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ICRC organizes first moot court competition in Sierra Leone

18-10-2005 News Release

The following was issued as a press release by the ICRC delegation in Freetown

" This is a good opportunity for Sierra Leone " , " This is really a great competition " , " It was so challenging " , " I hope there will be another Moot Court "

These were the comments heard during the Moot Court Competition in International Humanitarian Law that took place on Monday 10th October at the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

An imaginary humanitarian crisis in Eldorado (an imaginary country) was presented to five teams of three students drawn from Fourah Bay College and Milton Margai College of Education and Technology. The teams had to answer questions relating to IHL concerning events during this hypothetical crisis. Which crimes did the parties to the conflict commit? Were the actions prohibited by IHL? Can these actions be prosecuted before the International Criminal Court? What could the defence of the accused be?

After extensive arguments and vigorous expressions by students coupled with questions from the members of the jury, Osman Jalloh, Taylor Drucil and Gerald C. D. Cole, students from the Law Department of Fourah Bay College emerged as the winning team. Gerald C. D. Cole received the award for the best speaker.

The winning team is presently undergoing a series of standard training sessions to meet the high requirements of the international stage of the competition in Arusha, Tanzania from the 12 – 20th November 2005.

In collaboration with the Special Court for Sierra Leone, this First Moot Court Competition was organised by the ICRC within the framework of its mandate to support the efforts of States in disseminating International Humanitarian Law.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Patrick Massaquoi, ICRC Freetown, tel. ++232 76 632 753  

 Philippe Stoll, ICRC Freetown, tel. ++232 76 821 506