The International Criminal Court Competition

The International Criminal Court, as the first permanent institution set up to try alleged perpetrators of the most horrific crimes against humanity, has drawn much interest amongst lawyers and non-lawyers alike. Nowhere is this more appropriate than amongst the lawyers and policy makers of the future. Thus, theInternational Criminal Law Network (ICLN) has developed the ICC Trial Competition. While there exist a number of established moot court competitions, the ICC Trial Competition is unique in its direct focus on ICC proceedings and international criminal law. In 2011, the International Criminal Court also recognized the ICLN ICC Trial Competition as the only official English International Criminal Court moot court competition in the world. The competition gives a wide scope of advocacy in allowing students not only to take on the role of prosecutor or defence counsel, but also that of victims' counsel. The judges are established and highly respected practitioners in the field of international criminal law and are comprised of both lawyers and internationally renowned judges from the ICC and ICTY themselves.

The purpose of the ICC Trial Competition is threefold:

  1. To allow top law students worldwide to improve their knowledge of international criminal law in practice, and in particular, the ICC and its proceedings.
  2. To provide students with the opportunity to become familiar with world-famous institutions in The Hague such as the ICC, the ICTY, the OPCW, the International Court of Justice and the Peace Palace Library.
  3. To enhance knowledge about the Rome Statute within countries that have yet to ratify it, by providing the top legal minds of the future from both Member and non Member States an opportunity to learn more about the ICC.

For the 2013 edition, a record number of 37 teams will be participating, from 27 countries worldwide! The 6th edition of the ICLN ICC Trial Competition will take place from 21 until 26 April 2013 in The Hague, the Netherlands. The finals of the Competition will take place at the ICC and will be adjudicated by actual ICC Judges!

In April 2013, Faculty students will participate in the 6th edition of the ICLN ICC Trial Competition at The Hague. This will be the second year in which faculty students participate in this competition: last year's team included Adam Shahaf, who is the assistant coach for this year's team. The team begun working this summer, but accelerated the pace of its work once it received the problem case in early November. 

The Hebrew University Team
The team is coached by Dr. Rotem Giladi. Its participation in the Competition is sponsored by the Minerva Center for Human Rights, with the support of the Law Faculty and the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Yulia Kniazev
Yulia was born in Minsk, Belarus in 1987, and moved to Israel with her family in 1994. She grew up in Arad and studied at Ort Zimetbaum, Class of 2006. Yulia served in the IDF between the years 2006-2009 as an International Relations Officer. Currently, she is studying Llb Law and International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Class of 2013. 

Eitan Kaplansky 
Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1988, and moved to Israel with his family in 1999. Studied at Yeshivat Ner Tamid in Hashmonaim, Class of 2006. Currently studying law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (LLB), Class of 2015. 

Sharon Aviram 
Sharon was born in 1987 in Tel Aviv, Israel. She graduated from Maccabim-Reut High School, Class of 2005. Sharon served in the IAF between the years 2005-2011 as an interceptor officer. Today, Sharon is a second year Law student in Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. She is an alumnus of the StandWithUs Israel Fellowship of 2012. 

Eitan Smith 
Born 1988 in Jerusalem. Studied at the Hebrew University Secondary School (leyada), Jerusalem, Class of 2006. Today studies at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law in the Law& Business Management (M.A) Program, class of 2012.