All-European International Humanitarian and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition

ORGANISER: Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana (Professor Vasilka Sancin, PhD)   PARTNER INSTITUTIONS: 

  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • Slovenian Red Cross

ABOUT THE COMPETITION: This moot court competition is based on a Case Study which is carefully prepared by the organisers in cooperation with the ICRC and UNHCR and addresses the most pertinent and topical questions relating to international humanitarian and refugee law, drawing on the current crisis situations. It is designed to encourage students to study and understand the fundamental concepts of international humanitarian and refugee law by addressing concrete legal problems and practice their legal argumentation in front of experienced judges and panel members.

FORMAT OF THE COMPETITION: the competition will take place in a hybrid format. More specifically, each team can choose to participate either in situ in Ljubljana or online, depending on the epidemiological circumstances of the time or other concerns that the team might have. In avoidance of any doubt, the choice of whether to participate in situ in Ljubljana or online is on the team. This applies to both the preliminary and the final rounds of the competition.

The application fee remains the same regardless of the choice of the team to participate in situ or in person in Ljubljana.

The Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana will host the 5th edition of the All-European International Humanitarian and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition between November 25th – 29th 2020.


All European universities are invited to apply for the 5th edition of the

All-European International Humanitarian and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition

at the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana between November 25th - 29th 2020 and is organised in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Slovenian Red Cross.



Who may apply? All European universities, teaching International Humanitarian and Refugee law. Only one team per University may apply. A team must be composed of minimum two and maximum three law students (1st or 2nd Bologna level or equivalent) and a coach or academic supervisor.

How to apply? Send an email to with the following information:

    • names and surnames of student competitors and their contact details (email);
    • name and surname of a coach/an academic supervisor;
    • university affiliation.

The early bird application fee is 150 EUR per team. The regular application fee is 200 EUR per team. Any costs of the wire transfer are to be borne by the applicants. Instructions for the payment of the application fee will be provided to the applicants via email. The Costs of travel and accommodation are to be borne by the team itself.

Main themes of this year’s competition include: protection of civilians; autonomous weapon systems; urban warfare; naval warfare; classification of conflict; contemporary challenges related to the conduct of hostilities; methods of war; human rights issues including the principle of non-refoulement and international criminal law.  

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Teams that apply before June 20th 2020, are eligible to apply for financial support of the ICRC to cover the costs of accommodation during the competition. Only applications sent to,  accompanied by (1) a letter from the university, stating that it cannot cover the costs of accommodation, and (2) a statement as to why the team cannot obtain financial support for the costs of accommodation from other sources, are to be considered.

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