The Day of Crisis Competition


The Hague Academy of International Law proudly launched the “Day of Crisis”, an annually held student competition, in 2021. Over the course of 24 hours, several teams of students, representing governments, international organizations, businesses or non-governmental organizations, face a series of major international crises. Participants are required to deal with a variety of legal issues by providing an opinion, advising a client, drafting documents, negotiating or elaborating diplomatic strategies. This competition challenges students’ knowledge of public international law and a variety skills, such as collaborating in a team, drafting, negotiating and working under pressure.

The Day of Crisis competition was created at Paris Nanterre University in 2012, with the support of Simmons and Simmons international law firm. Since then, it has been successfully held every year on a variety of topics, in either Paris or London. Since 2022, the competition is organized on the premises of The Hague Academy of International Law following the same concept.

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Any university, law school or college offering a law or international relations degree may register a team of four to five members for the competition  (NB: minimum education must be at Masters level). Due to limited spots, up to ten teams will be invited to participate in the Day of Crisis at the Academy. Participation is free of charge. Teams and participants that particularly distinguish themselves during the contest will receive special certificates and prizes.

Schedule of the 2023 edition of the Day of Crisis:

  • Opening of the registration period: 14 October 2022
  • Closing of the registration period: 1 December 2022 (if a visa to enter the Netherlands is required), 14 December 2022 at midnight, The Hague Time (if no visa required)
  • Selection of the teams: first half of December 2022
  • Competition in The Hague: 3 and 4 March 2023


In 2022, the Jury of the competition included:

  • H.E. Ms. Marisol Flavia Aguero Colunga, Ambassador of Peru to the Kingdom of the Netherlands

  • H.E. Mr. Bernard Bot, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and former President of the Carnegie Foundation – Peace Palace
  • Mr. Philippe Cavalieros, Partner at Simmons & Simmons Paris
  • H.E. Mrs. Hilary Charlesworth, Judge at the International Court of Justice and Member of the Curatorium of The Hague Academy of International Law
  • H.E. Mr. Philippe Gautier, Registrar at the International Court of Justice
  • H.E. Mr. Mario Oyarzábal, Ambassador of Argentina to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the OPCW
  • Prof. Jean-Marc Thouvenin, Secretary-General of The Hague Academy of International Law
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