Should the slaughter of third-gender groups qualify as the crime of genocide? Should former child soldiers be prosecuted at the age of 18 for crimes committed as children? These are some of the issues the 2017 uOttawa ICC Moot Team grappled with.
The team -- Marilynn Rubayika (National Program - 4L), Patrick Therrien (2L), Maria Ilie-Draga (3L) (pictured below -- Timothy Radcliffe (Coach), Joseph Fiorino (3L)) -- competed against 64 teams from over 40 countries in the International Round in The Hague, Netherlands, from May 14-19, 2017.
This was the University of Ottawa's first appearance at this competition, having qualified as one of two Canadian teams in the Round of the Americas, which was held at Pace University (New York) in March. The team argued six preliminary rounds before judges from around the world, placing 26th and qualifying for the quarter-final rounds.
The team thanks their coach, Tim Radcliffe, as well as all the students, professors, practitioners, and friends who generously volunteered their time as reviewers and guest judges. Their feedback was invaluable to the team's success.