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Pace Law School Hosts First North American Regional Round of the Global ICC Trial Competition
The 2009 Pace/ICLN International Criminal Court Moot took place from January 30 to February 1. This first-of-its-kind international moot competition based on the International Criminal Court (ICC) brought nine universities to Pace Law School. Professor Michael Newton delivered the keynote address. The American Society of International Law (ASIL) President Lucy Reed and Dutch Ambassador to the United Nations Frank Majoor gave the closing remarks.
The team from Santa Clara University emerged as the champion, Yale Law School as the runner-up, and Pace Law School as second runner-up, after arguing before a distinguished bench of judges, including Justice Pierre Boutet from the Special Court for Sierra Leone; former UN Assistant Secretary General for Legal Affairs Larry Johnson; Senior Legal Officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Roland Adjovi; and Legal Officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Grant Dawson. Both teams now advance to the ICC Trial Competition in The Hague to compete with qualifying teams from around the world. Pace Law School's team, consisting of Rodrigo DaSilva, Aybike Donuk, Jack Glanzberg, and Saira Khan, and coached by Professor Peter Wildulski, won Best Brief, Victims' Advocate.
"This year's competition has brought to fruition the goal originally envisioned when the ICC Moot Competition was created," said Matthew E. B. Brotmann, director of the competition; "that of educating students around the world about international criminal law through immersion in the study of the Rome Statute and the International Criminal Court. Through their participation in the Pace/ICLN ICC Moot Competition, these students have not only been educated in this field but have also had an opportunity to meet and discuss important issues with some of the world's foremost scholars and practitioners of international criminal law and as a result will be better prepared to seek an end to impunity and justice in the face of atrocities committed in the past, as well as those which may, unfortunately, be committed in the future."
The moot involves a case comprising crimes of an international nature set in the context of the ICC. This competition offers students the opportunity to test their written and oral skills in a unique format allowing each participant to take on the role of prosecutor, defense attorney, and victims' advocate. The goal of the Pace ICC Moot is to expand knowledge and understanding of the role of the International Criminal Court and its significance in an ever changing world of conflict by training the next generation of lawyers in this exciting area of international law.
The Second Pace/ICLN International Criminal Court Moot competition will be held at the Law School in January 2010 with plans to expand the Pace rounds to include teams from both throughout the Americas.