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Guinea: moot-court competition in international humanitarian law

28-06-2012 News Release

Conakry (ICRC) – On 29 and 30 June the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will hold a national moot-court competition in international humanitarian law in Conakry for students from eight Guinean universities.

"The competition is a fun way of fostering students' interest in international humanitarian law," said Denise Duran, the head of the ICRC delegation in Conakry. "It could lead to more widespread teaching of the subject in Guinean universities and to greater awareness among the public of the need to comply with the rules of this body of law in armed conflicts."

This year, two universities situated in the interior of the country (Kankan and Nzérékoré) will take part in the competition for the first time, alongside six universities from the capital. Each institution will be represented by three students, one of them a woman. The final round will pit against each other the two teams that will have earned the most points in the preliminary round.

The members of this year's jury include Amadou Thidiane Kaba, former head of the bar association, Fodé Bangoura, the presiding judge of the criminal division of the court of appeal, and Gen. Siba Loholamou and Prof. Maurice Tokpa, each of whom is a former keeper of the seals.

The final round of competition and the award ceremony will take place on 30 June at the Conakry court of appeal. The event, chaired by the justice minister, will be attended by numerous high officials.

For further information, please contact:
Daphné Lucas, ICRC Conakry, tel: +224 63 40 88 94