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Space Law Moot Court team places as semifinalists in world competition

The LSU Law Center’s Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition team finished as semifinalists and one of the top four teams in the world at this year’s Space Law Moot.

The world finals were held at the International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany. The LSU team, consisting of students Max Roberts and Zach Miller, and coach Prof. Jeff Brooks, represented North America at the Lachs Moot World Championships.

The LSU/North America team was narrowly defeated in the semifinals by the Asian continental champions, Symbiosis Law School Pune of India. The judges panel was composed of eminent space law scholars and practitioners, including:

  • Leslie I. Tennen, Cologne Commentary on Space Law (CoCoSL), author of Part II of the Registration Convention
  • Marco Ferrazzani, Legal Counsel and Head of the Legal Services Department at the European Space Agency
  • Tanja Masson-Zwaan, Professor and Deputy Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • José Monserrat Filho, Head of the International Affairs Office of the Ministry of Science and Technology Brazil

The final round was won by the University of Pretoria, the African continental champions..

Students hold their plaques as they pose with judges

The LSU team (students Zach Miller, Max Roberts, and coach Prof. Jeff Brooks) are pictured here with the World Final Round judges, Judges Hanqin Xue (China), Peter Tomka (Slovakia), and Kirill Gevorgian (Russian Federation) of the International Court of Justice, the judicial body of the United Nations, and with the competition administrators.