International Moot Court (IMC)

2018 International High School Moot Court Program at The Hague

The 2018 case can be found here.

2018 International High School Moot Court Program at The Hague

Justice Resource Center (JRC) Overview:

The JRC is a public/private partnership established in 1991, whose mandate is to develop, implement, replicate and evaluate law-related education projects which positively impact the school age population in the United States. Programs are geared to a diverse school age population representing great disparate ethnic, racial, and socio-economic groups, enabling students to learn about the functions of government, their roles and responsibilities as citizens, and to develop a heightened respect for the law.

International Moot Court Program Overview:

The International Moot Court is an outgrowth of the nationally acclaimed MENTOR: law firm/school partnership program. MENTOR, which was created in the 1980’s by lawyers, pairs major law firms with New York City public high school students. The lawyers-partners and associates-help the students prepare for an appellate argument. Countless hours are spent analyzing and dissecting judicial opinions, strategizing and honing oral advocacy skills. The International Moot Court was the next step. This competition affords high school students an exceptional opportunity to argue at The Hague, to develop an in-depth knowledge of the International Criminal Court, to gain a heightened respect for international law and an opportunity to exchange ideas with students from other countries.

JRC in partnership with the City Hall of The Hague developed the first International high school Moot Court competition in 2012. The 6 city/countries that participated in 2012 were: New York, New York; The Hague, Netherlands; Warsaw and Gdynia, Poland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Caracas, Venezuela and Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2014 and 2016, the program expanded to 8 more city/countries from around the world, including Bulgaria, China, Germany, Mongolia, Romania, South Africa, and Sweden. The 2018 competition continues to grow and will include new city/countries from around the world, including Azerbaijan and Scotland. MENTOR law firms participate as coaches, judges and sponsors.

The 2018 case topic will focus on 3 issues of war crimes. The case was written by  a prominent professor. Students prepare their arguments based upon the Rules of Procedure and Evidence adopted by The Assembly of States Parties for the International Criminal Court. Students will participate in multiple-elimination rounds at Leiden University Law School with two international teams emerging as the finalists. The final round will take place at the Peace Palace in The Hague with prominent international judges presiding.

The student selection process varies from all-star teams to school teams with specific criteria for student selection enabling students from various socio-economic backgrounds to participate. It is anticipated in future years, to have more thriving Moot Court competitions at the local and national level, leading to greater participation at the international level.


The Justice Resource Center, Inc., a 501c3 charitable organization, will assist with the fundraising efforts of each country.

For further information, please contact Debra Lesser, Executive Director, Justice Resource Center, NYC or telephone (212) 580-5905 or in the Netherlands, please contact Renee Reijnders at

Justice Resource Center (JRC):

City Hall of The Hague, International Moot Court website:

2018 Participating schools by country:






Netherlands (The Hague)





South Africa






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