Nuremberg Moot Court 2018
The Nuremberg Moot Court 2018 will take place from 25 until 28 July 2018 in Nuremberg, the birthplace of modern international criminal law. The final rounds of the Moot Court will be held at Courtroom 600 in the Nuremberg Palace of Justice. This unique location allows students to practice their legal skills in a place where history was made. It was here that Nazi authorities were tried for war crimes at the end of World War II, and it was here that the precedent for future legal practice of international criminal justice was established. The Nuremberg Trials became the most famous international military tribunal in history resulting in the so-called Nuremberg Principles - guidelines determining what constitutes a war crime, which eventually led to the idea of founding the International Criminal Court. Prominent personalities from the ICL community will participate as judges at the Nuremberg Moot Court 2018 and will offer the participants the opportunity to learn from experts.
Nuremberg Moot Court
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 historic Courtroom 600 at the Nuremberg Palace of Justice. This unique location 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. The organizers of the Nuremberg Moot Court are the International Nuremberg Principles Academy and the International Criminal Law Research Unit at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg.
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An international competition
The Nuremberg Moot Court competition which is conducted in English targets law students from all over the world who are interested in international criminal law. It was in Nuremberg at Courtroom 600 where Nazi authorities were tried for war crimes at the end of World War II, and it was here where the precedent for future legal practice of international criminal justice was established. The Nuremberg Trials became the most famous international military tribunal in history, resulting in the so-called Nuremberg Principles, guidelines determining what constitutes a war crime, which eventually led to the idea of founding the International Criminal Court.
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," emphasizes Professor Dr. Christoph Safferling, who holds the Chair of International Criminal Law at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg.
The International Nuremberg Principles Academy
The International Nuremberg Principles Academy (Nuremberg Academy) is dedicated to the promotion of international criminal justice and human rights. It is located in Nuremberg, the birthplace of modern international criminal law. Conscious of this historic heritage, the Nuremberg Academy supports the fight against impunity for universally recognized international core crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. The Nuremberg Academy promotes sustainable peace through justice, the Nuremberg Principles and the rule of law, by supporting worldwide enforcement of international criminal law, furthering knowledge, and building capacities at the national level to investigate and prosecute these crimes.
The International Criminal Law Research Unit at the Friedrich- Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (ICLU)
Professor Safferling and his team have a variety of research interests. Besides matters of criminal law and criminal procedure, these are in particular, European and international criminal law and the history of criminal law. There is also a specific interest in current criminal law developments in the field of cyber and computer crime.
An important part of ICLU’s work consists of research in international criminal law. The Research Unit not only follows current developments in this very dynamic field marked by great activity on the part of many states and the international community as well as legal scholarship, but it also endeavors to examine historical backgrounds, the political dimension and the future of international criminal law. The particular focus is on contemporary legal history.