Moot Competitions

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice recruits and provides guidance for the teams representing NYU in some of the most notable moot competitions in the fields of human rights and humanitarian law.

Jean-Pictet Competition

CHRGJ oversees a selection process for a three-member NYU Team. All NYU Law students are eligible to apply. Applications of interested students are reviewed by law school faculty.

To register for the competition, teams must consist of three students from the same institution, none of whom has taken part in the competition before and all of whom should generally be under 30 years old. Requests for exemption of requirements can be made.

Membership on the NYU Team does not guarantee admission to the competition. NYU Team members are responsible for applying to the competition, and, if accepted, to apply for funding through the Hauser Global Law School Program, and prepare for the competition.

The competition is held in March, and NYU team recruitment takes place in the fall semester.

Jean-Pictet Competition Site

Past NYU Jean-Pictet Teams 

International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition

The International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court Competition offers a unique opportunity to gain practice in legal research, writing, and oral argument, and to learn about international criminal law, a fascinating subject that sits at the confluence of domestic criminal law, general international law, and human rights law.

Currently enrolled NYU JD and LLM students are eligible, so long as they are not admitted to practice law in any jurisdiction.

Regional rounds are held at Pace Law School in March, and qualifying teams advance to the finals and argue before ICC judges in The Hague in late May or early June.

ICC Moot Competition: Regional Rounds

ICC Moot Competition: Finals

2014 NYU Law ICC Moot Team Prosecutors Sam Kalar, Bianca Isaias
2014 NYU Law ICC Moot Team Prosecutors Sam Kalar, Bianca Isaias

Past Competitions

In previous years, NYU has also fielded teams for the Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition, an experiential learning competition which uses simulation to introduce future attorneys to real-world challenges facing international humanitarian law (IHL) practitioners during armed conflict.

The Clara Barton Competition was created by the American Red Cross in 2014. Named after the founder of the American Red Cross, this event is a simulation-based moot court competition for students interested in international humanitarian law (IHL), also known as the “law of war” or “law of armed conflict.” The Clara Barton Competition is an experiential learning competition designed to introduce future attorneys to real-world challenges facing IHL practitioners during armed conflict. Modeled off of the world renowned Jean-Pictet competition, participants engage in a variety of practical role playing exercises, during which they will be asked to assume various professional roles and accomplish a various field assignments.


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