The Nuremberg Moot Court 2016 will take place from July 28th until July 30th 2016.

Please check the following links for samples on how to draft the written memoranda:
Sample 1 (PDF-File 255 KB)
Sample 2 (PDF-File 523 KB)

Rules for the Nuremberg Moot Court 2016

1. Aim of the Competition

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.

2. Organization of the Competition

a) Administration

The Nuremberg Moot Court 2016 is organized by the International Nuremberg Principles Academy, Nuremberg and the Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg:

Contact addresses:
Professor Dr. Christoph Safferling
International Criminal Law Research Unit
Schillerstraße 1
91054 Erlangen

b) Team Application

Teams may be composed of three to five members. The substitution of team members is not permitted after the application deadline listed in the official schedule; however, exceptions may be granted by the organizers in case of exceptional circumstances.

Teams may apply through their team coach until Friday, 15 April 2016, 24:00 h CET:

The application must contain the following:
Name, country, and full address of the team's affiliate university or similar institution, as well as name, title, position, full address, and email address of the team coordinator as contact. Additionally, a list containing the full name and email address of each member of the Moot Court Team is required.

For reasons of fairness and objectivity, each team will be assigned an anonymous number prior to the submission of their memoranda.

This number will be emailed to each team by the organizers and will be the team's identification number for the duration of the competition.

c) Structure of the Competition

The competition consists of both a written and an oral phase. During the written phase, each team prepares two memoranda in preparation of the hearings: one for the defence and one for the prosecution.

The 2016 case will be sent electronically to the team coordinator on Friday, 29 April 2016, 24:00 h CET. The two memoranda must be submitted electronically to, no later than Friday, 17 June 2016, 24:00 h CET.
The oral phase consists of three days of Moot Court competition. The preliminary rounds will take place on 28 – 29 July 2016. The semi-finals and the finals will be held on Saturday, 30 July 2016, with the final taking place in Courtroom 600.

3. Participation and Eligibility

Any law student (at the Bachelor or Master level or equivalent) from a law school, law faculty, or institution with an international law-related degree program is eligible to participate in the competition as part of a team. Each institution is allowed to send one team only. Each team requires an official team coordinator. The team coordinator will serve as supervisor and assistant to the team members, but may not participate as an active team member. The coordinator is responsible for the team’s administrative tasks, such as the application, election of team members, and communication with the administration. Please note that the official team coordinator is the only person on the team to receive the Moot Court case on Friday, 29 April 2016, 24:00 h CET.

4. Registration Fee

No registration fee is required.

5. Written Phase

a) Preparation

Each team must prepare one written prosecution memorandum and one written defence memorandum in English. Each team must research, write, edit, and develop its own legal and factual arguments without the help of persons outside the team.

Team coordinators may provide general advice to the team; for example, general instruction in international (criminal) law, general advice on research methods, or advice on pleading options and strategies.

b) Memorandum Format

Each team must submit its memorandum in PDF format, printable on A4-sized paper, in 12 point Times New Roman font. Each page shall have a margin of 2 cm/ 0,79 inch on either side of the page. The text of the memorandum must have 1.5 line spacing and a maximum of 14 pages, including the front page, table of contents and footnotes.

The front page must show solely the team number, role (Defence Counsel or Prosecution), title of the competition, and the year 2016. The pages must be numbered.

Violations of the page limit will be sanctioned by fifteen penalty points per page in the marks on written submissions.

The attached rules of citation and the list of abbreviations must be followed.

c) Scoring Written Memoranda

The maximum score is 100 points. The results will be published at the end of the competition on Saturday, 30 July 2016.
1. 80 points are awarded for knowledge of legal principles, knowledge and analysis of the case, and logic and legal reasoning.
2. 20 points are awarded for grammar, style and appropriate legal terminology.

d) Deadline for Submission

Written memoranda must be submitted to electronically, no later than Friday, 17 June 2016, 24:00 h CET.

e) Late Delivery and Plagiarism

Plagiarism and the late submission of memoranda will be sanctioned with disqualification.

6. Oral Phase

a) Structure

The participants will arrive on the afternoon of Wednesday, 27 July and will attend an official opening reception in the evening. Preliminary rounds will take place on Thursday, July 28 and Friday, July 29. Every team will plead as both Defence Counsel and Prosecution. If the team arrives at a conclusion of guilt, it must recommend a concrete sentence to the Court at the end of its pleadings.
The semi-finals and the final take place on Saturday, 30 July 2016, with the final taking place in Court Room 600.

b) Speakers

Each team member must take part in the oral presentations. A team member can either present as Defence Counsel or Prosecution, but not both. It is within the discretion of the team to decide which member shall present the rebuttal/ rejoinder, provided the speaker did not present the same position in the oral pleading directly preceding the rebuttal/ rejoinder.

c) Speaking Time

The total speaking time is 30 minutes, including rebuttal and rejoinder. Teams may reserve up to 5 minutes for rebuttal and rejoinder. The Defence always takes the floor last.

d) Raising Objections

The speakers or other team members may not raise objections.

f) Practice Rounds

Teams may organize practice rounds for the oral pleadings in and around their home institutions in their domestic surroundings.

g) Scores

The maximum score for oral pleadings is 100 points.
1. 80 points are awarded for knowledge of the facts of the case, legal principles, reasoning, reference to jurisprudence of International Courts and Tribunals since and including the Nuremberg Trials and analysis of the legal issue.
2. 20 points for presentation.

7. Bench Composition

In the preliminary rounds, the bench will be composed of up to two members. In the semi-finals, the bench will be composed of up to two members and one president. The final will heard by two eminent members of the bench and one presiding judge. Team coordinators of participating teams cannot be appointed bench members.

Bench members for oral sessions may be distinct from the bench evaluating the memoranda.

The bench will follow its own Rules of Procedure within the framework of accepted norms of judicial practice.

Bench members are encouraged to intervene with appropriate questions during the oral pleadings in order to assess the knowledge of the speaker and to mark the oral arguments in accordance with the scoring criteria provided.

8. Behaviour

Every team should maintain the utmost dignity and decorum in the courtroom and during the entire competition. Inappropriate behaviour may result in the disqualification of the team.

9. Awards

The following awards will be given by "the ICC" after the final round:

  1. Winning Team in the Final Round
  2. Best overall Speaker in Semi-final/Final Round
  3. Best Memorandum - Prosecution
  4. Best Memorandum - Defence

Each team and each participant will receive a certificate of participation.

Improvement of legal skills

The Nuremberg Moot Court enables students to improve their public speaking and practical legal skills and is a challenging opportunity to turn theoretical knowledge gained at law schools into practice. The mechanisms of the International Criminal Court practice will be made understandable through active participation of the students in a fictitious legal debate. Mooting helps law students learn to think outside the box and offers the chance to get a glimpse inside the job of a lawyer. Furthermore, students will increase their self-confidence by presenting arguments in front of very distinguished international law experts and will receive an exceptional entry in their CVs.

This is what every student of international law needs. The experience in and out of the class is absolutely amazing.
Makambo Makabila, Kenya
It exposes you to a part of the world which you may never have considered going to and allows you to build relationships with great people. The program is equal parts education and fun.
Peter Zagotta, USA
It was a wonderful opportunity to get the first taste of practicing international law in an exciting environment.
Sascha Lüftner, Germany