Press Release: 3 June 2022

The EFB Professional Bar Training School (France) wins first edition of ICC Trial Competition, French version

The EFB Professional Bar Training School wins first edition of ICC Trial Competition French version
Pictured here: The competition jury, Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, Judge Reine Alapini-Gansou, and Adelaide Figueiras with the winning team ©ICC-CPI

Today, 3 June 2022, the Professional Bar Training School under the jurisdiction of the Paris Court of Appeal - EFB (France) won the first edition of the French edition of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Trial Competition. The final round was held in Courtroom II of the ICC in The Hague (the Netherlands). On the judge's bench for this competition were ICC Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, presiding, ICC Judge Reine Alapini-Gansou and ICC Legal Officer Adelaide Figueiras.

The Professional training school for lawyers of the North-West - IXAD (France) won the second place. The award for the Best Speaker went to Manon Lanselle from the Professional training school for lawyers of the North-West.

Members of the winning team are Gabriel Sebbah, Raphaël Biais, Sophie Lejeune et Léa Darves-Bornoz. The teams competed on a fictitious case, presenting oral arguments in the roles of the Office of the Prosecutor and the Defence, which were web-streamed live on the Court's website and Facebook page.

This first edition of the ICC Trial Competition in French language is organised by The Hague Academy of International Law with the support of the French Embassy in the Netherlands. 40 students of 10 universities from 5 countries participated in the preliminary stage of this first edition of the ICC Moot Court Competition in French language.  

In the context of its Academic Programme, the ICC supports the organisation of ICC Trial Court Competitions in Chinese, English, Russian, Spanish and French, with a view to also support Arabic version 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.

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