Today, 12 July 2013, Madrid Autonomous University (Spain) won the final round of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Trial Competition, Spanish version, held in ICC Courtroom I in The Hague (Netherlands). The University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and the University of Valparaiso (Chile) won, respectively, second and third place. The Best Speaker award went to Noelia Verónica Matalone, of the University of Buenos Aires. The winning team is composed of Guillermo Carrasco Díaz, Marta Pantaleón Díaz, Diego Sobejano Nieto, Marta Garnelo Caamaño, Lorena Manzanero Giménez, and is coached by Mariona Llobet Anglí and Daniel Rodríguez Horcajo.
43 participants from seven Iberoamerican countries participated in this year’s simulation exercise on the applicable law and jurisprudence of the ICC. Before a bench composed of ICC Judge Sylvia Steiner (presiding), ICC Judge Olga Venecia Herrera Carbuccia and Legal Officer Alejandro Kiss, 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 Trial Competition is organised by the International Criminal Court and the Iberoamerican Institute for Peace, Human Rights and International Justice (IIH), in the context of the 3rd 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 Trial Competitions in English, Spanish, Russian and Chinese. 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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