On 9 December 2020, the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) won the 8th Edition of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court Competition, Spanish version. The Alberto Hurtado University (Chile) and the UNAM ACATLAN (México) won, respectively, second and third places. Members of the winning team are Fátima López Verde, Tatiana Chelli, Delfina Lladó and Laura Gabriela Hinojosa.

Nineteen teams from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Perú, Spain and Venezuela participated in this year’s simulation exercise on the applicable law and jurisprudence of the ICC. The teams competed on a fictitious case, presenting oral arguments in the roles of the Office of the Prosecutor, Defence and Legal Representatives of Victims.

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the 8th ICC Moot Court Competition, Spanish version, had only a written phase. The memorials of the three teams with the highest scores were provided to an International Jury composed of former ICC Judge Sylvia H. Steiner, presiding, ICC Legal Officer Juan Pablo Calderón Meza and Coalition for the ICC Legal Officer Ricardo Izquierdo. On the basis of the memorials, the International Jury decided which teams came in first, second and third places.

The eighth edition of the Spanish version of the ICC Moot Court Competition has been organised by the Ibero-American Institute for Peace, Human Rights and International Justice (IIH), with the institutional support of the International Criminal Court.

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.

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