Team Osgoode will compete at a major international law moot court competition this June

Osgoode students will compete this June in the global round of the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition (ICCMCC) in The Hague, Netherlands, following a strong performance in the regional round on March 11 and 12 at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in White Plains, NY.

The Osgoode team made up of Daniel Legris (2L, oralist), Carleigh Hobson (2L, oralist), Bunisha Samuels (3L, oralist), Stefania Perrella (3L, researcher) and Rebecka Arraial (3L, researcher) advanced to the semi-finals of the Regional Round for the Americas and Caribbean and won third place for the best memorial (defence).

“This year’s regional round included some of the hottest benches I’ve seen in a moot competition, and our students handled themselves with professionalism, self-possession and confidence,” said Professor Heidi Matthews, one of the team’s co-coaches. “Perhaps most impressive to me is the speed with which they are able to take on and synthesize new information, as well as the oralists’ composure under pressure.”

The Osgoode team is also coached by international lawyer Paul Clark of Garden Court Chambers in London, England, and Osgoode LLM alumnus Vlad Hachinski, who was a member of the team last year.

The annual international criminal law competition is organized by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies on The Hague campus of Leiden University with support from the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Bar Association. It is the world’s largest competition focused on international criminal law and its judges include ICC jurists and officers.

Osgoode’s ICCMCC result is one of several strong performances achieved by students at the law school during the 2022-23 academic year.