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The RFTA team took part in the final stage of the Telders competition in international law


In the period from June 7 to 12, 2021, the RFTA team formed by Natalia Kharitonova (International Law Faculty (ILF), Master's Program, 1st year), Yulia Goga (ILF, 4th year) and Maria Zhivina (ILF, Master's Program, 1st year) took part in the final part of the 44th International Competition in Public International Law organized by Leiden University, the Netherlands. The competition is named after Benjamin Marius Telders, professor, humanist and anti-fascist who died in a concentration camp in early 1945.

The team was coached by Ilya M. Lifshits, Professor of the Department of International Law of the Russian Foreign Trade Academy. In 2021, due to the epidemiological situation, the final part of the competition was held in a remote mode.

On the first stage of the competition the participants had to prepare memoranda of the parties. The next stage was oral hearings. The essence of the competition is simulation of the session of the International Court of Justice of the United Nations. The team prepared memoranda of the plaintiff and of the defendant on the issues of international law raised in the materials of the case. The 2021 case “The Almontan Shrubland” covered the following aspects: binding force of unilateral declarations of states, sustainable development, transboundary harm, climate change, immunities of state officials, international responsibility of states for the expropriation of investments.

Participation in a prestigious competition is a great experience for our team!

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