2022 IBA ICC Moot Court Competition won by The Honourable Society of King’s Inns

Thursday 2 June 2022

The Honourable Society of King’s Inns (Ireland), pictured bottom left, has been named winner of the 2022 International Bar Association (IBA) International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court Competition. China University of Political Science and Law (China) and Emory University School of Law (United States) placed second and third, respectively. The Awards Ceremony took place on 28 May and can be watched here.

The final round of the Competition was held in a hybrid format: streamed live from Courtroom 1 of the ICC on 27 May, with ICC Judge Althea Violet Alexis-Windsor presiding in person, together with legal officers Cynthia Chamberlain and Farhaan Ahmed (pictured top left), and the three finalists’ teams pleading online.

Chair of the IBA ICC Moot Court Competition Board of Advisors and Dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Professor Michael P Scharf commented: ‘After six preliminary rounds and three elimination rounds, a new ICC Moot Court World Champion was crowned. But all the students participating in the competition were winners. Through their many hours of research, writing and practice, they have mastered the fundamentals of international criminal law and procedure. They have developed expertise concerning the International Criminal Court's Statute, rules, negotiating record and precedents. And they have developed impressive advocacy skills that will carry them forward in their legal careers.’


The IBA ICC Moot Court Competition is designed to enhance law students’ knowledge of the Rome Statute – the treaty that established the ICC in 2002 – and proceedings of the Court. Each year, the teams present oral arguments in a fictitious case tackling key issues and current developments in international criminal law. They address fundamental issues of a substantive and procedural nature in the roles of the Office of the Prosecutor, the Defence and Victims’ Counsel.

This year the Competition’s organisers, the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, hosted 456 online pleadings and offered a variety of academic events for 76 student teams from 46 countries and 545 legal experts who had either volunteered as evaluators of memorials in the written phase or as judges during the oral hearings.

The closing ceremony of the 2022 Competition took place on 28 May, with remarks by IBA President Sternford Moyo, IBA Executive Director Dr Mark Ellis, and the Chair of the IBA ICC Moot Court Competition Organising Committee, Professor Dr Carsten Stahn. During the closing ceremony, IBA awards were given in recognition of special accomplishments by the IBA’s President and Director of the IBA ICC & ICL Programme Kate Orlovsky for Best Memorial Overall, Best Oralist of the Preliminary Rounds, Best Non-Native English-Speaking Team and Best Newcomer Team.

Mr Moyo, Chairman and Senior Partner at Scanlen and Holderness in Zimbabwe expressed his thanks to the ICC and the many volunteering judges by saying: ‘We would like to thank the International Criminal Court for hosting the final round in their courtroom, and to the ICC judges and staff who generously gave time to judge. To all the judges, in particular the IBA members, we cannot thank you enough for volunteering your precious time to guide and share your legal expertise with the students. Some of you have been committed to the event for many years and we hope you will continue to do so for many more. The support of the judges is what makes this competition possible.’

Dr Ellis commented: ‘At a time when international criminal law is front and centre of news agendas in a way not seen for quite some time, the experience of the IBA ICC Moot Court Competition is invaluable to international students. Through these competitions we aim to instil in new generations of international criminal law practitioners the absolute imperative to preserve the rule of law and to fight impunity. We have high aspirations that we will see some of them working at the ICC in the future, or that they will be promoting the Rome Statute system in their domestic jurisdictions.’

Highlights of the 2022 IBA ICC Moot Court Competition included:

This year’s moot participants were also invited to attend the IBA War Crimes Committee’s Annual Conference events held between 9 and 13 May.

Prof Dr Stahn said: ‘This Moot Court Competition stands as a beacon of hope at a time where we urgently need forward-looking and engaged lawyers from all parts of out globe to stand up for international justice and human rights. We would like to thank all teams and judges for an excellent and inspiring performance. We would also like to express our gratitude to IBA for the wonderful support they provide. We are looking forward to keeping up the bonds with all participants and hope to see all of you back for our 2023 edition!


Notes to the Editor

  1. The opening ceremony with ASP President Dr Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi can be viewed here.
  2. The following events were recorded and can be viewed at their respective links,
  3. At the beginning of 2021, the IBA and Grotius Centre of Leiden University signed a new memorandum of understanding, which positioned the IBA as the primary supporting partner of the event and renaming it the IBA ICC Moot Court Competition. During the opening ceremony, the competition’s new logo was showcased in a video created by the IBA.
  4. The International Bar Association (IBA), the global voice of the legal profession, is the foremost organisation for international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. Established in 1947, shortly after the creation of the United Nations, it was born out of the conviction that an organisation made up of the world's bar associations could contribute to global stability and peace through the administration of justice.

    The IBA acts as a connector, enabler, and influencer, for the administration of justice, fair practice, and accountability worldwide. The IBA has collaborated on a broad range of ground-breaking, international projects with the United Nations, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, The Commonwealth, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, among others.

  5. Find the IBA (@IBAnews) on social media here:

For further information please contact:

Kate Orlovsky
Director, The Hague Office
International Bar Association

Nassaulaan 19
2514 JT The Hague
The Netherlands

Mobile: +31 (0) 70 737 0686
Email: kate.orlovsky@int-bar.org
Website: www.ibanet.org/ICC-ICL-Programme

Romana St. Matthew - Daniel
Press Office
International Bar Association

5 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1LG
United Kingdom

Direct Line: +44 (0)20 7842 0094
Email: romana.daniel@int-bar.org
Website: www.ibanet.org

Website page link for this news release:

Short link: tinyurl.com/2p99933v

Full link: www.ibanet.org/2022-IBA-ICC-Moot-Court-Competition-won-by-The-Honourable-Society-of-Kings-Inns