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Sierra Leone team set for ICRC's pan-African law contest

22-11-2006 News Release

Three students from the communication department of Fourah Bay College, Freetown, will represent Sierra Leone in this year's pan-African moot court competition in international humanitarian law (IHL), to be held in Arusha, Tanzania, from 25 November – 2 December 2006.

 This press release was issued by the ICRC delegation in Freetown on 21.11.2006  

The competition is an annual event organised under the auspices of the ICRC, bringing together teams of students from different countries in Africa. This is the second time Sierra Leone will participate in this international competition, highlighting the enthusiasm of students and lecturers in the universities and colleges of Sierra Leone in this field of public international law.

Nelson Fofanah, Abdul Karim Koroma and Abdul Rahman Kamara will be tested on their knowledge and understanding of IHL through a series of scenarios in a mock conflict situation unfolding in the fictional continent of Minara. If the team do well, the three students will end up in the final where they will have to pit their legal expertise against the other finalist team in front of a jury of IHL experts in a real court setting.

The team beat four other Sierra Leonean finalist teams representing universities country-wide to emerge as winners of the 2nd national moot court competition in IHL, organised by ICRC Sierra Leone and held at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in August of this year. Since then, they have undergone a series of training sessions on relevant topics from experts at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces and the ICRC.