FGV Law School conquers Brazilian stage of the International Criminal Court competition

17 May 2013

Students from FGV?s Law School in São Paulo (DIREITO GV) won the 1st Edition of the Judicial Simulation Competition before the International Criminal Court (ICC), based at FGV in São Paulo. In total, the winning team gained 97 of a possible 100 points, against the 78 points from the second placed team of Uniritter ? from the city of Porto Alegre. With the victory, the group formed by Pedro Mendonça, Guilherme Góes, Paloma Romero and Luiz Eduardo Al-Contar will compete, in July 8-13, in the final stage of competition in The Hague, Netherlands. Based on the application of International Criminal Law of Ibero-American countries, the finalists simulated a trial based on crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Antaño province, considering the respective people responsible for the actions. The performances of the finalists impressed the judges. According to the judge from the 3rd region Federal Court, Maria Cecília Mello, the competition was top notch and professional. I was impressed. I found the students? skills something out of the ordinary, since they still didn't have experience in this field, or in the International Court. It was a very pleasant surprise, she said. For the Global Law Center coordinator, Michelle Ratton Sanchez Badin, the outcome of the competition was positive for everyone. We noted a positive development; which was recorded by the teams in this round table. All recorded growth throughout the competition, said Michele, who also added, it was the first national round and we managed to complete it very successfully. Experience was a determining factor After the hearing, a roundtable was formed by the finalists and organizers of the competition. Faced with the end result, the feeling of anxiety of DIREITO GV's team gave way to relief since the school had been declassified in the semifinal round, in the 2012 Competition, which took place in Mexico City. The experience factor was decisive in the achievement. Last year, a number of issues, such as lack of experience and ability with the subject matter, made us not get to the finals. This year, we were more relaxed to work, more prepared and more mature, says Pedro Mendonça, 4th year student. As for the expectations for the final phase, Michelle Ratton bets on good team performance. We are participating for the second time and the international competition is to our advantage. We know the competition well. I'm sure we can achieve a better position than last year, and that's our goal, she reveals. The group intends to maintain the same pace until the last round in Europe, but knows that it's important to rest. The past three weeks have been exhausting. Let's take a breather to continue to prepare ourselves, simulating the hearings, researching the material, examining the issue carefully and seeking peace and quiet to get to the finals in The Hague, Pedro concludes.


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