International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Competition

Regional Round for the Americas and Caribbean (formerly the Pace International Criminal Court Moot Competition)
Pace Law Campus

The date for this year’s ICC Moot is:
Saturday, March 16, 2019 – Sunday, March 17, 2019


In 2004, Professor Emeritus Gayl S. Westerman and Matthew E. Brotmann organized a unique event:  the world’s first moot court competition based on the law and procedures of the first permanent international tribunal dedicated to the prosecution of international criminal offenses.

The International Criminal Court (“ICC”) has grown since then, and our competition has grown with it.  Pace has partnered with the International Criminal Court (“ICC”) and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University to become part of a new global competition, the ICC Moot Court Competition, which is held annually in The Hague, Netherlands, with the final round judged at the ICC itself by ICC judges and legal officers.  The annual competition at Pace now serves as a Regional Qualifying Round for that global competition.

Teams from the Americas and the Caribbean seeking to participate in this competition must register with Pace pursuant to the procedures provided on this website.  Based on the number of registrations received from each country, we notify each team whether or not advancement to the global competition depends upon participation in the Regional Round at Pace.  Pursuant to the rules of procedure of the international competition, participation in the global competition is usually limited to two teams per country.

ICC Moot
Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University
78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603
Fax: (914) 422-4229
E-mail: ICCMoot@law.pace.edu

Competition Overview

THE COMPETITION IN BRIEF

Each team will submit three short memorials (briefs) requiring the students to research and develop arguments based on the three participants in ICC prosecutions, i.e., the Prosecution, the Defence and the Victims’ Advocates, a new role developed for the first time for the International Criminal Court. These memorials will be evaluated by legal scholars, and prizes will be awarded for best brief, second place runner-up, and third place runner-up in each of the three categories of memorials. Rules and regulations for participation are available on the ICC Trial Competition Web site.

Perhaps the most exciting feature of the Moot, and one unique to this competition, is that each team of students will participate in three rounds of oral arguments and have the opportunity of arguing from all three perspectives, prosecutor, defence counsel and victims’ advocate. Past participants have commented that they had never experienced a better way of learning the substantive and procedural law in a given area and of fully developing the arguments of the parties than by having the opportunity to make those arguments from all three perspectives during the Moot.

The two highest scored teams in the English-language round will advance to the finals in The Hague, to compete against qualifying teams from around the world.

ABOUT ELISABETH HAUB SCHOOL OF LAW

Elisabeth Haub School of Law, one of the six graduate and professional schools of Pace University, is located in White Plains, New York, in Westchester County, some 25 miles north of New York City. Directions for reaching the law school by air, car, or train are available online. The Law School is nationally and internationally recognized for the excellence of our Environmental and International Law Programs as well as our Clinical and Internship opportunities. We offer certificate and graduate programs in two specialties -- Environmental Law and International Law, Public and/or Private.

Elisabeth Haub School of Law also boasts centers of excellence including the Land Use Law Center, the Women’s Justice Center, the Center for Environmental Legal Studies, the Energy and Climate Center and the Pace Institute of International Commercial Law. The Institute sponsors the internationally renowned Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot each Spring in Vienna. More detailed information on these and other Pace programs may be found at Centers and Institutes.

Registration Form

Registration for the 2019 competition is now open.

General Information – Registration is limited to one team per school.  Each team must submit a registration form and nonrefundable fee of $550.00, by check to the Elisabeth Haub School of Law - ICC Moot or by credit card.  Credit card payment information will be requested during the online registration process.  Checks are to be mailed to our office with a copy of the registration confirmation email.  The fee covers administrative costs, continental breakfasts, lunches and light receptions for team members and a faculty coach or advisor.  This fee is exclusive of travel, accommodations and miscellaneous expenses.

Registration Deadline & Confirmation – The registration deadline is Thursday, November 1, 2018. Registrations received after the deadline will be considered at the discretion of the organizers. Registration is not complete until the organizers have received both the form and payment. The organizers will notify the team contact when the school is officially registered.

The competition will be held at Pace Law School on the weekend of March 16 – March 17, 2019.

ICC Moot
Pace Law School
78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603
E-mail: ICCMoot@law.pace.edu

Deadlines

Registration is now open.  The deadline for registration is Thursday, November 1, 2018.

