The students who take part in the 2020 National Moot Court will be assigned a simple case that they must study and prepare. On the NMC day itself, all participants will plead either the role as the Prosecutor or as the Defense during four moot court sessions. Each team will plead each role twice. The working language is English.
During the moot court sessions, the school teams present their side of the case, either as the Prosecution or as the Defense before a panel of judges. In presenting the case, both sides will review the facts, discuss the issues, legislation and case law to support their positions. The judges may interrupt the students at any time to ask questions. Each side has a limited time (20 minutes) in which to present their arguments. After the session, the judges deliberate and allocate points for contents of the pleadings and the presentation skills of the pleaders. The final scores determine which team will proceed to the final round.
• Before registering: selects the team with 2 to 4 students who match the profile
• Helps the team to register for the 2020 National Moot Court
• Asks the parents/guardians for their permission regarding the students’ participation in the National Moot Court on 25 January 2020.
• All communication from the organisation will take place through the teacher (appointments, meetings, etc.).
• As the teacher, you will be the contact person for the student and the organisation if there are any problems.
• The responsibility for the student rests with the teacher, in cooperation with the student’s parents/guardians.
Two webinar sessions will be held on 30 October and 9 December 2019 at 17:00 hrs till 18.00 hrs. to allow the participating teams to ask any questions they may have on either the case or the competition proceedings. The webinars are organized by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies.
A moot court is a competition which simulates the situation in a real court room. The students learn how to plead in an international court and how to set out a legal argument. The students will address the court as either the Prosecutor of the case, or as the Defense.
The preparation for the competition offers you the opportunity to learn about international law and the international courts and tribunals in The Hague. You will also be training your pleading and presentation skills in English.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is a permanent court for the prosecution of people suspected of committing genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The International Criminal Court was set up in 2002 and is based in The Hague.
During the moot court sessions, the students will present their side of the case (either Prosecution or Defense) before a panel of judges. In presenting the case, the students will review the facts, discuss the issues, legislation and case law to support their position. The judges may interrupt the pleaders to ask questions at any time. Each side has a limited time (20 minutes) in which to present their argument. After the session, the judges deliberate and allocate points for contents of the pleadings and the presentation skills of the pleaders. The final scores determine which team will proceed to the final round.
If you are on HAVO level or on VWO level and you match the profile, you can fill out the application form for the 2020 National Moot Court (registration website) together with your teacher and one, two or three team members from your school.
There will be two webinar sessions on 20 November and 18 December at 17:00 hrs to allow the participating teams to ask any questions they may have on either the case or the competition proceedings. The webinars are organized by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies.
At the competition day, there will be three to four rounds of court sessions. Each session consists of a presentation of 20 minutes made by one team representing the Prosecution side and a presentation of 20 minutes made by the opposing team who is representing the Defense side. Each session will be judged by two or three different judges. After the preliminary rounds, the two teams with the highest scores will proceed to the Final Round.
You have to take notes, so bring pen and paper or your tablet. It is recommended you bring the competition package with you, especially the given case. You may also bring any legal instruments to aid you in your presentation.
The National Moot Court Competition (NMC) welcomes high schools from the Netherlands to compete in a moot court, simulating the proceedings of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The competition is held on Saturday 25 January 2020 at Campus The Hague/Leiden University and is co-organized with the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies. The NMC will bring together senior high school students to challenge their skills as future international lawyers. The NMC is a realistic simulation of the proceedings at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The competition’s case is based on an actual ICC court case and addresses fundamental issues of international criminal law.
The language of the competition is English.
High schools are invited to register a team of a minimum of two and a maximum of four students who will prepare and plead the given case form the perspective of the Prosecution or of the Defense.
A Moot Court is a competition in which students learn how to plead and set out a legal argument. The participants will stand in a simulated courtroom and will plead exactly as a lawyer or prosecutor would. They must represent the viewpoints of their clients and try to convince the judge to agree with those viewpoints.
After the registration deadline of 14 October, registered teams will receive the competition package, which includes the team number, the NMC case 2020, case materials and instructions for the pleadings. The Rules of Procedure will be available on the NMC website.
Two webinar sessions will be held on 20 November and 18 December 2019 at 17:00 hrs to allow the participating teams to ask questions on either the case or the competition proceedings. The webinars are organized by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies.