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.
It is anticipated that the Mock Trial will be video recorded and provided to participants afterwards.
Photos from previous Mock Trial events are available in the gallery.
Mock Trial 2023
The 2023 advocacy training and mock trial will take place between Monday 19 June and Monday 26 June. Registration is availbale below.
Monday 19 June - Introduction to Trial Advocacy -15.45 - 19.00
Tuesday 20 June - Legal Drafting - 16.00 - 19.00
Wednesday 21 June - Oral Advocacy for Defence - 16.00 - 19.00
Thursday 22 June - Oral Advocacy for Prosecution - 16.00 - 19.00
Friday 23 June - Opening and Closing Statements - 16.00 - 18.00
Friday 23 June - Legal Ethics - 18.00 - 19.00
Monday 26 June - Mock Trial in Courtroom - 09.00 - 17.00
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.