Moot Competition finalists

2international-criminal-law-network-standardNicole Shackleton, Jessica Connolly, Sally Hill, Catherine Eglezos, Josh Attard and Jessica Mekhael, the six law students who comprise the La Trobe ICC Trial Moot team and their coaches, Magda Karagiannakis, and Emma Henderson, lecturers from La Trobe’s Law school will travel to  The Hauge in the Netherlands next year to compete with 32 other teams from around the world.

Team leader Nicole Shackleton, who is studying Law (International Relations) and has just completed  her  third year at La Trobe, said she was thrilled  her team had made the international rounds. ‘When I received the email informing me that La Trobe was going to The Hauge for the oral rounds I screamed and jumped around for a minute and then ran downstairs to tell my parents!

‘Once I had regained some level of logical thinking I called the team to inform them of the news. I think that it was about the only time they were happy to receive a call from me so early in the morning. The team is very excited to have won a place in the oral rounds and is working hard for April. We are all very excited!’

Nicole, who is also Director of the La Trobe Mooting Club, discovered the competition researching on the internet. ‘I was interested so I approached Magda and together we started the process to have the team approved by the Head of School’, Nicole said.. Once the team was formed, approved and their application was sent, the group waited only 10 hours to hear their registration had been accepted.

Developed by the International Criminal Law Network (ICLN), the ICC Moot Court Competition is the only of its kind in the world. As the first permanent institution set up to try alleged perpetrators of crimes against humanity, the competition focuses on international criminal law and criminal court proceedings.

The first round was a problem based question on International Criminal Law and the team had seven days to answer., La Trobe was up against some tough Australian competition - all other entrants had made it to the finals in years before. On the Tuesday following their submission, the team were advised they had made it through to the oral round. A team from Bond University in Queensland was also accepted.

The La Trobe University ICC Trial Moot team is now busy preparing for the next stage of the competition which is in two parts. Students are presented with an international criminal law case which they will study for two months. The students will then prepare a memo of 30,000 words and partake in the oral round in the Netherlands in April. The competition runs for five days but the team will be overseas for 10 to spend a few days preparing before the contest and then a three day trip to Amsterdam after the competition.

We wish the La Trobe team all the best!

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