LL.M. Programmes

ICC Moot

 

 

The ICC Moot Court Competition is an international competition that is organised by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, and it takes place annually in The Hague, the Netherlands. Its aim is both to familiarise the participants with the case-law and the proceedings before the International Criminal Court (ICC), and to strengthen their writing and advocacy skills as aspiring international lawyers.

Every participating team has to represent the three different procedural parties: the defence, the prosecution and the victims. The competition consists of two phases: the written and the oral round. As soon as the fictional case is published, teams will prepare and send in their memorials, one per procedural party. During the second phase, the “hearings”, teams of three speakers (one for each procedural party) compete against each other. The winner is chosen based on the substance of the arguments and the quality of the performance. Awards are also given for the best memorial, the best victim’s counsel, the best prosecutor and the best non-native English-speaking team.

Coaches:

  • Nicole Citeroni
  • Anna Moraiti
  • Melina Anastasopoulou

Surpervising Professor:

  • Prof. Steafn Braum

Team members:

  • Gaetano Ancona
  • Grazia Bruzzese
  • Antoine Villance
  • Ovidiu Dimitrie Simon

Recent News:

The team has submitted the written memorials and is preparing for the participation in the main round of the oral pleadings, which will take place online (via Zoom).

Student Testimonial:

“Thought-provoking, instructive, and empowering. These are three adjectives that best describe the ICC moot court. Taking part in this competition did not only allow me to acquire deep knowledge in international criminal law, a very sensitive and increasingly important subject. Furthermore, it was the perfect occasion to acquire valuable skills, like conceiving succinct arguments and pleading. On the other hand, participating, like in my case for a second time, in a moot court constitutes a valuable asset for a future legal career. A veritable lifetime experience so unique that it makes one forget its inherent challenges.”  - Grazia Bruzzese, Master in European Economic and Financial Criminal Law (LL.M.)

Past performance highlights:

  • 2015-2016: Competed in the Main Round of oral pleadings in The Hague, the Netherlands
  • 2016-2017: Competed in the Main Round of oral pleadings in The Hague, the Netherlands

2016-2017 ICC Moot Team