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Commonwealth of Independent States: ICRC holds three humanitarian law competitions

25-05-2000 News Release 00/19

As part of its programme to promote interest in international humanitarian law in universities of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the ICRC organized the fourth DeMartens moot-court competition on humanitarian law from 13 to 18 April 2000. To involve as many students as possible, this year's competition took place, for the first time, in three capitals simultaneously: Kyiv, Moscow and Tashkent. In all, nearly 100 students representing 31 law faculties from all CIS countries took part.

Using a case study prepared by the ICRC Moscow delegation,  student  teams strove to top each other's knowledge of humanitarian law in a series of role-playing exercises relating to an imaginary armed conflict. The three winning teams came from the International Institute of Linguistics and Law in Kyiv (Ukraine), Baku State University (Azerbaijan) and the University of World Economy and Diplomacy of Tashkent (Uzbekistan).

Alongside its work on behalf of conflict victims in this region, the ICRC has since 1992 launched a series of programmes to raise awareness of humanitarian law. These are aimed at a variety of target audiences — the army, National Red Cross or Red Crescent Societies, universities, schools and the media.