Advisory Council for Career & Technical Education for New York City

NYC Students Argue “Child Soldiers” Case at the International Moot Court at The Hague

Peace Palace at The Hague during a visit by Pope John Paul II.

Two all-star teams of New York City high school students will argue a case at The Hague in the Netherlands in the first International Moot Court Competition February 12 to 19.  The New York teams will argue their case, “Child Soldiers,” against teams from the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Venezuela and Argentina for the championship title. The final round will be held at the world famous Vredespaleis or Peace Palace.

New York CTE’s Justice Resource Center, in partnership with the City Hall of the Hague, and the International Debate Education Association (IDEA), in conjunction with the International Bar Association (IBA-England), has developed this first International high school Moot Court competition. The competition is an outgrowth of the nationally acclaimed MENTOR law firm/school partnership program. MENTOR, which was created in the 1980s, pairs major law firms with New York City public high school students. The lawyers-partners and associates help students prepare for an appellate argument. Countless hours are spent analyzing and dissecting judicial opinions  as well as honing oral advocacy skill

The following students will represent New York City at the Hague:

Mishal Ayaz from John Bowne High School
Shannika Campbell from Harry S Truman High School
Tyler Deharrte from Cobble Hill School of American Studies
Rafael Henriquez from Bronx High School of Science
Benjamin Hoffman and Katherine Mallary from the High School of American Studies at Lehman College
Tiana Quattruci and Alban Hoxha of Herbert H. Lehman High School
Catrina Livermore and Daniel Pena of Forest Hills High School
Christopher Llego of Sheepshead Bay High School
Juan Lopez from Flushing High School
Gabriel Pariente and Rose Balzano of James Madison High School
Sophia Weinstock of Susan E. Wagner High School
Peiran Zhang of Francis Lewis High School

For more information about the Justice Resource Center or the International Moot Court Competition, email Debbie Lesser or phone 212-580-5905.

“In this exercise, you are given an ICC judgement involving events which happened during a civil war in a fictional country, Malenga…”

Test your skills at international criminal law. Download the 48-page PDF of the Moot Court Exercise for Students.