Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, 2017
University of Pittsburgh Barco Law School
The High School Moot International Criminal Court (ICC) Competition is designed to introduce high school students to the work of the ICC and how important international human rights issues are dealt with in an international criminal justice context. This program is sponsored by Global Studies Center and the Center for International Legal Education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (CILE).
The Moot ICC is a simulation of case presented to the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court. This is different than what is common in mock trial, in which the penalty phase of a trial is commonly simulated. For Moot ICC participants will be focused exclusively on the legal issues raised by the case.
The competition is a closed-research process, with sources, including case law, journal articles, and factual information provided to students. This is designed to encourage students to focus on a careful consideration of the human rights issues raised by the questions presented. Students will be required to prepare a four-page memorial and two oral arguments as if they were legal counsel for both the Applicant and Respondent before the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court. While the rules of the competition do not perfectly mirror the ICC’s Rules of Procedure, the competition has been structured to provide as realistic an experience as practical.
The questions presented are limited to the specific case provided. There will be two issues within the case that must be addressed during the “trial.” Both of these issues deal with very sensitive, serious, and potentially controversial issues. It is highly recommended that the teachers, coaches, and/or advisers involved in helping students prepare for the competition spend significant time with the students studying these issues as part of preparing for the moot court competition.
For more information, please email Lisa Bromberg, Assistant Director of Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration will close on March 1, 2017, and there will be a information session via video- conference on March 2, 2017. Memos will be due on April 7, 2017.