Questions and Answers regarding the Competition – University of Copenhagen

Questions and Answers regarding the Copenhagen Competition 2014

The most relevant questions and the following answers will be published here for the benefit of all participants. The identity of the person/team posing the question will not be revealed. Please keep your questions short and to the point.


Q: Is it an obligation to include legal analysis in the poster?
A: We would suggest you focus on explaining what is interesting about “your” product and why you chose it. If it comes naturally to you to explain the legal analysis; perhaps visual explanations of “like” or “unlike” products relating to the legal analysis, that is fine. But you are not obliged to include legal analysis on the poster. The poster should also be interesting to view by others than those in the competition.

Q: Must we include new additional material in the posters than what is in the written submission?
A: Yes, and consult also Article 11 of the Rules. Remember the focus is to make it easy for the judges (they cannot read new written material during the oral round, but they have seen your poster and can react to new material presented on the poster OR presented orally during the oral rounds – so keep it simple, short and sweet!)

Q: Should we print the poster by ourselves, or send a digital version of it to the Competition organizers to be printed over there?
You need to print the posters yourselves. The competition will reimburse any (reasonable) costs upon receipt of your invoice in Danish Kroners at the Competition. Please contact before you order the print, if you want to make sure, if the competition finds the prize acceptable

Q: May we present more than one poster (for example, one dedicated to the scientific presentation, another one for the general legal explanation and another one for the combination of the two)?
A: You may only present ONE poster for the Copenhagen Competition AND the Congress.

Q: Will we know in advance whom we are compete against in each round or that will be discolosed only after we arrive at Copenhagen?
A: We will have a draw at the welcome dinner.

Q: Is the oral round of the Copenhagen Competition open to the general public?
A: Yes, the oral round is open to the general public. Seats are given on a first come, first serve basis.

Q: Is it possible to bring other students beside the team to watch the oral round of the Copenhagen Competition?
A: Yes, it is possible, but the said students will have to arrange and pay for their own travel and hotel expenses. The Copenhagen Competition pays for the team (2-4 students) and 1 coach.


All teams will receive a link to an individual registration form that must be filled out by all team members and coaches travelling to Copenhagen (this also includes the team from University of Copenhagen). Individual travel itineraries will be requested from our travel agent based upon the requested dates, times and airports stipulated in your registration form. Please do NOT inquire about individual travel arrangements before the form is filled in and returned to the organizers and you have received your itinerary.

Q: Do I have to arrive and/or depart on the dates of the competition/congress?
A: No, if you would like to combine the trip with a bit of sightseeing, you just indicate on your registration form the dates you would like to arrive and depart. But we can't guarantee to comply with your wishes as this very much depends on the costs of the flights. If the prize gap between two consecutive dates is too big, we will opt for the cheaper date. You will receive a preliminary travel itinerary for your approvel before the flight is booked making changes possible. Any extra days in Denmark will be at your own expense. The competition only covers the expenses during the competition/congress. Once the flight is booked, it can only be changed at your expense.

Q: Which hotel will we be staying at?
A: You will be staying at First Hotel G & Suites.

Q: Do I need a visa to enter Denmark?
A: Citizens from specific countries are required to obtain a Visa to enter Denmark. Please check this list to see if your country is among them. If you need a visa, it is your responsibility to start the visa application procedure as quickly as possible. Read more on How to apply.

Q: Will our visa fees be covered by Copenhagen Competition?
A: No, if you need a visa to enter Denmark, Copenhagen Competition will provide you with a formal letter of invitation for your visa application. Any costs involved must be covered by the individual participant, coach or university.

Q: Will our meals be covered by the Copenhagen Competition?
A: The Copenhagen Competition will provide meals to participants and coaches as follows:

- Breakfast on 20 October to 24 October (served at the hotel)
- Lunch on 20 October to 24 October (served at the competition or the congress venue)
- Dinner on 20 October to 24 October (served at the hotel and various other locations)

If you should decide NOT to participate in the arranged meals, you must cover the expenses to any alternative meals yourself.

Q: Will our travel insurance be covered by Copenhagen Competition?
A: Yes, Copenhagen Competition will provide every participant and coach with travel insurance covering the period of Sunday 19 / Monday 20 October to Friday 24 / Saturday 25 October 2014. If you arrive prior to this date or leave later to explore some of Denmark on your own, this will be at your own expense.

Q: Will our transport to/from the airport in Copenhagen to the hotel be covered by the Copenhagen Competition?
A: No, you will have to cover all costs for local transport yourself (both in Denmark and at home). Copenhagen Airport is situated very close to the city of Copenhagen, and is easily accessible:

By taxi
Taxis are found outside the arrival terminal at Terminal 3. Expect to pay about DKK 250-300 to go to the centre of Copenhagen. Travel time is approximately 15-30 minutes depending on traffic.

