Today, 3 June 2016, Andrés Bello Catholic University (Venezuela) 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 Buenos Aires (Argentina) and the University of Guadalajara (Mexico) won, respectively, second and third place. The Best Speaker award went to Ana Clara Rivero of the University of Buenos Aires. Members of the winning team are Edith Lorena González, Ricardo Izquierdo, Pedro Perez-Segnini Borjas, Daniela Suárez and Omar Piñango.
This year, 16 teams from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Spain and Venezuela participated in this year's simulation exercise on the applicable law and jurisprudence of the ICC, of which 9 teams participated in the semi-finals during the Iberoamerican Week of International Justice in The Hague. Today's final round took place before a bench composed of ICC Judge Olga Herrera Carbuccia (presiding), ICC Judge Sylvia Steiner, and Legal Officer Ania Salinas. The teams competed on a fictitious case, presenting oral arguments during an appeals hearing in the roles of the Trust Fund for Victims, 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 fourth edition of the Spanish version of the ICC Moot Court Competition is organised by the Ibero-American Institute for Peace, Human Rights and International Justice (IIH), with the institutional support of the International Criminal Court, and in the context of the VI Ibero-American Week of International Justice held in The Hague from 30 May to 10 June.
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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