Temple Law 3Ls Justin Capek, Lilah Thompson, and Anu Thomas turned in a strong performance at the North American Regional round of the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition, besting squads from schools including American University and John’s Hopkins School of International Studies on their way to the semi-final round. Justin Capek and Lilah Thompson also earned individual honors for Best Defense Oralist of the Day and Best Victim’s Advocate Brief, respectively. This is the second consecutive Temple team to advance this far in the competition.

“We’re extremely proud of Justin, Lilah, and Anu,” said Professors Meg deGuzman and Rick Greenstein, who served as co-coaches for the team. “Their hard work, both individually and as a team, and their commitment to excellence shone throughout their performance in the competition. They reflected the best of what it means to be a Temple lawyer.”

The ICC Moot Court Competition welcomes universities from all over the world for a large scale moot court simulating the proceedings of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The final round of competition consists of an extensive six-day educational and social program, which brings students of diverse backgrounds and cultures to The Hague to challenge their skills as future international lawyers. The championship round is expected to take place in an actual ICC courtroom with ICC judges adjudicating.

Photo credit Lilah Thompson. Pictured above:  Lilah Thompson, Justin Capek, Professor Meg deGuzman, Anu Thomas.