ILGSPD students are supported to develop and lead student-led events and initiatives. Recognizing the importance of student engagement and empowerment, the program encourages students to take initiative and create their own learning opportunities beyond the structured curriculum.
The team of our students Duc Viet TRAN and Elene Bokhochadze won the second runner-up position at the International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court Competition 2023, which took place during their semesters at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB).
The team, comprised of Duc Viet TRAN, Elene Bokhochadze (both students of the ILGSPD), and Marie Vautmans (a student of the Advanced LL.M. Programme in Public International Law of ULB), embarked on a nine-month journey of rigorous preparation 9 months ago. From June 2nd to 9th, 2023, they gathered at the esteemed Campus The Hague of Leiden University, where they engaged in fierce competition with 81 teams from 50 countries. Against all odds, they persevered and secured our place in the final round, where they competed against two teams from Brazil and the Netherlands at Courtroom 1 of the International Criminal Court, ultimately securing the 2nd runner-up position.
Participating in this competition provided our students with an invaluable opportunity to delve into the realm of international criminal law. Moreover, it allowed them to refine their advocacy skills, encompassing the art of crafting persuasive legal memoranda and delivering compelling oral arguments.
Damilola Oguntade, a student of the ILGSPD class of 2021-23, launched “Next Gen Global Frontier”, a think tank and development-impact organization that focuses on the role of youth in shaping and influencing the next generation of global governance, with the support of the ILGSPD Consortium. The platform focuses on the role of technologies in the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. It involves many other ILGSPD students and has convened a number of events including a climate policy panel session at the Lee Kuan School of Public Policy, Singapore.
A group of our students (Rusudan Shashikadze, Giorgi Baidze, Humaira Anjum, Paula Luetje, and Kim Steffens), coached by Giorgi Baidze, participated in the Helga Pedersen Moot Court Competition. The initial rounds were held in Birmingham and the UoG team, made it to the final rounds in Strasbourg.
Our students Razy Eddine and Qiqi Huang had the opportunity to participate in a team competing at the Jessup Moot Court Competition. Razy Eddine received the Runner Up-Best Oralist Award averaging 92.2/100 at the Belgian national rounds.
Our student Razy Eddine concluded an internship, through the Graduate Professional Programme, at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). In the framework of his traineeship he participated in various projects and events, such as the Second Annual Conference of the Alva Myrdal Centre for Nuclear Disarmament titled “Nuclear Disarmament at a Crossroads” in June in Upsala, Sweden. He also had the chance to participate in the preparations on the bilateral disarmament regime as part of the Centre’s working group, and to visit SIPRI.
A group of our students participated in the UofG team for the Nuremberg Moot Court Competition. Out of the 125 teams that participated in the written rounds, Glasgow came 6th with a 83% score, the highest score being 88.5%. 32 teams with a maximum of 3 per country were selected to move to the oral rounds, which means that our students will now move forward to the oral rounds in Nuremberg between 19-22 July 2023.