Memorials are due by e-mail on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 5 PM EST.

Hotel Accommodations

Information Coming Soon

2018 ICC Moot Court Competition

2018 ICC Moot Court Problem
2018 ICC Moot Court Rules of Procedure

Congratulations to the team from Johns Hopkins University - School of Advanced International Studies, who achieved a first-place finish in the 2018 Regional Round for the Americas and Caribbean of the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition.  Teams from University of Windsor (first runner up) and Universidad Francisco Marroquin also participated in the final round. 

The event, held on March 16-18, brought 15 teams to the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, with the top two U.S. teams and top two Canadian teams qualifying for the global ICC Moot Court Competition held annually in The Hague, Netherlands.

As the two top U.S. teams, Johns Hopkins University - School of Advanced International Studies and Temple University Beasley School of Law qualified for the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition to be held in May in The Hague, Netherlands.  The top two Canadian teams, from the University of Windsor and the University of Ottawa also qualified. The team from Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala will also compete in The Hague.

Best Overall
First: Johns Hopkins University - School of Advanced International Studies
Second: University of Windsor
Third: Universidad Francisco Marroquin

Best Oralists – Final Round
David Hamburger, Johns Hopkins University - School of Advanced International Studies

Best Oralists – Preliminary Rounds
Defense -  Juan Jose Porras, Universidad Francisco Marroquin
Victim - Grace Chamoun, Brooklyn Law School
Prosecutor - David Hamburger, Johns Hopkins University - School of Advanced International Studies

Best Memorials
Defense
First: Universidad Francisco Marroquin
Second (TIE): University of Windsor/Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Prosecutor
First: University of Windsor
Second: University of Ottawa
Third (TIE): Johns Hopkins University - School of Advanced International Studies/Temple University Beasley School of Law

Victims
First: University of Ottawa
Second: Tulane Law School
Third (TIE): Universidad Francisco Marroquin/American University Washington College of Law

Semifinalist Teams
Johns Hopkins University - School of Advanced International Studies
Universidad Francisco Marroquin
Tulane Law School
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Brooklyn Law School
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Canadian semi-final round)
University of Ottawa (Canadian semi-final round)
University of Windsor (Canadian semi-final round)

List of Participating Teams:
American University Washington College of Law
Brooklyn Law School
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University 
Emory School of Law
Johns Hopkins University – The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Osgood Hall Law School, York University
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Tulane Law School
New York University School of Law
Universidad Francisco Marroquin  
University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill School of Law
University of Miami 
University of Ottawa
University of Windsor

2017 ICC Moot Court Competition

2017 ICC Moot Court Problem
2017 ICC Moot Court Rules of Procedure

Congratulations to the team from Universidad Francisco Marroquin, who achieved a first-place finish in the 2017 Regional Round for the Americas and Caribbean of the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition. Teams from Tulane University School of Law (first runner up) and the University of Miami School of Law also participated in the final round.

The event, held on March 17-19, brought 14 teams to the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, with the top two U.S. teams and the top two Canadian teams qualifying for the global ICC Moot Court Competition held annually in The Hague, Netherlands.

Betsy Apple, Matthew Brotmann, Christian De Vos served as the distinguished final round judges.

As the two top U.S. teams, Tulane and Miami qualified for the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition to be held in May in The Hague, Netherlands. The top two Canadian teams, from Osgoode Hall, York University and the University of Ottawa also qualified. The team from Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala will also compete in The Hague.

Best Overall
First: Universidad Francisco Marroquin
Second: Tulane University School of Law
Third: University of Miami School of Law

Best Oralist – Final Round
Jay Jensen, Tulane University School of Law

Best Oralists - Preliminary Rounds
Defense
Justin Capek, Temple University Beasley School of Law

Victims
Javier Roldon, University of Miami School of Law

Prosecutor
Ian Literovich, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Best Memorials
Defense
First: Universidad Francisco Marroquin
Second (Tie): Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School & University of Miami School of Law

Prosecutor
First: Columbia University School of Law
Second: Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Third: Universidad Francisco Marroquin

