The University del Rosario wins the ICC Moot Court Competition
Posted by African Press International on June 23, 2012
ICC Judge Sylvia Steiner (Presiding Judge, center) and ICC legal officers Alejandro Kiss and Ania Salinas Cerda with the winners of the ICC Moot Court Competition – Spanish Edition, representing the University del Rosario (Colombia) © ICC-CPI
For the second year in a row, the University del Rosario (Colombia) has won the ICC Moot Court Competition – Spanish edition. The final round was held today, 22 June 2012, in Courtroom I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague (the Netherlands). The winning team is composed of (from left to right in above photo): Juan Ramón Martinez (coach), Andrea Castillo Guevara, Angela Cordoba Carrera, Jonathan Riveros Tarazona, Marialejandra Moreno Mantilla, Andrea Mateus and Felipe Tenorio Obando. The University Nacional del Sur (Argentina) and the University of Chile (Chile) won, respectively, the second and third places. The award to the Best Speaker went to Marialejandra Moreno Mantilla from the University del Rosario (Colombia).
The teams competed before ICC Judge Sylvia Steiner, and ICC legal officers Alejandro Kiss and Ania Salinas Cerda on a fictitious case, presenting oral arguments for a confirmation of charges hearing in the roles of Prosecution, Defence, and Legal representation of victims. The final round of the ICC Trial Competition in Spanish was also web streamed live on the Court’s official website.
Following the decision rendered by the Chamber on the winners of the competition, the ICC hosted an awards ceremony for the winners and participants.
For the organisation of this competition in Spanish, the ICC worked in partnership with the University of Utrecht and the Latin American Council of Studies on International and Comparative Law, COLADIC (Mexico).
During their time in The Hague, the students visited other international courts and criminal tribunals including the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). They also attended academic events at Utrecht University in the context of the Ibero-American Week on International Justice and Human Rights. The study visit offers to the students a unique opportunity to come together in an exciting setting and to meet with eminent personalities of the international law scene.
The Court has also supported three other language versions of the ICC Trial Competition this year and hosted their finals in the ICC courtroom: English (27 April), Chinese and Russian (both on 1 June). It is envisaged that, in the medium and long term, the ICC Trial Competition will also be expanded, in cooperation with others, to the other official languages of the Court: French and Arabic.