International Criminal Law Mock Trial: The Prosecutor v. Mabo (Child Soldiers)

This mock hearing, set at the International Criminal Court (ICC), includes three packages of material: a scenario, a role preparation package and a justice sector volunteer package. The scenario, The Prosecutor v. Mabo, has students prepare for the trial of Arthur Mabo, a rebel army commander accused of recruiting and using children as child soldiers in armed conflicts. The scenario package includes the facts of the case, the relevant law and witness statements for each character. The role preparation package provides background information on the ICC, the legal procedure and general information for students playing the roles of the lawyers, court staff and judges. The justice sector volunteer package can be provided to lawyers or judges who volunteer to coach students in preparing their arguments, and/or to adjudicate the trial in the classroom. This simulation provides an exciting, experiential way for students to apply their knowledge of international law.

For each OJEN international criminal law mock trial, there are three packages: an OJEN International Criminal Law Mock Trial Scenario; the OJEN International Criminal Law Mock Trial Role Preparation Package; and the OJEN International Criminal Law Mock Trial Justice Sector Volunteer Package.

Check out OJEN's related resources on international law and child soldiers: 

Understanding International Law
Children's Rights Count 

Grade Level: Grade 12
Curriculum Links: 
Canadian and International Law, Grade 12, University Preparation (CLN4U)
Family Studies
Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (HSP3M)
Challenge and Change in Society, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (HSB4M)
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