On May 28, the International Criminal Court Moot Court English Competition (ICC Moot Court English Competition) concluded in Hague, Netherlands. After the three-week fierce competition, the team from China University of Political Science and Law (Team CUPL) won second place among 76 teams from universities worldwide. This is the best record for universities from the Mainland of China in this and other world top international law moot court competitions.
ICC Moot Court English Competition was co-organized by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University and the International Bar Association. This year, due to COVID-19, the competition was held in a mixed format with offline judges and online contestants from 76 top universities from 42 countries. After winning the Chinese version this March and advancing to the English version together with four other top university teams from China, Team CUPL made its way through the preliminary, quarterfinals and semifinals, and ultimately won second place in the final round.
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Group Photo of Team CUPL
ICC judge and Legal Officers awards the runner-up prize to Team CUPL
Founded in 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is the first permanent international criminal tribunal established by the international community to end impunity for serious international crimes. At present 123 nations have ratified the Rome Statute and are members of the ICC Assembly of States Parties. The ICC Moot Court English Competition is one of the international law moot court competitions promoted by the ICC and held in the six official languages of the United Nations. It is also the most competitive one with the largest number of teams among all moot court competitions held in the six UN official languages in the world. The ICC Moot Court English Competition is the top moot court competition in international criminal law, as well as one of the most influential moot court competitions in international jurisprudence.
The achievement is a grand tribute to CUPL's 70th birthday and a commendation for the cultivation of foreign-related legal talents in China.