International Moot Court (IMC)

2016 International High School Moot Court Program at The Hague

International Moot Court Program Overview:

The International Moot Court is an outgrowth of the nationally acclaimed MENTOR: law firm/school partnership program. MENTOR, which was created in the 1980’s by lawyers, pairs major law firms with New York City public high school students. The lawyers-partners and associates-help the students prepare for an appellate argument. Countless hours are spent analyzing and dissecting judicial opinions, strategizing and honing oral advocacy skills. The International Moot Court was the next step. This competition affords high school students an exceptional opportunity to argue at The Hague, to develop an in-depth knowledge of the International Criminal Court, to gain a heightened respect for international law and an opportunity to exchange ideas with students from other countries.

JRC in partnership with the City Hall of The Hague developed the first International high school Moot Court competition in 2012. The 6 city/countries that participated in 2012 were: New York, New York; The Hague, Netherlands; Warsaw and Gdynia, Poland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Caracas, Venezuela and Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2014, the program expanded to 8 more city/countries from around the world, including Bulgaria, China, Germany, Mongolia, Romania, South Africa, and Sweden. The 2016 competition continues to grow and include new city/countries from around the world. MENTOR law firms participate as coaches, judges and sponsors.

The 2016 case is about war crimes and crimes against humanity. The case is being written by a committee of attorneys from The Hague and NYC. Students prepare their arguments based upon the Rules of Procedure and Evidence adopted by The Assembly of States Parties for the International Criminal Court. Students will participate in multiple-elimination rounds at Leiden University Law School with two international teams emerging as the finalists. The final round will take place at the Peace Palace in The Hague with prominent international judges presiding.

The student selection process varies from all-star teams to school teams with specific criteria for student selection enabling students from various socio-economic backgrounds to participate. It is anticipated in future years, to have a thriving league with local and national Moot Court competitions, leading to greater participation at the international level.

Sponsorship: To continue offering the program to NYC students and schools, the Justice Resource Center is looking for funders to help with student and program costs. For more information on sponsoring the IMC, please see our Sponsorship page. The Justice Resource Center, Inc., a 501c3 charitable organization, will assist with the fundraising efforts of each country.

For further information, please contact Debra Lesser, Executive Director, Justice Resource Center, NYC or telephone 212-580-5905 or in the Netherlands, please contact Renee Reijnders at

Justice Resource Center (JRC):

City Hall of The Hague, International Moot Court website: