Calls for the Center for Research in Philosophy and Law

The CIFD invites to participate in the call to form the teams that will represent the University at the 8th Edition of the "International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition," and the Second Edition of the "Inter-University International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice Competition."

Competitions Description

(1) The “International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition (ICC)” is aimed to disseminate the ICC mandate, activities, and jurisprudence, as well as other agencies dealing with situations which could constitute offenses to the ICC jurisdiction. Also, it seeks to stimulate the knowledge and application of International Criminal Law in Latin American countries and apprise of the national courts’ jurisprudence over crimes of aggression, genocide, humanity, and war crimes.

Each team must address a hypothetical case with three memorials (Prosecution, Defense, and Legal Representation of Victims) to be submitted in April 2020 (the hypothetical case is usually published in October). On the other hand, the oral part of the competition consists of three phases: (i) preliminary phase, (ii) semi-final phase, and (iii) final phase, held in The Hague (Netherlands) in May/June 2020.

(2) The Inter-University International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice Competition has the aim of fostering an academic platform to broaden knowledge on the periods of repression and subsequent resolution of conflicts generated in countries which have experienced massive or systematic human rights violations.

Each team must address a hypothetical case with three memorials (Prosecution, State, and Legal Representation of Victims) to be submitted in September 2019 (the case is usually published in May). On the other hand, the oral part of the competition consists of three phases: (i) preliminary phase, (ii) semi-final phase, and (iii) final phase, held in Bogotá D.C., in October/November 2019.

Selection process of students making up the teams

In the first stage, open courses will be imparted on Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights International Law, and Transitional Justice. Students will acquire the necessary foundations to enter the competitions. The course will begin the last week of July 2019, at the beginning of the academic semester.

To register for the courses, applicants must first complete an interview. The interview requirements are as follows:

1) Be a Law undergraduate, Specialization, Masters, or Doctorate student

(2) Not have been involved in remunerated professional activities requiring an undergraduate Law degree. For ICC competition purposes, internships, even if paid, will not be considered in this category.

(3) Be under 32 years of age

(4) Have a minimum 3.5-grade average and a medium level in the English language. (The competition is held in Spanish; however, most of the material is in English).

In the second stage, students representing the University in both competitions will be selected from those attending the courses, based on their academic skills and personal qualities.

The documents to be submitted are:

1) Screenshot indicating the cumulative grade point average. It is not necessary to submit the grades certification issued by the Faculty of Law.

(2) Current résumé.