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Zimbabwe: two universities in final round of national moot court competition

12-10-2012 News Release 12/204

Harare (ICRC) – The University of Zimbabwe will launch its defence of the Zimbabwe national international humanitarian law moot court title in a contest with Midlands State University on 12 October at the High Court of Zimbabwe in Harare. The winner will represent Zimbabwe in the upcoming all-Africa international humanitarian law moot court competition in Tanzania.

The annual competition requires students to apply the principles of international humanitarian law in a fictional court setup. At this year's event, students will simulate the roles of the prosecution and defence in the case of an army colonel charged with committing crimes in a war with a neighbouring country.

"This year's competition promises to be exciting as students will engage in an intense battle of wits to show their understanding of the law," said Pascal Cuttat, head of the regional delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Harare. "The competition is our way of promoting international humanitarian law. The students will show that the law of war has a real and practical impact."

The panel of judges headed by High Court Judge President George Chiweshe will include the Judge Advocate General of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Brigadier-General Charles Tarumbwa, and an ICRC academic adviser, Professor Garth Abraham from South Africa.

International humanitarian law is a set of rules that seek, for humanitarian reasons, to limit the effects of armed conflict. It protects persons who are not, or no longer, participating in hostilities and restricts certain means and methods of warfare.

The ICRC supports the teaching of and research into international humanitarian law all over the world. It also works with universities to ensure that today’s students will know, apply and promote the rules of this body of law when they reach key positions tomorrow. The ICRC has been sponsoring the Zimbabwe national international humanitarian law moot court competition since 2006.

For further information, please contact:
Tendayi Sengwe, ICRC Harare, tel: +263 772 240960