Today, 6 June 2014, UNAM University (Mexico) won the final round of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court Competition, Spanish version, held in ICC Courtroom I in The Hague (Netherlands). The University of Costa Rica and the University of Cadiz (Spain) won, respectively, second and third place. The Best Speaker award went to Boris Molina Mathiew, of the University of Costa Rica. The winning team is composed of Linda Helena Maclú Zorrero, Roxana Razo Curiel, Claudia Manzanares Soriano, and Víctor Manuel Miranda Leyva.
This year, 21 teams from nine Iberoamerican countries participated in this year’s simulation exercise on the applicable law and jurisprudence of the ICC, of which 19 teams participated in the semi-finals during the Iberoamerican Week in The Hague. Today’s final round took place before a bench composed of ICC Judges Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi (presiding), Olga Herrera Carbuccia and Sylvia Steiner. The teams competed on a fictitious case, presenting oral arguments during an appeals hearing in the roles of Prosecution, Defence and Legal Representatives of Victims.
After a break for deliberations, the bench announced their 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 Spanish version of the ICC Moot Court Competition is organised by the Iberoamerican Institute for Peace, Human Rights and International Justice (IIH), with the institutional support of the International Criminal Court, and in the context of the fourth annual Iberoamerican Week of International Justice and Human Rights, held in The Hague.
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.
View photographs of the event here.
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