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This course is open to all students from the Finnish Masters of Laws programmes, the Bachelors of Laws degree, all students pursuing doctoral studies and those on the MICL or IBL programme, as well as to exchange students.

Students should have some prior knowledge of international law and criminal law. Earlier criminal law studies, especially in international criminal law, are an advantage but not a requirement for participation.

Participation in the moot court competition allows students to improve their argumentative skills both orally and in written form as well as deepen their knowledge of international criminal law, particularly of the ICC and its proceedings.

Introduction to the basics of international criminal law and the proceedings of the ICC. Writing three memorials on a yearly changing topic concerning international criminal law and the ICC for the ICC Moot Court Competition. The memorials are written from the points of view of the prosecutor, defense counsel and victim's representative. The memorials should be 9000–10000 words each. Finally, the case is presented orally in the Hague in May.

— Cryer, Robert et al.: An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure. Cambridge University Press 2013;

— Cassese, Antonio: International Criminal Law: Critical Concepts in Law. Oxford University Press 2013.

The course work will be assessed on the general scale in accordance with the Faculty’s guidelines. The assessment is based on the contribution to the teamwork, the quality of the academic writing of the memorials and preparation for the oral rounds. Everyone is expected to participate equally in the workings of the group.

Earlier criminal law studies, especially in international criminal law, are an advantage, but not a requirement for participating in the team. The most important qualification is motivation and willingness to commit to the competition that lasts until May. Participation in a moot court is an excellent way of improving essential skills needed as a lawyer, such as written and oral argumentation! You also get to meet students and experts in international criminal law from all over the world.

The team consists of at least three speakers who get 15 credits for participating. Additionally, there can be two research members in the team who get 10 credits. Students should consult their professors for the possibility of replacing mandatory studies with the participation. It is recommended to take also a course on international criminal law (although not mandatory). See "OIK-J418 International Criminal Law" in Weboodi.

Students interested in participating are kindly asked to contact Jesse Heikkilä (jesse.j.p.heikkila@gmail.com) for further information. The other coach will be announced later.

Students interested in participating are kindly asked to submit their motivation letters (one page) by 13th of September latest after which we'll have the interviews. If someone needs an answer about getting to the team beforehand, please contact Jesse Heikkilä. And also if you have any other questions.

Participation in the meetings; writing of three written memorials, preparation and participation in the oral rounds in Hague. The memorials should be submitted by the end of February. The oral rounds are in May.

Kimmo Nuotio