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Indonesia: Yogyakarta students win moot court competition

16-11-2010 News Release 10/208

Jakarta (ICRC) – Gadjah Mada University of Yogyakarta has won the Indonesian national round of the Asia-Pacific inter-university international humanitarian law moot court competition. The competition took place in the Indonesian capital on 13 and 14 November under the auspices of the Indonesian Society of International Law and the ICRC.

"This moot court competition is an exercise, of course. But it promotes in-depth discussion among students of the proper interpretation and application of a body of law that is vital for millions of people adversely affected by armed violence all over the world," said Vincent Nicod, who heads the delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Jakarta.

Sixteen universities from all over Indonesia competed, with Gadjah Mada University defeating the University of Indonesia in the final. Pelita Harapan University and Padjajaran University took the third and fourth places, respectively.

Gadjah Mada University will represent Indonesia at the Asia-Pacific inter-university competition, to be held in March 2011 in Hong Kong, where it will face the best teams from such countries as Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.

In accordance with the mandate conferred on it by the international community, the ICRC strives to raise awareness of and promote compliance with international humanitarian law. Moot court competitions, which familiarize law students with this body of law, are among the many initiatives undertaken with this aim.

For further information, please contact:
Patrick Mégevand, ICRC Jakarta, tel: +62 21 739 67 56 or +62 811 98 25 49
Philippe Stoll, ICRC Geneva, +41 22 730 31 40 or +41 79 536 92 49


A representative of Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia faces a panel of judges during the national moot court competition. 

A representative of Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia faces a panel of judges during the national moot court competition.
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The team that won the national moot court competition in Indonesia poses for a photo with the panel of judges. From left to right: Fork Yow Leong (judge, ICRC), Utama Yudhistira (researcher, UGM), Fajri Matahati Muhammadin (second oralist, UGM), H. Jaka Triana (coach, UGM), Rina Rusman (judge, ICRC), Agung Yudhawiranata (judge), Jane Aileen Tedjaseputra (2010 National Administrator) and Peter Fanning (presiding judge).
© ICRC / G. B. Nomer