Santa Clara, Calif.– Santa Clara University’s International Criminal Court moot team took first place at this year’s International Criminal Court Moot Competition, held at Pace Law School in November. SCU defeated teams from New York University and Louisiana State University in the finals. In addition to capturing first place in the competition, team member Jessica Tillson won the award for Best Defense Brief, and Jacqueline Binger was named Third Best Oralist.
The final round judges for the competition included Benjamin Ferencz, the U.S. prosecutor at the post-World War II Nuremberg war crimes trials, and Peggy Kuo, legal officer for the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
“If you win in front of these judges, it means you really know international law. It is very impressive to have these people say ‘you are extremely qualified,’” said Wil Burns, senior fellow of international environmental law and coach of the International Criminal Moot Court team.
The competition included teams from the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Students in the competition served as counsel for several parties in a hypothetical case before the International Criminal Court involving alleged war crimes and other criminal acts by peacekeepers in the nation of “Razachstan.” The SCU law team included: Sharron Fang, Jessica Tillson, and Jacqueline Binger. All team members are second- or third-year students.
SCU law has several external moot court teams that compete throughout the year. The teams focus on cases involving hi-tech law, intellectual property, the First Amendment, environmental law, and space law. In 2008, SCU will host the International Environmental Law regional competition for teams from the United States and Australia.
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