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National Law University, Delhi, wins ICC Trial Competition, English version


Today, 23 May 2014, National Law University, Delhi, won the final round of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Trial Competition, English version, held in ICC Courtroom I in The Hague (Netherlands). Hebrew University of Jerusalem and China Foreign Affairs University won, respectively, second and third place. The winning team comprises Dhruv Sharma, Amrutanshu Dash, Sanjeevi Seshadri, Ishan Patnaik and Rakesh Jayakumar. The Best Speaker award from the entire English-language competition went to Elizabeth Brown of the University of New South Wales, which competed in the preliminary rounds.

This year, 49 teams comprising a total of 290 participants from 35 countries worldwide participated in this year’s English-language simulation exercise on the applicable law and jurisprudence of the ICC. Before a bench composed of ICC Judge Howard Morrison (presiding), Special Assistant to the ICC President Philipp Ambach, and ICC Legal Officer Mary-Anne Power, the teams competed on a fictitious case, presenting oral arguments during an appeals hearing in the roles of Prosecution, Defence and Legal Representatives of a Government.

After a break for deliberations, ICC Judge Morrison announced the bench’s decision and an awards ceremony was held for all participants. The finalists’ peers attended the event in the Court’s public galleries and the event was web streamed live on the Court’s official website.

The ICC Trial Competition is organised by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University, The Hague Campus, with the institutional support of the ICC. Also cooperating on the project are the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) of Switzerland, the Planethood Foundation, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg and The Netherlands, the Municipality of The Hague, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, The Hague Institute for Global Justice, the Embassy of Ireland, the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation, and the International Committee of the Red Cross.  

In the context of its Academic Programme, the ICC supports the organisation of ICC Trial 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.

 View photographs of the event here.

For further information, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, International Criminal Court, by telephone at: +31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at: fadi.el-abdallah@icc-cpi.int.

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