Gambia team receives first IBA sponsorship to participate in ICC Moot Court, and creates short documentary

The team representing The Gambia in the 2018 ICC Moot Court Competition held in The Hague, the Netherlands from 27 May – 1 June, was a recipient of the first International Bar Association (IBA) scholarship awarded to enable outstanding law students to participate in the event. Issa, Musa, Mangikey and David travelled from The Gambia to the Netherlands and documented their experience. In a short (four minutes) inspiring film, the heart, gratitude and determination of Team 16 is captured.

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Team 16 representing the Gambia. This video was produced by the University of the Gambia.

IBA Executive Director Dr Mark Ellis said: ‘Team 16’s film makes inspirational viewing. International justice needs young, talented and committed scholars and practitioners to uphold rule of law principles and the ideas behind the existence of a system of international criminal justice with the ICC at its core. I am extremely proud of the IBA support to the teams of The Gambia and Tanzania, giving them an opportunity to share and experience excellence with their peers from across the world.’

The ICC Moot Court Competition – an IBA, ICC and Leiden University’s Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies partnership – is designed to simulate International Criminal Court proceedings. This year's week-long event attracted 65 teams of law students from almost 50 countries that for the first time included Jamaica, Japan, The Gambia and Tanzania.

The ICC Moot Court Competition took place at the new Leiden University campus and the ICC in The Hague from 27 May – 1 June 2018, with the finals taking place in Courtroom I of the ICC. 



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