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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.


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

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


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. The written submissions must be handed in no later than 1 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.


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.


A travel plan will be sent to all teams participating in the oral round after the winners of the written round have been announced. The travel plans are based upon your 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 travel plan.

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.