On 24 July students from RGSL participated in the Nuremberg Moot, an international moot court competition which is held partially at the Nuremberg Palace of Justice and organised by the International Nuremberg Principles Academy and the International Criminal Law Research Unit at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg. This competition attracts around 60 teams from around the world every year. Participants argue on a fictitious international criminal law case before the "International Criminal Court". The organisers coordinate with highly esteemed professionals in the field, such as judges, academics and other practitioners to sit on the moot court panels.
RGSL team consisted of five students - Ilze Elizabete Strazda, Linda Kronberga, Kristiāna Plāte, Gabriela Fomina and Kalvis Logins. Our team members would like to express their gratitude to the school and RGSL Director Ieva Rācenāja, as well as Māris Vainovskis, Senior Partner at Eversheds Sutherlands Bitāns for their support.
As the RGSL Bachelor study programme does not include international criminal law, the members of the team have studied it individually to prepare for the moot court. The RGSL team would like to thank RGSL faculty and lawyers Kristaps Tamužs, Arina Melse, Ilze Tralmaka and Dainis Pudelis for their help in preparing for the moot court's debate part.
In accordance to the moot court format, the participation in the playoff round was secured primarily by two victories in the qualifying round; our team won one of the competitions, but in the second the University of Eastern Piedmont (Italy) surpassed by a few points difference. "Nonetheless, it was a tremendously rewarding experience for us - use of our knowledge in criminal law and participation in a high-level international moot court. We have not only become more familiar with international criminal law, but we also have learned from judges' recommendations that will help us to be more efficient in the future moot courts," say RGSL team members.