April 24, 2018

Russian Version – Kazan Federal University wins ICC Moot Court Competition

The Kazan Federal University won on May 19,  the final round of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court Competition, Russian version, held in Courtroom I of the ICC premises in The Hague (the Netherlands). The National Research University Higher School of Economics won second place and the Lomonosov Moscow State University came in third.

The “Best Speaker” award went to Anastasiia Zakharova of the National Research University Higher School of Economics. Members of the winning team are: Ruslan Sharipov, Aygul Fatykhova, Daria Domolazova and Aman Amanov.

On the judge’s bench for this competition were ICC Judge Geoffrey Henderson, presiding, Hirad Abtahi, Head of Unit and Legal Adviser at the ICC Presidency, and William St-Michel, Associate Legal Adviser at the ICC Presidency.

This version of the ICC Moot Court Competition is organised by the Law Faculty of National Research University Higher School of Economics with institutional support from the ICC. 13 teams and more than 70 students representing two countries (Russia (12) and Belarus (1)) took part in the preliminary rounds of the competition under the supervision of university professors, scholars, legal practitioners, and former competitors, including former ICC Judge Anita Ušaсka and former ICTY and ICTR Judge Tuzmukhamedov.

The organisational and financial support for the competition was provided by Kuznetsova’s Center for International Criminal Law and Comparative Criminal Law Studies (Faculty of Law, Lomonosov Moscow State University), the Russian National Group of International Association of Penal Law, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Russian Federation, the International Committee of the Red Cross (Regional Delegation in Moscow), the legal firms ‘FBK Legal’ and ‘Zabeyda, Kasatkin, Saushkin and partners’.

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Russian Federation and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Netherlands also supported the competition and the winning teams in their trip to The Hague.

In the context of its Academic Programme, the ICC supports the organisation of ICC Moot Court Competitions in Chinese, English, Russian and Spanish, with a view to also support Arabic and French versions in the future. These initiatives play a critical role in galvanising interest in the Court’s work with academic communities as well as in enhancing promotion and respect for international criminal law.


Photos of the competition and awards ceremony by the ICC, please open  here.

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