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Symbiosis Law School, Pune – International Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition, 2016 is a modest endeavour of Symbiosis Law School, Pune conceptualized with the aim of infusing within the otherwise competent curriculum of Law Colleges, Universities the seeds of dispute adjudication through the annals of International Criminal Court. The Competition, among its peers, is an uncharted territory, but one with utmost significance in the contemporary times.
This year, the compromis pertaining to the 1st Edition of the Competition is an eclectic brunch of elements from the mixed regime of international criminal law as well as international humanitarian law spreading across the aisle of developments that have taken place in these legal spheres through the panoramic vista of history. Right from the Nuremberg Trials of 1945, through the well collaborated UN MICT, to the recently proposed Chautauqua Blueprint of August 2013, efforts have been made to capture a wide variety of nuances inherent in the trial of individuals charged for committing international crimes. Moreover, special attention has been given to the procedure of the Trial Competition to encompass the uniqueness of the ICC as a Court whose genesis lies in the realm of common law, but one with maximum judges coming from civil law background. This includes making the procedure a robust combination of adversarial-inquisitorial system of adjudication wherein the Court while acting as a neutral judge, passionately ignites scholarship in the quest to uncover truth and lay down a record of the reality for posterity to make use of.
Finally, through Competitions such as Symbiosis International Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition, 2016, Symbiosis Law School, Pune seeks to embrace its honourable onus of servitude towards the international legal community by charting an opportunity to the world student community to engage in exemplary legal advocacy covering critical issues plaguing the world order today, and in the process, contribute a significant dent in the ongoing crusade aimed at crafting international criminal law to meet its expectations as a sustainable, dependable and unbiased justice delivery system.