Below are the materials for this year’s IMCHS tryouts. Please prepare a 3-5 page brief (argument section only), along with the candidate application form, and submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 6th at 5 pm. Please choose to represent either the applicant or the respondent, and pick only one of the two issues presented. This is a closed universe, the resources below are all you need for this tryout.
After submission of your brief, you have about a week to prepare a 5-minute oral argument, which will be held on Saturday, September 30, Sunday, October 1, Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8. Please provide a detailed list of your availability on those days on the Candidate Application Form.
* Please be aware that current 1L J.D. students are not eligible for the team. However, interested students are welcome and encouraged to attend IMCHS practices and competitions, if permitted. Also, current 1L J.D. students are more than welcome to tryout next year.
- Please refer to the hypothetical as Compromis for the tryout purposes. If you feel necessary to pinpoint to a specific paragraph in the Compromis, please refer to the content you cited to by using its paragraph number. E.g., Paragraph 31 of the Compromis.
- International Court of Justice (ICJ) judges are NOT called your honor. Refer to them as Your Excellency.
- Remember that States are sovereigns and as such are not bound to any case law unless they were a party to it. However, case law is persuasive. E.g. Germany is not bound to the Military and Paramilitary Activities in and Against Nicaragua (US v. Nic.).
- States are, however, bound to treaties they are a party to.
Best of luck! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at email@example.com.
2017 Tryout Materials:
Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties: Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties
UN Charter & ICJ Statute: UN Charter and ICJ Statute
Articles of Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts: Articles of Responsibilities of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts
1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property: 1970 UNESCO Convention
Draft articles on the Law of Transboundary Aquifers: Draft articles on the Law of Transboundary Aquifers
UN Guiding Principles on Unilateral Declarations: Guiding Principles applicable to unilateral declarations of States capable of creating legal obligations
Nuclear Test Case (New Zealand v. France): Nuclear Test Case
Carol Roehrenbeck, Repatriation of Cultural Property: Who Owns the Past?: Carol Roehrenbeck, Repatriation of Cultural Property: Who Owns the Past? An Introduction to Approaches and to Selected Statutory Instruments, International Journal of Legal Information: Vol. 38: Iss. 2, Article 11 (2010)