Qatar Airways/McGill Air Law Speed Moot Court Competition

**We regret to announce that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Qatar Airways/McGill Air Law Speed Moot Court Competition
has been postponed until further notice. **

Key dates

  • 19 March 2020, 1700hrs: deadline for team registration
  • 23 March 2020: request for clarification due
  • 30 March 2020: responses to the requests for clarification
  • 2 and 3 April 2020: dates of the 2020 Competition

Key documents





    The 2020 Qatar Airways/McGill Air Law Speed Moot Court Competition will provide law students at the undergraduate and graduate levels with the unique opportunity to grapple with fascinating topics and legal issues in aviation, and provide a platform for budding lawyers to perfect their oral advocacy and public speaking skills. Participants in the moot court will be able to obtain a one-credit recognition. This year, for the first time, participation in the moot court competition will also be open to students registered in all Quebec and Ontario law schools.

    This will be the third staging of the air law speed moot court competition. As in previous years, awards and prizes will be given for the winning team, the runner-up team, the best oralist and runner-up best oralist, and once again there will be a special “Spirit of the Moot” award chosen by the participating students.

    The novelty of the “speed moot” Competition is that it is based entirely on oral arguments rather than written briefs, thereby providing law students with opportunities to engage in a lively manner with complex and current issues in international aviation law and policy. Adding to the uniqueness of this event, the moot court problems for the Competition focus on issues of relevance to the agenda of the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). ICAO officials will be among the prestigious panels of judges for the Competition.

    Overview of the Air Law Speed Moot

    The 2020 Qatar Airways/McGill Air Law Speed Moot Competition will be held on 2 and 3 April 2020 in the elegant surroundings of the McGill Faculty Club in Montreal.

    To participate, each team must have two members. There will be no written submissions. Teams will make oral arguments only.

    The forum tribunal will be the International Court of Justice. The case will have only two principal issues (one for each team member). Arguments will be limited to 15 minutes for each team.
    Each team will argue at least once for the appellant and once for the respondent.

    Below are links to the cases and photographs of the previous renditions of the Qatar Airways/McGill Air Law Speed Moot Court Competition: 



    The 2020 moot court problem In the Matter of Flight Bans in Response to a Global Health Emergency relating to the Spread of the Coronavirus is available for download.

    Awards and Prizes to be won:

    • Winning team:          $1000
    • Runner-Up Team:     $750
    • Best Oralist:              $500
    • Spirit of the Moot:     $350


    Registration is suspended until further notice.

    For McGill students intending to register, please pay attention to the following conditions of participation from Student Affairs Office:

    • Participation will be recognised with 1 study credit:
      Specialized Topics in Law 1
      Advanced Mooting 1
    • Pre-requisite for participation is: PRAC 200 Advocacy
    • The moot is unfortunately not open to first-year students
    • Participation is not open to students that are currently completing or have already completed PRAC 510 Advanced Mooting 1

    Rules of Procedure

    The Qatar Airways/McGill Air Law Speed Moot Court Competition is governed by the Rules of Procedure .

    Please review them carefully prior to registering and taking part in the Competition.

    The Air Law Speed Moot Court Competition is proudly sponsored by Skytrax five-star airline Qatar Airways.

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