Abuja Chamber of Commerce Registrar-General selected as ICC, IBA Moot Court competition judge
By Nengi David
The Nigerian Chambers of Commerce Dispute Resolution Center and Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry wishes to proudly announce that our Registrar General and General Counsel Aisha Ado Abdullahi has been selected as one of the Judges in the 2022 International Criminal Court (ICC) and International Bar Association (IBA) Moot Court Competition organized by Grotius Center for International Legal Studies of Leiden Law School.
Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, President of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Assembly of States Parties (ASP), spoke of the need for the ICC to ‘demonstrate its worth’ during a keynote address on Sunday 8 May 2022 at the online opening ceremony.
The three-week IBA ICC Moot Court Competition is designed to enhance law students’ knowledge of the Rome Statute – the treaty that established the ICC in 2002 – and proceedings of the Court. Each year, the competition aims to create a moot problem that illustrates relevant and pending issues before the ICC, and to familiarise student participants with the law and practice of trials held at the Court’s premises in The Hague, the Netherlands.
This year, a total of 76 student teams from 42 countries will simulate ICC proceedings, acting as counsel for the prosecution, defendant, or victims, with almost 500 legal experts providing their time either scoring memorials or judging the oral rounds only, or both.
The opening ceremony also featured remarks from IBA President Sternford Moyo; IBA Executive Director Dr Mark Ellis; Dr Carsten Stahn, Professor of International Criminal Law and Global Justice at Leiden University; and Professor Michael P Scharf, Dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Chair of the IBA ICC Moot Court Competition Board of Advisors.