2018 International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition (English) was held in Changping Campus of China University of Political Science and Law from March 17 to 18. After passing the preliminary for academic papers, a total of 24 well-known universities including Peking University, Wuhan University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University launched fierce competitions. After a two-day exciting contest, the team from Beijing Normal University won The Overall Winner, the best result since our school took part in the competition.
The International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition is jointly sponsored by China University of Political Science and Law and the International Criminal Court. The competition is based on a round robin system. Teams from 24 well-known universities including Peking University, Wuhan University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University play defense attorneys, prosecution attorneys and victims' agents respectively. English is used as the competition language and oral defense is conducted in accordance with the procedure of the International Criminal Court. Topics include international customary law, crimes against humanity, liability of legal person, criminal liability mode, principle of non bis in idem, principle of supplementary jurisdiction, etc.
The ICC Beijing Normal University team was formed in September 2017, with Professor LI Bin of the Law School and Dr. ZHAO Chenguang of the College for Criminal Law Science as coaches and under the guidance of Professor HUANG Feng of the College for Criminal Law Science and Associate Professor LIAO Shiping of the Law School. The team was headed by CHEN Liang, an undergraduate of the 2015 Zhuoyue Class in our Law School. The team members included GONG Yu, an undergraduate of the 2015 Zhuoyue Class in our Law School, and GUO Yiwei, LI Qinxuan, and WANG Jingyang, undergraduates from 2016 Hande Class.
Since the formation of the team in September 2017, all the team members have studied international criminal law knowledge in a planned and step-by-step way, collected cases, sorted out issues, and practiced professional English expression. What they had done spent painstaking efforts. In order to better prepare for the writing of the memorandum, all the team members spent the first New Year's Eve when they were not at home in Beijing Normal University. In the course of the court debate, the Beijing Normal University Law School team competed with the strong teams such as China Foreign Affairs University, Wuhan University and University of International Business and Economics in the preliminaries, successively fully winning the top 12 in the competition. It also defeated School of Transnational Law of Peking University and Foreign Affairs University in the knockout matches, finally ranking fourth in China's competition area and qualifying for the international competition. In late May, the team will go to The Hague, Netherlands as one of the Chinese teams to participate in the international competition. In addition, team member GUO Yiwei won the title of best victim agent.
The excellent performance of the Beijing Normal University team in this competition is inseparable from the full support of the Law School and Hande College, the careful guidance of the teachers and the hard work of the team members. In the days to come, the Law School will continue to strongly support Jessup, vismoot, ICC and other international moot court competitions. Students at all grades of the Law School are welcome to participate in such competitions, enrich their experience and improve their learning ability in the competitions!