Nicaragua: Facilitating Experiential Learning

From April 17 to 21, 2017, NCSC facilitated the National Mock Trial Competition at the Universidad Central de Nicaragua in Managua. The competition included contestants from six law schools, with participants being divided into teams for the prosecution and defense. The teams debated a hypothetical case (“Los Ninos No Son Delinquentes”), which dealt with relevant national legislation and international treaties focused on translational crimes and juvenile justice. A total of 15 national and international legal professionals served as pro bono judges in the competition.

The finalists were the Universidad del Norte de Nicaragua (prosecution) and the Universidad Popular de Nicaragua (defense), with the Universidad del Norte de Nicaragua ultimately winning the competition. The award ceremony was attended by U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua, Ms. Laura F. Dogu, who awarded prizes to both finalists.

The Mock Trial Competition was hosted as part of the Program to Strengthen Rule of Law in Nicaragua, funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. The Program is designed to mobilize future legal professionals, the private sector, and civil society to advance justice sector reform and the Rule of Law in Nicaragua.