The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (Rome Statute) has a total of one hundred and twenty-three (123) State parties. Thirty-three (33) of the State parties are African States. Consequently, the African continent arguably produces the highest number of parties to the Rome Statute. In addition, most of the accused persons before the International Criminal Court (ICC) have been from African states. Further, one of the novel criminal tribunals, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) was established to deliver justice to the victims of the Rwandan genocide, an African county. Lastly, Africa has successfully adopted African traditional mechanisms to serve justice and ensure reconciliation including the magamba spirits in Mozambique, Gacaca Courts in Rwanda and the bashingantahe in Burundi.
Despite the existence of and continued practice of the various forms of administration of international criminal justice in post-conflict African countries, not much has been done to mentor the next generation of scholars with an interest in the area. Most regrettably, no international criminal law moot court competition currently exists in the region.
Accordingly, it is proposed that the Strathmore Law School establishes an inaugural Strathmore International Criminal Law Moot Court Competition to fill this existing gap.
ABOUT THE SICLMC
The Moot Court Competition is a simulated hearing of disputes before the International Criminal Court. The teams prepare and analyse a fictitious case and present their arguments both for the Prosecution, the Respondent and the State in front of a Panel of judges who consist of International Criminal Law and the International Humanitarian Law experts.
The Principal Aims of SICLMC
The SICLMC is principally aimed at encouraging advocacy and scholarship in Public International Law (PIL) generally and more specifically in International Criminal Law (ICL) and by extension International Humanitarian Law (IHL) matters. Further, the SICLMC is aimed at creating a pool of African students with a keen interest in international criminal justice by exposing them to the procedures and practice of ICL and IHL in the ICC as well as special criminal courts and tribunals.
PHASES OF THE SICLMC
- Hon. Justice Rosario Salvatore Aitala - Judge of the International Criminal Court
- Hon. Justice Daniel Musinga – President & Judge of the Court of Appeal
- Hon. Lady Justice Grace Ngenye - Judge of the Court of appeal & Chair of the National Committee on Criminal Justice Reforms
- Prof. Githu Muigai - Senior Counsel & Former Attorney General of Kenya
- Mr. Hillary Kiboro - Legal Counsel, International Committee of the Red Cross
- Mr. Cecil Abungu - Lecturer, Strathmore Law School.