Professorship of Criminal Law
ICC Moot Court

ICC Moot Court

ICC Moot Court Competition

The ICC Moot Court is a global trial competition at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. In its course, students from all over the world get the opportunity to try a fictitious International Criminal Law case. This consists of an ample simulation of lawyerly actions, including the writing of memorials and the pleading in the courtroom.

The competition’s goal is to bring together people of the most different cultural backgrounds so that they can perfect their skills as jurists.

In keeping with the university’s international orientation, a team from Passau, led by Professor Putzke, will participate in the competition’s next round.

The International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is an international organization founded to hold individuals liable in the context of International Criminal Law.

The basis for this is the Rome Statute, a multilateral treaty currently allowing the ICC to pass judgment on genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The Court’s influence and possibilities to prosecute are mainly covering the 123 states that have ratified the Statute until now. Additionally, the UN Security Council can issue a referral for specific situations.

Course of the competition

The Moot Court will be held in two phases, the submission of three memorials as well as the oral round in The Hague.

Subject of the competition will be a fictitious case in front of the ICC, made public to the teams in November and dealing with current problems of International Criminal Law and its procedures.

The written submissions will be followed by one week of oral pleadings in April or May at Leiden University’s campus in The Hague and at the ICC’s premises.

During that week, the teams will also have the possibility to participate in an additional programme and, inter alia, discover other international organizations in the Netherlands’ capital.

The benches will be composed of senior practitioners and the final will be held in an actual ICC courtroom with real staff and live broadcast on the ICC’s website.


Website of the ICC and source of the data above

Website of the Moot Court