International Committee of the Red Cross

Moot court contributes to emergence of IHL community in Ethiopia

Photo gallery 30 May 2018

"International Humanitarian Law (IHL) learning has shown a remarkable improvement in Ethiopia since the beginning of the annual moot court competition at national level that as it gives wider opportunity for many universities to take part," says Enguday Meskele, an IHL Lecturer at the Wolaita Sodo University. She made the remark at the conclusion of the 3rd National IHL Moot Court Competition, which was organized by the ICRC in partnership with Hawassa University (HU).

Following a review of written submissions by 19 universities consisting of 57 students, the top eight teams made it to the oral rounds that was held from 17 to 19 May 2018 at HU. After the quarter and semifinals, Hawassa and Haramaya universities competed in the final on 19 May taking the role of prosecution and defense, respectively. A panel of five judges judged the final, and the team from HU emerged as the winner. Dirara Ansha of Hawassa University was named the best oralist.

The winning team will participate in the All Africa IHL Moot Court Competition to take place in Arusha, Tanzania, in November 2018. As part of its mandate to spread knowledge of IHL, the ICRC in Ethiopia promotes the law through education, training and moot court competition involving a wide range of groups and individuals, including legal professionals, law students, instructors, decision and policy makers and armed forces.