Emeralda v Mazonia
As we know, in 2006 New Zealand's University of Auckland Law School conquered the space moot world and took home the trophy for its stellar and winning lawyering in the 2006 moot case, Galatea v Thalassa, held in in Valencia, Spain.
The 2007 challenge, Emeralda v Mazonia ("The Case Concerning International Liability"), looks the be another doozy.
My favorites to win in '07? Well, here on SLP we don't wager, especially on fake litigation, but I do note that Auckland has taken two titles so far this millennium, so they are on a roll. But of course McGill, which made it to the finals in '06 is overdue to blow away the moot competition. However George Washington, which won the first-ever space law moot court competition in 1992 in Washington DC, and came back to win it again in 2005 in Fukuoka, Japan, could make three a charm. Let's see... the Netherlands' University of Leiden is also a two-time champ, winning in '93 in Graz, Austria, and again in '04, in Vancouver, Canada. And, well, there are always surprises.
My only regret is that the competition is not webcast live -- or at all. Maybe one day? There's a digital first for everything.
Check the moot calendar for dates of regional rounds in Asia, Europe and North America.
And the 2007 world finals will take place during the 58th International Astronautical Congress and the International Institute of Space Law's annual colloquium, Sept. 2007 in Hyderabad, India.
Student space law litigators, fire up your laptops. And good luck to all.
(Meanwhile, got picks for who will win the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, 2007? Don't send them here.)