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.
If a team is composed of two members, one student will represent the Prosecution and one student will represent the Defense. If a team is composed of four students, two students may share one role.
Location: Leiden University
Wijnhaven Building | Campus Den Haag
2511 DV The Hague
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On the day of the competition, each team will plead twice as the Defense and twice as the Prosecution. They will plead in four sessions against four different school teams. The one-hour court sessions consist of two pleadings of each 20 minutes by the Prosecutor and the Defense team. Each session will be judged by two or three different judges, who are all legal professionals or academics of international (criminal) law. After the preliminary rounds, the two teams with the highest scores will proceed to the Final Round. The winner of the Final Round will be awarded the prestigious NMC Award 2020 by Deputy Mayor Bruines of the city of The Hague.