By train, bus and Metro
The metro runs every few minutes from the airport directly to Nørreport St. which is within walking distance of the hotel. The Metro, bus and train services have a fully integrated ticket system in the Greater Copenhagen area. When you buy a ticket for the Metro you can use it on the buses and trains as well. Two children under 12 years of age can travel with you on your adult ticket free of charge.

You can purchase single tickets, ten trip cards and City Passes from the train ticket outlets or from the ticket machines located in all stations, including the station at the airport. The machines accept Danish coins and all major credit cards.

Alternatively, you can purchase 24-hour or 72-hour City Passes online on Visitcopenhagen website or you can download a mobile app for Android and Apple named “Mobilbilletter” (choose English as the language in the app when installing) to purchase single tickets.

Read more on or 

• Copenhagen Airport = Københavns Lufthavn
• Copenhagen Central Station = København H

Q: Is it acceptable for the participating teams to receive financial support from sponsors or governmental bodies interested in the competition / the participating students?
A: It is no problem that participating teams have a financial sponsor in the form of a company or governmental bodies on the condition that the students do the actual work themselves.


Q: How do we submit the registration for our team?
Your team contact person fill out the registration form (closed) for your team and upload your written submission at the same time.

Q: When is the deadline for registration of ourteam?
A: The deadline for final registration is 9 May 2014 at 12:00 om (GMT +1)

Q: How do we pre-register for Copenhagen Competition?
A: You pre-register by sending an email to Please state which university you are entering and list the name, title and contact information of the principal contact person of the team. We prefer to limit our communication with the entered teams to one person to avoid confusion.

Q: It is difficult for us to recruit either a law student or a "hard" science student to our team. May we participate in the competition with a team of only law students or only students from "hard" sciences?
A: No, your team must consist of minimum 1 law student and 1 "hard" science student. However, you do not need to give us the final team composition until the final registration on 9 May 2014. We want to make sure that all teams have flexibility in starting working on the assignment while still looking for new team members as several universities are having problems finding especially science students.


Q: How do we submit the written submission?
A: Your team contact person upload and submit the written submission when registering the team using our registration form (closed). The written submissions must be handed in no later than 9 May 2014, 12:00 pm (GMT +1) in one single document containing all the relevant material in one file.

Q: We are having problems uploading the written submission to the registration form. What do we do?
A: Please attach the written submission to an email and send it to before the submission deadline. If this doesn't work either, please contact us and we will find a suitable solution. You still need to fill out the rest of the registration form.


Clarification questions to unclear passages of the negotiation topic, if such exist, can be posed until March 1, 2014.

Q: To what extent should the substance of the consideration legal questions take into account issues that may arise beyond those mentioned explicitly in the text of the case? A: As to the substance of the answers of the legal questions, the teams must use their own good judgment concerning the weight and space they give to issues such as “free riders” and potential “circumvention” of the concessions. Clearly the teams will not be able to solve every hypothetical issues one can imagine that potentially could arise, but it may be wise to suggest solutions to the main problems the teams have thought off beyond the specific text of the questions posed in the competition – without allocating too much space to questions “beyond” the specific questions in the competition.

Q: May the proposed product be intangible?
A: We will not “ban” intangible products, but nevertheless advise teams to choose tangible products instead. The life-cycle analysis and the justification of whether an intangible product falls under the GATT/TBT analysis that is part of the assignment may become very complicated for an intangible product, which will deduct points in the scoring. On the other hand, if those analyses end up being easy to understand, also for other teams, it will be fun and can get a high score. It is therefore up to the teams themselves to evaluate which type of product they will choose.


Q: How are graphs and images calculated within the page limits and characters limits? Excluded? And if included, how are they to be calculated?
A: You count the characters instead of pages and exclude graphs etc.

Q: We are asking for a clarification on the eligibility of current master's students who have declared their intent to pursue a PhD. program in the ensuing years but are currently completing their master's studies in the 2013-2014 school year.
A: Students that are enrolled as a master student on May 1, 2014, and will complete the master’s studies on the 2013-2014 school year, but is already accepted into/enrolled into a PhD program are not excluded from participating in the Copenhagen Competition 2014.

Q: How much are the coaches allowed to help the teams?
A: Article 3:4(h) specifies that the written submission must be written by the participants only. Moreover, as is customary in international moot courts, the participants must do their own research and the coach is not supposed to do the actual drafting, research or the like – but to act as a professor giving good hints and good advice. The coach is expected to read through the drafts and give feedback – both on style and content.

Q: The rules require that at least one student competitor be in “hard science” degree program.  I have one student who is enrolled in  double Bachelor degree program.  At the end he will graduate with a Bachelor of Law degree and Bachelor of Science degree (sustainability studies).  Would it be permissible to use him as our hard science student?
A: Yes, it is permissible. Students enrolled in double Bachelor degree programs such as a Bachelor of Law degree and Bachelor of Science degree may be entered as either a law student or a “hard science” student, if they otherwise comply with the rules.