About Model International Criminal Court Western Balkans (MICC WeB)

MICC WeB will consist of six five-day sessions simulating the work of the International Criminal Court. The sessions will take place in six different cities in Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The project engages students from different high schools in the above mentioned countries, 30 of which will be divided into three simulation groups at each session: 

  • Prosecution
  • Defense
  • Judges, who are going to use the knowledge acquired to deliver a verdict on the simulation case.

Along with the three groups, the entire simulation case is going to be followed by a press team consisting of students who are going to learn about the basics of journalism. At the end of the simulation, they will publish their work related to the topic of simulation cases. 

During a five-day session, the first three days will be reserved for working with the students. They will learn about the basics of law, legal terminology, trials, the history of the cases to be simulated, as well as the different aspects of human rights, the violations thereof and the mechanisms of protecting human rights in in the future. 

The simulation of four cases will take place during the last two days of a session.

MICC will not only deal with the cases and verdicts related to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia – ICTY (such as the Erdemovic case), but also with the verdicts of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda – UNICTR (such as the Bikindi case). The simulations will also include the famous Nuremberg trials that preceded the establishment of the International Criminal Court dealing with war crimes. 

The significance of this project can be observed at several levels. Not only does it enable the integration and further cooperation of students from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, but it also offers them an opportunity to learn through group work about the major human rights violations throughout history, as well as consider the different perspectives hidden behind the still existing taboos of the countries marked by turbulent pasts. 

More information in local languages is available at: http://www.miccweb.org/