The International Criminal Court (ICC) arched in the memory of Kenyans as the court of justice paid homage to five young law scholars from JKUAT, not for trial, but for a noble course; to participate in the Criminal Law Moot Court Competition.
The competition took place on April 2012 and attracted 26 universities from 20 countries spread across the world, where JKUAT and University of Nairobi were the only participating universities from Africa. The JKUAT team showed an exemplary grasp of legal finesse despite the fact that it is the youngest kid on the legal podium that brought together renowned law schools mainly from Europe, Asian, America and Australia were they won trophies and books.
The competition was graced by a galaxy of internationally accomplished lawyers and renowned practitioners who have represented suspects in a number of international ad hoc tribunals such as the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Special Criminal Tribunal for Sierra Leone.
The Competition is an annual event organized by the International Criminal Law Network, a global body that brings together academics, policymakers and legal professionals for the advancement of justice and the ICC. The main objective of the competition is to sensitize students on the mission of the ICC, emerging jurisprudence and its mandate of eradicating impunity.
Receiving the students at her office, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, the Vice Chancellor commended the students for “cutting a niche for JKUAT at the competitive global arena.”