The University of Ottawa team competed in the 2019 International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Competition in the regional qualifying round and the international round. The team was represented by Ariel Wheway (3L JD/MA), Christina Emberley (3L), Emily Sheard (3L), and Leah Cummings (3L).
This year’s problem focused on emerging areas of international law: Should unlawfully obtained evidence be excluded? Can airstrikes carried out as humanitarian intervention constitute a crime of aggression? Could a lawyer that provides one-sided legal advice be prosecuted for aiding and abetting a crime of aggression?
At the Regional Round for the Americas and Caribbean, held at Pace University in White Plains, New York from March 16-17, 2019 (competition details), the team advanced to the semi-final round. Christina Emberley (3L) tied for first place for best defence memorial, and Leah Cummings (3L) won best oralist for government counsel.
The international rounds were held at Leiden University in The Hague, the Netherlands from June 3-7, 2019 (competition details), with 69 teams from 55 countries. After six preliminary rounds, the team advanced to the quarter-finals. The team was recognized as Best Government Counsel Team, and Leah Cummings (3L) won best Government Counsel.
The team would like to thank their coaches (Tim Radcliffe, Department of Justice; Amanda Ghahremani, International Lawyer & Consultant; and Ashley Geerts, 3L JD/MA) and the many practitioners, professors, and former team members who volunteered their time to prepare the team for the competition.