Pictured here: ICC Judge Chang-ho Chung, Legal Officers Ania Salinas Cerda and Juan Calderon Meza, and the winning team ©ICC-CPI
Today, 25 June 2021, Singapore Management University won the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition – English edition. The final round was held in Courtroom I of the ICC in The Hague. Due to current COVID-19 related restrictions, it was a hybrid hearing with judges present in the courtroom and students participating remotely by video-link. On the judge’s bench for this competition were ICC Chang-ho Chung, presiding, and ICC Legal Officers Ania Salinas Cerda and Juan Calderon Meza.
The National University of Singapore (Singapore) and the Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Canada), won, respectively, second and third places. The award for the Best Speaker went to Yoong San Tan from Singapore Management University (Singapore).
Members of the winning team are Andrew Cheng Yi Chia, De Xian Shawn Ang, Yoong San Tan, Meher Malhotra, Zheng Wen Samuel Chan, Wen Qi Andrea Soon and Wei Xuan Allen Chong. The teams competed on a fictitious case, presenting oral arguments in the roles of the Office of the Prosecutor, the Defence and State Counsel, 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, and sponsored by the Planethood Foundation, The Hague Municipality and Stanza Bookshop. Top students of 80 universities from 52 countries and six continents worldwide 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, Russian and Spanish, with a view to also support Arabic and French versions 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.