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Article

Abstract

On July 18, 2000, as part of the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association, an all star cast of American and English lawyers gathered in the Common Room of the Law Society of England and Wales in London to simulate oral argument before the International Criminal Court ("ICC"). The fictitious proceedings involved a head of state, President Luis Medema, charged with genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The prosecutors and defense counsel engaged in lively oral argument before the Trial Chamber in the context of three critical issues: (1) jurisdiction of the ICC over citizens of non-state parties; (2) testimony of anonymous witness; and (3) the national security exception. Following vigorous debate, which followed the procedures set forth in the Rome Statute, the Trial Chamber deliberated and rendered its judgment. This transcript is a largely unedited record of these proceedings.