The ADC-ICT organises a Mock Trial each year, together with the International Criminal Law Bureau. The Mock Trial is a one-week event held in The Hague. The week includes five hands-on evening sessions for young professionals in the field of international criminal law and a one-day Mock Trial exercise in the UN-IRMCT courtroom in front of international Judges and Counsel.
The evening sessions focus on practical skills and expertise and are given by experienced Counsel to prepare participants for a career in international criminal law. Topics include "legal drafting", "oral trial advocacy", "opening and closing statements" and "ethics in international criminal law". Participants will be requested to make written filings in teams as well as perform in the courtroom on the day of the Mock Trial in front of judges.
Photos from previous Mock Trial events are available in the gallery.
Mock Trial 2019
The Mock trial took place between 17 and 24 June 2019. The judges for the 2019 Mock Trial were: Judge Nosworthy, Judge Morrison and Judge Orie.
The following individuals were awarded best oralists:
Mehjabeen Rahman - Best Prosecution Oralist
Adetokunbo Hussain - Best Defence Oralist
The award for best overall team was given to the following individuals:
I thought the mock trial was a great event. It felt as real as possible and the Judges were of really high quality in terms of their interjections throughout the day, I thought it was fantastic!
I thoroughly enjoyed the mock trial. I thought it was a great learning experience, and it was fantastic to have the opportunity to practice in a "real life" type situation. The feedback was very useful.
I thought the Judges were great. They were professional and asked probing questions that forced you to stretch your knowledge. It felt like real trial.