Leiden University wins the ICC Trial Competition
37 teams from 27 countries worldwide participated in this year’s simulation exercise on the applicable law and jurisprudence of the ICC.
On 26 April 2013, Leiden won the final round of the ICC Trial Competition 2013, held at the International Criminal Court before an international Bench, including ICC Judge Morrison. The team was composed of members of our Advanced and Regular LL.M. programme in Public International Law: John Doyle, Sophie Beelaerts van Blokland, Uzay Aysev, Alexander Wills, Joe Holt, Daniel Huck and Adrian Plevin. It was successfully coached by Daniel Huck and Christian De Lance-Vos. 37 teams from 27 countries worldwide participated in this year’s competition.
The case dealt inter alia with ‘forced marriage’ as an international crime, jurisdictional issues and complementarity. Acting as representative of victims in the final, Leiden argued that if peace were to come at the expense of justice in the case, this would be a too high price to pay. The rounds leading up to finals were hosted in the new premises of Leiden University - Campus The Hague in Schouwburgstraat.
A press release and photographs are on the website of the International Criminal Court.