International Moot Court (IMC)

The next High School International Moot Court at The Hague will be coming up in 2016.  Stay posted for updates!

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2014 High School International Moot Court Program at The Hague

International Moot Court Program Overview:

JRC in partnership with the City Hall of The Hague developed the first International high school Moot Court competition in 2012. 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.

The 6 city/countries that participated in 2012 were: New York, New York; The Hague, Netherlands; Warsaw and Gdynia, Poland; Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; Caracas, Venezuela and Buenos Aires, Argentina. For 2014, the program is expanding to 8 more city/countries from around the world, including Bulgaria, China, Germany, Mongolia, Romania, South Africa, and Sweden. MENTOR law firms participate as coaches, judges and sponsors.

The 2014 International Moot Court case topic is “Blood Diamonds” and was written by MENTOR attorneys from the U.S. and The Hague. 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:

The Justice Resource Center, Inc. a 501©3charitable organization will assist with the fundraising efforts of each country.  For more information on how your organization can become a sponsor, please check our Sponsorship page.

Contact Information:

For further information, please contact Debra Lesser, Executive Director, Justice Resource Center, NYC deblesser@aol.com or telephone (212) 580-5905 . In the Netherlands, please contact Mireille de Jonge mireille.dejonge@denhaag.nl.

City Hall of The Hague: www.denhaag.nl

Special Moot Court website:  www.denhaag.nl/mootcourt

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Carolyn Morway.

Carolyn’s email: cmorway@schools.nyc.gov