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Baker McKenzie is delighted to congratulate Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, for winning the 2021 International Children's Rights Moot Court. 

The International Children's Rights Moot Court is a biannual multi-day international competition for law students with a keen interest in international children's rights. Third-year bachelor and/or master students in law from all countries are eligible. The event provides participating teams with a challenging opportunity to train the skills they need to qualify themselves for an international legal career. In addition, it raises awareness among students about the significance of international children's rights and adds to their knowledge about this complex area of law; an area which intersects with other legal fields and relates to many societal challenges affecting children and their families across the globe.

Usually an in-person competition in the Netherlands, it was held as a virtual event this year, resulting in the unprecedented participation of over 80 student teams from over 20 countries across the globe, who argued the rights of children who grow up living in camps located in war zones.

Baker McKenzie's Global Chair Milton Cheng participated throughout the fourth edition of the Children's Rights Moot Court. Commenting on the competition, he said, "It's been an honor to have over 400 of our lawyers and professionals involved in this prestigious competition. I have been blown away by the talent, eloquence, and incredibly well constructed arguments presented by the student teams throughout the different rounds. As the next generation of lawyers, I hope that the International Children's Rights Moot Court has helped to enhance an understanding of this important area of human rights and grow a love of serving in whatever way they will as lawyers someday soon. I also hope that together we can continue to grow this competition into a global phenomenon."

Angela Vigil, Baker McKenzie's Partner and Executive Director of Pro Bono Practice added, "We were honored to be invited by Leiden to present this competition and take this journey together. Pro bono is part of our Firm's DNA. And it is our partnerships with external organizations in our pro bono work that ensures that our global law firm can have a positive and lasting impact on critical global issues, such as children's rights."

UNICEF Chair in Children's Rights at Leiden University Ton Liefaard also commented, "In Baker McKenzie, we have found a partner which shares our commitment to international children's rights as a field of human rights law. This partnership enables us to further develop this unique global student competition that not only contributes to students' capacities to engage with complex children's rights issues, but also raises awareness around the importance of law when it comes to the protection of children."

All winners are as follows:

Best Memorial (Applicant): Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and consists of the following team members: Yuliia Rudenko, Mariia Kotsiurba, Mark Goncharov and Anastasiia Liulina

Best Memorial (Respondent): West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences and consists of the following students: Shrijaya Singh, Mahima Chhabrani, Subhajit Lodh Chowdhury and Rudra Athray

Best Team Oralist (Applicant):  University of Manchester. The team members of this team are: Calla Lily Yingzi Huang, Alexandra Andrei and Shihui (Judy) Zhu.

Best Team Oralist (Respondent): Universidad de los Andes. The team members of this team are: Martin Portillo, Ana Vives, Gilbert Fajardo and María Mojica.

Best Individual Oralist Overall: María Mojica (Universidad de los Andes)

Winner of the Children’s Rights Moot Court Competition 2021: 
Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, team no 73. The team members of this team are: Martin Portillo, Ana Vives, Gilbert Fajardo and María Mojica

Finalist/Runner - Up of the Children’s Rights Moot Court Competition 2021: 
West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, team no. 52, consisting of the following students: Shrijaya Singh, Mahima Chhabrani, Subhajit Lodh Chowdhury and Rudra Athray 

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