Respect for human rights is one of the foundations of a functioning society and creating awareness on the grass root level is the key to successful human rights education. The Unitas Foundation with its partners provides impactful human rights education through its Model International Criminal Court (MICC) programme, encouraging students to discuss historical human rights cases in a legal setting. This happens through organising multiple-day MICC youth exchanges as well as hosting local MICC Courses. We also run trainings to educators to adopt the method in and outside of the classroom. The activities are implemented both in Estonia as well as internationally, in Estonian, English, Russian and hopefully other languages when the MICC network expands.
MICC is an active learning method developed by the Kreisau-Initiative, which takes prominent cases from the worst conflicts in the modern world and puts them into the context of the principles of international criminal law, in particular the Rome Statute. During the simulation students explore real-life incidents as prosecutors, defense lawyers and judges. The focus is on final pleadings of historic cases that were heard before international tribunals, such as the Nuremberg Tribunal, the The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR).
The MICC method is designed to raise awareness about human rights and incidents of their massive infringements in the past, but also inform about international criminal law and discuss ways in which the international community deals with grave crimes. Consequently, it fosters the rule of law and encourages civic activism. By way of collaborative learning and simulating the trials, it also furthers participants skills related to critical thinking, language, communication, teamwork, and public speaking.
The Unitas Foundation is working to bring the method to youth through its MICC Goes 2 Schools project and has been involved with organising 5-day fully-fledged MICC youth exchanges.