ICC Competition for Students - National Round


ALMA is proud to be the official organizer of the ALMA National Round in Cooperation with the international organizers in The Hague.

Israeli team of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem at ICC Moot Court Final, reached 2nd place, Hague 2014

(taken from the official ICC Moot Court website: http://iccmoot.com)

Click here for the website of the International ICC Trial Competition


The International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition (ICC Moot Court Competition) is organized by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, of Leiden University for the official website see here.

What is the ICC Moot Court Competition

The Competition consists of an extensive educational and social program, which brings together students of diverse backgrounds and cultures to The Hague to challenge their skills as future international lawyers. The final round is expected to take place in an actual ICC courtroom with ICC judges adjudicating.

The ALMA National Round- ICC Moot Court Competition

Every year, two teams from any country will be allowed to participate in The Hague competition week. Therefore, if there is more than two teams signed up from a recognized academic institution in Israel, a National Round organized by ALMA, will be held. (Only if more than 12 teams sign up from Israel will 3 teams be allowed to participate in The Hague). The ALMA National Round will be judged by leading practitioners in the field. The Competition will be held in English.

The ALMA National Round allows all participants to compete for the first place, while providing a further opportunity to master their skills in view of the Finals in The Hague. The winning team will be able to participate in The Hague competition week and will receive a travelling grant, courtesy of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Participation in the National Round is in itself an enriching experience and exposes students to the field and to the practitioners!

Between 2012 - 2019, The Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem was the only Israeli team participating in the Competition. They have reached impressive results reaching 5th place in 2013 Finals and 2nd place in 2014 Finals! In the 2016 and 2018 competitions the Hebrew University team passed to the quarter finals round, and in 2017 the team made it to the Semi-Finals of the competition.

ALMA-ICC Moot Court Competition

ALMA would like to encourage more Law Faculties and Schools in Israel to join the Competition and participate in this winning experience! To do so:

  1. MFA Grant - ALMA engaged with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), who has offered their generous support with the MFA Hague travelling grant - The winning team at the Israeli National Round will receive a travel grant from the Israeli MFA. The grant will cover the flight tickets of the winning Israeli team, enabling up to 7 team members (5 students and two coaches) to join the Hague international competition and Finals.

  2. The grant is graciously provided with the aim of promoting knowledge of international criminal law among Israeli students and promoting Israeli students in the world of international criminal courts. Only the winning team at the National Israeli Round will receive an MFA travel grant.

  3. ICL Seminars - ALMA also organizes seminars on international criminal law (ICL) and international humanitarian law, the ICC - substantive and procedural law, available to all participating teams free of charge, in order to provide students with the requisite knowledge in the field.

  4. If you would like to participate and benefit from ALMA ICL seminars, please write to the email below. Information about grouped seminars will be available depending on the number of participating teams, each year.

  5. ALMA is happy to facilitate and assist interested teams in any way. This includes contacts with potential coaches. ALMA is building a roster of coaches available for interested Law Faculties and Schools. If you would like to join the list or receive a list of interested and qualified coaches and their CVs, please write to the email below.

Team Composition

  1. Each team will be comprised of three (3) speakers. Additionally, during the preparations, the team may include two (2) Researchers and two (2) coaches: one leading coach and one assistant coach.

Important Dates

  1. Registration opening: 1 September 2019.

  2. Registration deadline is on 24 November 2019.

  3. Written Submissions of the Teams are due by 16 March, 2020.

  4. The ICC Moot Court Competition will take place between 7 - 12, June, 2020

Please note every year the schedule may differ and it is important to check for updates on ALMA competition website but also on the ICC Moot Court Competition Website.

Registration information

The registration fee for participation in the International Rounds, is based on the World Bank list of economies (June 2019). The registration fee for teams from countries qualified as high income countries is €975. Teams from countries qualified as upper middle income countries, pay €675, and teams from lower, or low income countries €350,00.

Israel is considered a high income country.

If you are considering joining the Competition, registration forms will be available from 1 September, 2019 and until 24 November, 2019 in accordance with the competition regulations.

Before registration please read the following files (also attached):

Registration form

Consent form

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any information or assistance, at Adv. Yael Vias Gvirsman, Project Manager and Initiator: ICC.Competition@alma-ihl.org.

Rules and Regulations

Rules of Procedure for 2020 - Please read the rules of procedure carefully.

Every team is responsible for following the Rules and Regulations of the ICC Trial Competition. ALMA will not be held responsible for any violation of the Rules and Regulations by teams participating in the Israeli National Round or the international round.

Israeli Representatives in the International ICC Trial Competition

2012 - Hebrew University* - Efrat Bouganim, Dafna Dror, Adam Shahaf. Team Coach: Dr. Maria Varaki

2013 - Hebrew University* - Sharon Aviram, Eitan Kaplansky, Eitan smith, Yulia Kniazev (team researcher). Team Coach: Dr. Rotem Giladi, assistant coach - Adam Shahaf. [Ranked 5th at the ICC Competition Finals at The Hague.]

2014 - Hebrew University* - Yonatan Romm, Ofir Sharon and Ayana Yakobovitch. Team Coach Dr. Rotem Giladi, assistant coach - Sharon Aviram [Ranked 2nd at the ICC Competition Finals at the Hague.]

2015 - Hebrew University* - Ofek Gal Gendler, Adi Debel, Daphne Benvenisty. Team coach - Dr. Rotem Giladi, assistant coaches - Sharon Aviram and Yonatan Romm

2016 - Hebrew University* - Rotem Bavli, Sima Granovsky, Errel Peli, Chen Ben-Eliezer (team researcher). Team Coach - Adv. Ido Rosenzweig, assistant coach - Yonatan Romm

2017 - Hebrew University* - Tal Ben Dayan, Limor Shafran, Alon Steinitz, Nizan Yaari (team researcher), Amit Giladi (team researcher). Team Coach - Adv. Ido Rosenzweig, assistant coach - Rotem Bavli.

2018 - Hebrew University* - Shahar Cohen, Shaked Cohen Dor, Shir Zahavi. Team Coaches - Adv. Ido Rosenzweig and Magdalena Pacholska.

2019 - Hebrew University* - Or Nir, Yazid Ershied, David Ross. Team Coaches - Adv. Noa Schruer and Shaked Cohen Dor

[*No national Round was held]


The National ICC Competition Project was initiated and is headed by Adv. Yael Vias Gvirsman