International moot court competition

After being chosen for the first time as one of only two Australian teams to represent the nation at the International Criminal Court (ICC) trial moot competition, La Trobe University had a successful run making it into the world finals and receiving a Best Speaker Award at the end of April.

Moot teamLa Trobe’s ICC Moot Court Team travelled to The Hague in the Netherlands and competed with 26 teams, representing law schools from 20 different countries on 6 continents.

Magda Karagiannakis and Emma Henderson, academics from La Trobe’s Law school coached the team and Ms Karagiannakis accompanied the team of six students comprised of three speakers Joshua Attard, Catherine Eglezos and Nicole Shakelton, who were ably supported by Jessica Connolly, Jessica Mekhael and Sally Hill.

‘This is a great result given that this is the first time we made it to the world finals and then to the semi-finals of the finals,’ says Ms Karagiannakis.

‘We are pleased to announce that team member Josh Attard won the Best Speaker (Government) Award for the competition having made masterful submissions as Governmental Counsel,’ says Ms Karagiannakis.

‘We are so proud to see the hard work the team has put in over the past few months recognised on the world stage.’ says Ms. Henderson

‘The ICC Moot has helped me to improve my research skills and my written and oral communication skills. The moot provided us with an amazing opportunity both to meet with likeminded individuals from throughout the world and to meet professionals from within the International Law Community,’ says Catherine Eglezos, La Trobe’s Prosecution Speaker. 

Developed by the International Criminal Law Network (ICLN), the ICC Moot Court Competition is the only one of its kind in the world. 

As a competition which is based on the International Criminal Court, the first permanent institution set up to try alleged perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, the competition focuses on international criminal law and criminal court proceedings.

‘This result would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of the team and faculty, it is a great achievement for all those involved, La Trobe’s Law School and the University,’ says Ms Karagiannakis.

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Meghan Lodwick

La Trobe University Media and Communications Officer

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