Pace Law School Hosts International Criminal Court Moot Competition

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Pace Law School will host the Second Annual International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court Competition from November 10 – 12, 2006, at the Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, New York. Nine law schools will be represented in this year’s competition, including three teams from India and a team from Brazil. Last year’s winner, Louisiana State University School of Law, will return along with teams from New York University, Santa Clara University, Syracuse University, and Temple University. The final round of the competition is open to the public and will take place 11:00am November 12 at the New York State Judicial Institute located on the Pace Law School campus.

The competition will feature prominent figures in international law as judges, including: Benjamin Ferencz, former prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal; Peggy Kuo, chief hearing officer at the New York Stock Exchange and former prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; Trevor Chimimba, legal officer in the Codification Division at UN Office of Legal Affairs and chief negotiator of the Rome Statute for the nation of Malawi; and Michael Scharf, director of the Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve School of Law.

The competition will also premiere the documentary “Gulu Stories” about Ugandan refugees by filmmaker Rex Miller.

Each team will prepare and submit three short briefs requiring the students to research and develop arguments based on the three participants of the ICC prosecutions:  the Prosecution, the Defense, and the Victim’s Advocate, a new role developed for the first time by the International Criminal Court. The briefs will be evaluated by legal scholars, and awards will be given for accomplishment in brief writing for each role.  Each team will also argue in three rounds of oral arguments. In each round, the teams will argue for a different participant of the prosecution.

The purposes of the competition are to develop expertise in international criminal law as practiced in the forum of the International Criminal Court among law students, their faculty and coaches, and international law practitioners. It is hoped that, over time, the competition will also serve to educate a wider public, here and abroad, in the jurisdiction, procedures, and substantive law that will be utilized by the ICC in the prosecution of individuals charged with War Crimes, Crimes against Humanity, and Genocide.

For further information please contact Mr. Shamik Trivedi at sanssouci08@gmail.com, or visit our Web site at www.pace.edu/lawschool/icc/index.html.

Founded in 1976, Pace University School of Law has nearly 5,000 alumni/ae throughout the country. It offers full- and part-time day and evening JD programs on its White Plains, NY, campus. The School also offers the Master of Laws in Environmental Law and in Comparative Legal Studies. The School, which has one of the nation’s top-rated environmental law programs, also offers the SJD program in that field. The School of Law is part of a comprehensive, independent and diversified University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. www.law.pace.edu

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