Victims
First (Tie): Temple University Beasley School of Law & Tulane University School of Law
Third: Brooklyn Law School

Semifinalist Teams
Brooklyn Law School
Columbia University School of Law
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Canadian semi-final round)
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Tulane University School of Law
Universidad Francisco Marroquin
University of Miami School of Law
University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Canadian semi-final round)
University of Windsor Faculty of Law (Canadian semi-final round)

Participating Teams
American University Washington College of Law
Brooklyn Law School
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Columbia University School of Law
Johns Hopkins, School of Advanced International Studies
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Tulane University School of Law
Universidad Francisco Marroquin
University of Miami School of Law
University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
University of Windsor Faculty of Law
Valparaiso University School of Law

2016 ICC Moot Court Competition

2016 ICC Moot Court Problem
2016 ICC Moot Court Rules of Procedure

Congratulations to Brooklyn Law School, who achieved a first place finish in the 2016 Regional Round for the Americas and Carribean of the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition. Teams from Tulane University School of Law (first runner up) and New York University of Law also participated in the final round.

The event, held on March 12-13, brought 11 teams to Pace Law School, with the top two U.S. teams qualifying for the global ICC Moot Court Competition held annually in The Hague, Netherlands.

Leah Campbell, Dr. David Donat Cattin, and Robert Herbst served as the distinguished final round judges.

As the two top U.S. teams, Brooklyn and Tulane have qualified for the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition to be held in May in The Hague, Netherlands. Also participating was a team from Osgoode Hall, York University, which is one of two Canadian teams that will compete in The Hague.

Best Overall

First: Brooklyn Law School
Second: Tulane University School of Law
Third: New York University School of Law

Best Oralist – Final Round
Philippa Ratzki, Brooklyn Law School

Best Oralists - Preliminary Rounds

Government of Yunkel
First (Tie): Kelsey Bishop, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University & Aaron Kearney, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Third (Tie): Anta Plowden, Miami University School of Law & Emily von Qualen, Tulane University School of Law

Victims
First: Davide Pini, Johns Hopkins, School of Advanced International Studies
Second: Maanya Tandon, New York University School of Law
Third: James Henseler, Columbia University School of Law

Prosecutor
First: Céline Braumann , New York University School of Law
Second: Richard Varnes, American University Washington College of Law
Third: Zachary Cobb, Columbia University School of Law

Best Memorials
Government of Yunkel
First: Columbia University School of Law
Second (Tie): Osgoode Hall Law School, York University & Tulane University School of Law

Prosecutor
First: Temple University School of Law
Second: Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Third (Tie): Columbia University School of Law & American University Washington College of Law

Victims
First: Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Second (Tie): Columbia University School of Law & Temple University School of Law

Semifinalist Teams
Brooklyn Law School
Columbia University School of Law
New York University School of Law
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Temple University School of Law
Tulane University School of Law

Participating Teams
American University Washington College of Law
Brooklyn Law School
Case Western Reserve School of Law
Columbia University School of Law
Johns Hopkins, School of Advanced International Studies
Miami University School of Law
New York University School of Law
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Pace University School of Law
Temple University School of Law
Tulane University School of Law

2015 ICC Moot Court Competition

2014 ICC Moot Court Competition

2013 ICC Moot Court Competition

2013 ICC Moot Court Rules of Procedure

This past weekend Pace Law School hosted the 10th Annual Pace/ICLN International Criminal Court Moot. Teams from throughout the Western Hemisphere competed at what has become the premier competition of its kind. The competition was kicked off with a presentation on "International Crimes during Armed Conflicts: Implementation and Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law" given by Anne Quentin of the International Committee for the Red Cross.

Congratulations to the Pace International Criminal Court moot court team who made history by winning the entire ICC Regional competition! The competition was held on Campus from March 1-3, 2013. Team members Brad Gorson (Captain), Kristen Carroll, Andrea Hlopko and Alexandra Ashmont worked tirelessly to achieve the team's success. With the dedicated support of her teammates, Kristen did an amazing job as the team's oralist in both the semifinal and final rounds. Professor Peter Widulski, the team coach, provide the team with guidelines and support while Professors Sasha Greenawalt, Tom McDonnell and Linda Wayner mooted the team and provided excellent advice. Former team members Lucie Olejnikova, Allison Kline and Joseph Sinchak generously devoted time to mooting the team and offered very valuable comments. Lucie, along with Professor Marie Newman, also provided excellent research and citation assistance.

