Valparaiso University Law Students Compete at the Annual International Criminal Court Competition

Members of the International Moot Court Society represented Valparaiso University Law School at the Annual International Criminal Court Competition in White Plains, N.Y. on Feb. 11-12. The event was hosted by Pace Law School and 15 schools participated.

Katherine Walker, Sylviane Elessie and Eduardo Galan competed in the event. They were coached by Lisa Baron. They faced representatives from a number of schools, including Tulane University, Osgoode Hall Law School, the University of Alabama and Johns Hopkins University.

Each individual submitted his or her own brief and argued according to specific roles. Elessie served as the counsel for the prosecution. Galan was the defense counsel for John Stark, the head of state, and Walker functioned as the counsel for the government of Libidan.

The case involved allegations of crimes against humanity related to the religious practice of sacrificing the daughter or granddaughter of a family member who commits a crime. Some actions were taken by John Stark, the head of state, which led to turmoil within the nation, and the ICC issued a warrant for his arrest. While visiting a neighboring country, a temporary government maintained power within the country. Competitors were asked to present arguments concerning the admissibility and jurisdiction of the case.