Press Release: 9 June 2023

Universidade Federal da Bahia (Brazil) wins ICC Moot Court Competition, English version

Pictured here: ICC Judge Althea Violet Alexis-Windsor and the winning team ©ICC-CPI
Pictured here: ICC Judge Althea Violet Alexis-Windsor and the winning team ©ICC-CPI

Today, 9 June 2023, the Universidade Federal da Bahia (Brazil) won the final round of the 10th Edition of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court Competition, English version, held in ICC Courtroom I in The Hague (Netherlands). On the judge's bench for this competition were ICC Judge Althea Violet Alexis-Windsor, presiding, and ICC Legal Officers Cynthia Chamberlain and Farhaan Ahmed.

The Maastricht University (The Netherlands) and Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) won, respectively, second and third places. The award for the Best Speaker went to Maraya Mihaylova of the Maastricht University (The Netherlands).

Members of the winning team are Gabriel Gonçalves, Bruna Costa, Beatriz Faria, Vinicius Fornieles, Rafaela Freitas, Laura Borja and Guilhermo Hernandez. The teams competed on a fictitious case, presenting oral arguments in the roles of the Office of the Prosecutor, the Defence and a State Representative, which were web-streamed live on the Court's website and Facebook page.

This version of the ICC Moot Court Competition is organised by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies – Leiden University and the International Bar Association. Top students of 81 universities from 50 countries participated in the preliminary stage of this year's ICC Moot Court Competition. 

In the context of its Academic Programme, the ICC supports the organisation of ICC Moot Court Competitions in Chinese, English, French and Spanish, with a view to also support an 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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