As a result of this success, the Pace team will compete in the international rounds at the The Hague from April 21 - 26, 2013, marking the second straight year in which Pace has advanced to the The Hague competition. Congratulations to the team and to all who supported the team's effort!

A special thanks to Professor Matthew Brotmann, International Programs Director and Founder of the ICC Moot Competition and Board Members Dhara Patel (Student Coordinator Chair), Jacqueline Lee (Judges Chair), Miriam Lacroix (Fundraising Chair) and Ayishetu Rahaman (Bailiff Chair) whose hard work and dedication this past weekend made this student run competition a large success bringing praises from competing teams, judges and faculty members alike who claimed it was "the best ran competition they have seen thus far." This success is shared with the wonderful bailiffs Natalie Zaremba, Ellen Zhang, Cristina Riggio, Shelley Clark, Catherine Pena, Caroline Irvin, Alexia Mickles, Andrea Rodricks, Rachel Sullivan, Kee Han and Darilyn Octave who had come out to monitor the competition receiving additional individual praises themselves.

2013 ICC Moot Court Competition Winners - Pace Law School team: Alexandra Ashmont, Brad Gorson, Kristen Carroll, Peter Widulski, Andrea Hlopko
Pace Team (from left to right):
Alexandra Ashmont, Brad Gorson, Kristen Carroll, Prof. Peter Widulski, Andrea Hlopko.

Best Overall
1st place: Pace Law School
2nd: place: American University Washington College of Law
3rd place: Yale Law School

Best Oralists in Preliminary Rounds
First: Jenne Ayers from Yale Law School
Second: Valerie Fernandes from Osgoode Hall Law School
Third: Vasileios Katavelis from John Hopkins University - School of Advanced International Study

Best Briefs
Prosecution:
First: NYU Law School
Second: Yale Law School
Third: Brooklyn Law School

Defense:
First: Tulane University Law School
Second: Yale Law School
Third: NYU Law School

Victims’ Advocate:
First: Tulane University Law School
Second: Johns Hopkins University - School of Advanced International Studies
Third: William & Mary Law School

2012 ICC Moot Court Competition

2012 ICC Moot Court Problem
2012 ICC Moot Court Rules

This past weekend Pace Law School hosted the 9th Annual Pace/ICLN International Criminal Court Moot. Teams from throughout the Western Hemisphere competed at what has become the premier competition of its kind. The weekend began with a colloquium focusing on international criminal and humanitarian law at Open Society Foundations headquarters in NYC with experts from around the globe participating.

Congratulations to the Pace ICC Moot Court team for taking second place in the ICC Moot competition.  The team, coached by last year’s team captain, Lucie Olejnikova, and Adjunct Professor Peter Widulski, consists of James Healy, Brian Leonardi, Joseph Sinchak, Matthew Guber, and Alexis Keller.  The team received excellent assistance and advice from Allison Kline, an oralist on last year’s team.  Finishing as the best U.S. team in the competition, the Pace team will advance to compete in the finals to be held in The Hague from 22 - 27 April 2012.


Pace Team (from left to right): Prof. Widulski, Alexis Keller, Brian Leonardi, Joseph Sinchak (holding the plaque), Matthew Guber, and James Healy.

WINNERS

Best Overall
1st place: Osgoode Hall Law School – York University
2nd: place: Pace Law School
3rd place: University of Miami School of Law

Best Oralist
Final Round: Hassan Ahmad, Osgoode Hall Law School – York University

Best Oralists in Prelims
First: Constanza Pauchulo, Osgoode Hall Law School – York University
Second: Eric Ruehe, Santa Clara University School of Law
Third: Elizabeth Hegedus-Berthold, Johns Hopkins University - SAIS

Best Briefs
Prosecution:

First: Yale Law School
Second: Tulane University School of Law
Third: Howard University School of Law

Defense:
First: Yale Law School & Johns Hopkins University - SAIS
Second: Santa Clara Law School
Third: University of Miami School of Law

