"Most law students are now interested to study and know more about International Humanitarian Law (IHL), a tendency which was nonexistent some five years ago," said Enguday Meskele, an IHL lecturer at the Wolaita Sodo University.
She went on to say, "This is because of the organization of mainly national IHL moot court competitions every year and other relevant forums enabling to attract more academicians in the field. If it were not for the ICRC, IHL wouldn't have reached at this level."
Enguday made the remarks at the conclusion of the 4th National IHL Moot Court Competition, which was organized by the ICRC in partnership with Wollo University (WU).
After a review of written submissions by 17 universities' teams comprising 51 students, the top eight teams passed to the oral rounds that were held from 16 to 18 May at WU. Following the conduct of the quarter and semi finals Addis Ababa and Haromaya universities competed in the final on 18 May, taking the role of prosecution and defense respectively.
A panel of five judges sat to adjudicate the final round, and the team from Addis Ababa University emerged as the winner. Atran Tadesse from the same university and Mekdelawit Abiy from Hawassa University were named the best oralists during the competition.
The winning team will participate in the All Africa IHL Moot Court Competition to take place in Arusha, Tanzania, in November 2019.
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, academicians, decision makers members of the police and armed forces.