Nuremberg Moot Court 2017

The team of Strathmore University, winner of the Nuremberg Moot Court 2017 with Professor Dr. Bertram Schmitt, Director of International Nuremberg Principles Academy Klaus Rackwitz and Professor Dr. Christoph Safferling (from left to right). © IANP/ LÉROT.

The Nuremberg Moot Court 2017 took place from 26 to 29 July and was organized by the International Nuremberg Principles Academy together with the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg.

This year's winner is the team of Strathmore University from Kenya who beat the team from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy from Ukraine in an exciting final at the historic Courtroom 600 of the Nuremberg Palace of Justice.

The student team of Strathmore University from Kenya, consisting of Cindy Yvette Wakio, Olivia Wambui Njoroge, Lisa Achieng Owino and Catherine Penda, competed against 35 other international teams. In the hypothetical case concerning the fight against drug cartels by security forces in the fictitious state of Naboo, the team was able to successfully convince the panel during the oral pleadings in the Courtroom 600; the historical site of the Nuremberg Trials against the main war criminals of the Nazi regime.

Cindy Yvette Wakio (Strathmore University) and Anastasiia Yermolenko (National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy) were awarded best overall speakers of this Moot Court.

An international competition

The competition, which is conducted in English, targets law students from all over the world who are interested in international criminal law. "We are very pleased that almost 200 students took part in this year's competition, a significant increase compared to 2016. It is particularly noteworthy that numerous teams from so-called situation countries participated, i.e. countries where core international crimes have been committed, or allegedly committed, such as in Rwanda, Kenya or Ukraine," said Klaus Rackwitz, the Director of the International Nuremberg Principles Academy.

A moot court is a simulated court proceeding which invites students of law to compete based on their oral and written legal argumentation and presentation, from both the prosecution and defense positions. "This is a great opportunity for the participants to apply their knowledge with the help of renowned experts who act as 'judges' and also to establish contacts," emphasized Prof. Dr. Christoph Safferling, who holds the Chair of International Criminal Law at the FAU in Erlangen.

The Nuremberg Moot Court invites participants from across the globe to argue a fictitious international criminal law case before the "International Criminal Court". Dissecting both complex procedural and substantive issues of international criminal law, students are given the opportunity to apply and develop their skills and moot at the momentous Courtroom 600. The unique location of Nuremberg allows students to practice international criminal law at its very birthplace, offering a historical educational experience. The organizers coordinate with highly esteemed professionals in the field, such as judges, academics and other practitioners to sit on the moot court panels.

Participants of Nuremberg Moot Court 2017. © IANP/ LÉROT.

Video of Nuremberg Moot Court 2016