Victims’ Advocate:
First: Yale Law School
Second: Santa Clara Law School
Third: American University Washington College of Law

2011 ICC Moot Court Competition

2011 ICC Moot Court Problem
2011 ICC Moot Court Rules

During the weekend of January 28-30, 15 schools participated in 2011 Americas/English round. Nine teams advanced to semi-finals, and the three finalists - William & Mary, Alabama and Pacific-McGeorge - competed in the Judicial Institute on Sunday morning. Since William & Mary and Pacific-McGeorge took first and second place respectively, they will continue on to the Hague in April for the International round. The final round, as well as the keynote address, can be viewed under “Previous Competitions.” The awards and recipients are listed below.

WINNERS

Best Overall
1st place: William & Mary
2nd: place: Pacific-McGeorge
3rd place: Alabama

Best Oralist
Final Round: Laura Brymer, William & Mary

Best Oralists in Prelims
First: Brett Edkins, Yale
Second: Stacey Hamilton, Osgoode
Third: Kathryn DeMarco, Miami

Best Briefs
Prosecution:
First: Pace
Second: American University
Third: Alabama

Defense:
First: Osgoode
Second: Pace
Third: William & Mary

Victims’ Advocate:
First: Alabama
Second: Yale
Third: Santa Clara

2008/2009 ICC Moot Court Competition

2009 ICC Moot Court Rules

Pace Law School Hosts First North American Regional Round of the Global ICC Trial Competition

The 2009 Pace/ICLN International Criminal Court Moot took place from January 30 to February 1. This first-of-its-kind international moot competition based on the International Criminal Court (ICC) brought nine universities to Pace Law School. Professor Michael Newton delivered the keynote address. The American Society of International Law (ASIL) President Lucy Reed and Dutch Ambassador to the United Nations Frank Majoor gave the closing remarks.

The team from Santa Clara University emerged as the champion, Yale Law School as the runner-up, and Pace Law School as second runner-up, after arguing before a distinguished bench of judges, including Justice Pierre Boutet from the Special Court for Sierra Leone; former UN Assistant Secretary General for Legal Affairs Larry Johnson; Senior Legal Officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Roland Adjovi; and Legal Officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Grant Dawson. Both teams now advance to the ICC Trial Competition in The Hague to compete with qualifying teams from around the world. Pace Law School's team, consisting of Rodrigo DaSilva, Aybike Donuk, Jack Glanzberg, and Saira Khan, and coached by Professor Peter Wildulski, won Best Brief, Victims' Advocate.

"This year's competition has brought to fruition the goal originally envisioned when the ICC Moot Competition was created," said Matthew E. B. Brotmann, director of the competition; "that of educating students around the world about international criminal law through immersion in the study of the Rome Statute and the International Criminal Court. Through their participation in the Pace/ICLN ICC Moot Competition, these students have not only been educated in this field but have also had an opportunity to meet and discuss important issues with some of the world's foremost scholars and practitioners of international criminal law and as a result will be better prepared to seek an end to impunity and justice in the face of atrocities committed in the past, as well as those which may, unfortunately, be committed in the future."

The moot involves a case comprising crimes of an international nature set in the context of the ICC. This competition offers students the opportunity to test their written and oral skills in a unique format allowing each participant to take on the role of prosecutor, defense attorney, and victims' advocate. The goal of the Pace ICC Moot is to expand knowledge and understanding of the role of the International Criminal Court and its significance in an ever changing world of conflict by training the next generation of lawyers in this exciting area of international law.

The Second Pace/ICLN International Criminal Court Moot competition will be held at the Law School in January 2010 with plans to expand the Pace rounds to include teams from both throughout the Americas.

WINNERS

Best Overall
1st place: Santa Clara University School of Law [Team 1]
2nd: place: Yale Law School [Team 8]
3rd place: Pace University School of Law [Team 10]

Best Oralist
Overall: Chavi Keeney Nana, Yale Law School [Team 8]
Final Round: Brandon Douglass, Santa Clara University School of Law [Team 1]

Best Brief
Prosecution: Yale Law School [Team 8]
Defense: Capital University Law School [Team 2]
Victims’ Advocate: Pace University School of Law [Team 10]