2022 Nuremberg Moot Court: International court competition in international criminal law for students

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The Maastricht University team won the 2022 Nuremberg Moot Court

Instead of in the historic site of courtroom 600 of the Nuremberg Palace of Justice, the birthplace of modern international criminal law, the finalists of the 2022 Nuremberg Moot Court met online this year. As was the case last year, the international court competition, which is held by the International Nuremberg Principles Academy (ICLU) at FAU, was again held online because of the pandemic. Participants honed their practical skills by competing against each other in a fictional international criminal law case and presented their arguments by playing both the prosecution and the defense. This year’s competition, which is the seventh to be held, involved a genocide case.

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45 teams comprising a total of 211 students from 28 countries took part in the oral statements round. The jury was made up of high-ranking international judges, public prosecutors and academics.

The team from Maastricht University from the Netherlands won against the team from Koç University from Turkey during the finals. The award for the best speaker of the 2022 Nuremberg Moot Court went to Dylan Jesse Andrian (Maastricht University, the Netherlands) and the second best speaker award was presented to Özge Karsu (Koç University, Turkey). The prize for the best written memorandum for the prosecution was awarded to the team from Fateh Law Agency, Iran, and the award for the best written memorandum for the defense went to Jagiellonian University, Poland.

“The current situation in Ukraine serves as another reminder of how important it is to train young legal professionals in the field of international criminal law. These students could potentially become staff at international tribunals, courts and state judicial authorities that seek to bring to trial and prosecute cases of international crimes such as war crimes or genocide,” emphasized Prof. Dr. Christoph Safferling, Chair of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and International Law at FAU. “This is the reason why we will continue to hold the Nuremberg Moot Court online until we can all meet again in person in Nuremberg.”

About the Nuremberg Moot Court

A moot court is a simulated court hearing held as a competition to find the best legal arguments and presentations, both from the prosecution and from the defense. The Nuremberg Moot Court is aimed at law students from all over the world who are interested in international criminal law, and the competition is held in English.

Detailed information is available on the website at: www.nuremberg-moot.de


Further information

Prof. Dr. Christoph Brabec

FAU’s International Criminal Law Research Unit

Phone: +49 9131 85 22250