Dear participants of the Nuremberg Moot Court 2016,
Courtroom 600 in the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, where you will convene over the next days for your Moot Court, is not only the birthplace of International Criminal Law, the Courtroom also symbolizes the end of impunity and the struggle for justice. The legal principles underlying the Nuremberg Trials were affirmed by the United Nations General Assembly by resolution 95 (I) on 11 December 1946. On 29 July 1950, the International Law Commission, which was tasked to codify these underlying principles, submitted its version of the Nuremberg Principles, which have since been viewed as binding international law.
Principle I declares that "Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment." Another great achievement is the inclusion of the principle of fair trial under Principle V which declares that "Any person charged with a crime under international law has the right to a fair trial on the facts and law."
Nearly 50 years later, the Nuremberg Principles culminated on 17 July 1998 in the adoption of the Rome Statute, which forms the founding document for the International Criminal Court.
I trust that this legacy will be inspiring for this competition and that justice and fairness will guide your contest.
I wish you good luck and success for the Nuremberg Moot Court 2016.
Dr. Michael Koch
Chairman of the Foundation Board
International Nuremberg Principles Academy
The Nuremberg Moot Court 2016 will take place from July 28th until July 30th 2016.
The competition aims to encourage university students to become familiar with International Criminal Law by arguing a fictitious case in front of the "International Criminal Court". At the same time, it promotes the fundamental heritage of the Nuremberg Trials: criminal accountability within armed conflicts in keeping with the spirit of Human Rights and governed by the principle of fair trial as enshrined in the ICCPR in particular.
The Nuremberg Moot Court also aims at enabling students to improve their public speaking and practical legal skills. Students will come to understand the practices of the International Criminal Court through active participation in the competition. In addition, the competition seeks to advance knowledge about the International Criminal Court's mandate, functions, and jurisprudence. The language of the Court is English.
The final round of the competition will take place in the historic Court Room 600, original setting of the Nuremberg Trials after World War II, thus connecting the past with the present while offering a unique and historical educational experience.