The University of Ottawa competed in the International Rounds of the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition in The Hague, the Netherlands from May 27 to June 1st, 2018 (competition details). Team members Ashley Geerts (2L JD/MA), Mina Karabit (3L), and Christine Kucey (3L) competed against 64 teams from 46 countries.
The team tackled three emerging problems in international criminal law. First, should human trafficking be recognized as a crime against humanity? Second, can company executives be held accountable for their companies’ alleged criminal acts? And third, should the International Criminal Court hear cases after a domestic court renders a decision if the domestic trial was potentially biased or the decision contained errors of law?
After six preliminary rounds against teams from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, the team ranked first overall, qualifying for the quarterfinals. The team won their quarter-final round but was ultimately eliminated in a closely fought semi-final round.
The team was recognized as Best Victims’ Counsel Team. Team member Mina Karabit was recognized as Best Victims’ Counsel and the International Bar Association’s Best Oralist of the Preliminary Rounds (click here for IBA article).
The team qualified for the International Rounds in The Hague after placing second in the Canadian Round of the Regional Round for the Americas and Caribbean held at Pace University in White Plains, New York from March 16-18, 2018 (competition details). There, the team won awards for best Victims’ memorial and second place Prosecutor memorial.
The team would like to thank its coaches (Tim Radcliffe, Department of Justice; Amanda Ghahremani, Canadian Centre for International Justice; and Patrick Therrien, 3L) and the numerous professors and practitioners who volunteered time as reviewers and guest judges to prepare the team for the competition. Additionally, the team would like to thank the Canadian Partnership for International Justice for its generous support, made possible by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.