Today, 26 November 2021, Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina) won the final round of the 9th Edition of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court Competition, Spanish version, held in ICC Courtroom I in The Hague (Netherlands). 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 Judge Socorro Flores, presiding, and ICC Legal Officers Magali Bobbio and Juan Pablo Calderón.
Universidad de Nariño (Colombia) and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico) won, respectively, second and third places. The award for the Best Speaker went to Elizabeth López García of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
Members of the winning team are Ana Ines Sangiacomo, Matías Lautaro Acacio, Victoria Issin and Marco Atilio Bellotti. The teams competed on a fictitious case, presenting oral arguments in the roles of the Office of the Prosecutor, the Defence and Legal Representatives of Victims, which were web-streamed live on the Court’s website and Facebook page.
The 9th edition of the Spanish version of the ICC Moot Court Competition is organised by the Ibero-American Institute for Peace, Human Rights and International Justice (IIH), with the institutional support of the International Criminal Court. Top students of 10 universities from 6 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, 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.