August 21, 2019

Leiden University wins ICC Moot Court Competition

Pictured here: ICC Judge Geoffrey A. Henderson with the winning team ©ICC-CPI

Leiden University (The Netherlands) won the International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court Competition – English edition. The final round was held today, 7 June 2019, in Courtroom I of the ICC in The Hague (the Netherlands). The Honorable Society of King’s Inns (Ireland) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong) share the second place. The award for the Best Speaker went to Anna Rubbi from Leiden University (The Netherlands).

Members of the winning team are Cale Davis, Keat Teoh, Elizabeth Hartley, Anna Rubbi, Olivia Waddell, Tess van Gaal and Pauline Martini. On the judge’s bench for this competition were ICC Judge Geoffrey A. Henderson, presiding, and ICC legal officers Simon de Smet and Chitrangada Singh. The teams competed on a fictitious case, presenting oral arguments in the roles of the Office of the Prosecutor, the Defence and State Counsel, which were web-streamed live on the Court’s website.

This version of the ICC Moot Court Competition is organised by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies – Leiden University, in partnership with the International Bar Association and sponsored by the Planethood Foundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, The Hague Municipality and Stanza Bookshop. Top students of 69 universities from 51 countries and six continents worldwide participated in the preliminary stage of this year’s ICC Moot Court Competition.

In the context of its Academic Programme, the ICC supports the organisation of ICC Moot Court Competitions in Chinese, English, Russian and Spanish, with a view to also support Arabic and French versions in the future. These initiatives play a critical role in galvanising interest in the Court’s work with academic communities as well as in enhancing promotion and respect for international criminal law.

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