pl
    • All-American Regional Round: 22 – 25 March 2018 in Washington D.C., the United States
    • Asian-Pacific Regional Round: 5 – 9 April 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand
    • African Regional Round: 24 – 29 April 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Final Oral Round

    The best 22 teams from all over the world are qualified to participate in the Final Oral Round that takes place at the WTO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Competition is growing every single year, going beyond our wildest expectations. ELSA International and EMC2 supporters are working continuously on its further expansion. The Competition has strong, long term financial contributors and a lot of academic support from the World Trade Organization itself.