Both the 2022 Case and the Synopsis can be found and downloaded on our 2022 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition Page.
This year’s case is:
Candidia vs. Xenovia
Case Concerning Registration and Damages Involving Objects Manufactured in Space
Candidia and Xenovia are two small nations with growing space sector activities, using many new technologies, such as 3-D printers and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to manufacture space objects in outer space. Candidia’s “Valerian 806” satellite is part of a mega-satellite constellation. It was manufactured in space, and deployed to low Earth orbit from the “Pacem” space station. Valerian’s owners defaulted on payments due. The creditor contracted for the Fenix-3 satellite, registered in Xenovia, to take possession of Valerian 806 and to relocate it to another orbit. In the process of taking possession, both the Valerian 806 and Fenix-3 satellites were destroyed in an explosion. Most of the fragments burned up in the atmosphere but some pieces survived atmospheric re-entry. Tragically, one large fragment of the Fenix-3 satellite struck a cargo plane of the Candidia military in flight, which crashed into the ocean killing all nine persons on board.
Unable to reach a resolution to their dispute by diplomatic means, both Parties have submitted their claims for compensation for damages to the International Court of Justice for adjudication.