Brunei: IHL workshop opens new doors for participants

Brunei: IHL workshop opens new doors for participants

Article 03 September 2019 Brunei Darussalam Malaysia

Intense discussions, pertinent questions and insightful comments marked the workshop on international humanitarian law (IHL) that was jointly organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University (or Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali, UNISSA) Brunei. The event was held at the university's Faculty of Shariah and Law on 31 July with 100 participants, including government officials, representatives of NGOs and students of the Faculty of Shariah and Law, attending.

Legal advisers of the ICRC Amirah Hamidon (left) and Shaun Kang explain the basic principles of humanitarian law to participants at the workshop.
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The workshop focused on helping participants gain a better understanding of the ICRC and humanitarian law through theory sessions led by experts as well as simulated negotiation exercises. Participants took on the role of ICRC delegates and were challenged with the task of upholding the principles of independence, impartiality and neutrality in the face of adverse situations. Following the workshop, a preparatory session was also organized for those participating in the IHL role-play and moot court competition that will be held on 9 and 10 September.

"The workshop was excellent as it introduced us to humanitarian law, which we never had the opportunity to explore till now."

Sheikh Ahmad Waez bin Hj Sheikh Aubid, secretary-general of Asian Law Student Association, Brunei.

"We don't have humanitarian law as part of our syllabus so it was very useful to hear about it from the ICRC experts. It has widened our knowledge and opened up a new area of interest."

Muhammad Zainul Akhyaar bin Haji Ameer Hairuddin, president of Shariah Law Society, UNISSA