For the first time the Irish Centre for Human Rights of the National University of Ireland, Galway is going to participate in the International Criminal Court Moot Competition that is organised by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University with the institutional support of the International Criminal Court.
The competition takes place in The Hague, the Netherlands every year as a six-day event, where students gather from different universities from all around the world to compete in the field of International Criminal Law. This year there are 65 universities participating in the competition.
The ICC Moot Court Competition 2016 will take place from Sunday, 22 May until Friday, 27 May, 2016 and the NUI Galway will be represented by an international team with students from 5 different countries. The three speakers are Anne-Catherine Standaert, Belgian; Cécile Genoud, Swiss; and Kayla Cook, American. The researchers are Gabrielle Nava, American, and Ciaran Wallace, Irish.
The team coach is Shane Darcy, lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights and the assistant coach is Hellen Carvalho, Brazilian.
Sometimes it’s hard to imagine yourself studying abroad. Applying for a masters is a long process that takes all kinds of commitment. You need to figure out what you want to study, where do you want to study, how are you going to pay for your studies, where you are going to live, and so on and so forth. A couple month ago I could not imagine I would have figured out all of that and I would be studying at the NUI Galway, that represents the top 2% prestigious universities in the world. I was fortunate to get accepted at the Irish Centre for Human Rights from the NUI Galway for a masters in Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict and I got the Government of Ireland scholarship for Brazilian students. Therefore, by taking this masters I’m in a position to strengthen the educational relationship between Brazil and Ireland, especially in the humanities area. Studying at NUI Galway is a chance that a few students have, so I will embrace this experience to the fullest, enjoying all the lectures, all the books I can access in the library, all the papers I write, all the connections I make and all the extra time I have outside the school to experience Ireland, its landscape, its people, its food! Thank you so much for the amazing opportunity to allow me to broaden my world and to give back what I learnt to the world.