Timetable for Nuremberg Moot Court 2018

Thursday, 1 February 2018: Opening of registration
Sunday, 22 April 2018: Closing of registration
Friday, 4 May 2018: Distribution of the Nuremberg Moot Court Case to all admitted teams
Friday, 4 May 2018: Announcement of sponsored teams
Sunday, 24 June 2018: Deadline for written memoranda
Wednesday, 25 July 2018: Opening ceremony of the Nuremberg Moot Court 2018
Thursday, 26 July 2018: Preliminary Round I
Friday, 27 July 2018: Preliminary Round II
Saturday, 28 July 2018: Eighth Final, Quarter Final, Semi Final and Final Rounds and Awards Ceremony


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.

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