Republic of Korea: Handong Global University wins the championship at the 15th IHL Moot Court Competition
More than 20 undergraduate and graduate students from five Korean universities advanced to the general rounds and engaged in debates around a hypothetical IHL case under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. The case addressed complex issues related to the accountability of commanders and individuals for war crimes in a fictional setting.
In the final rounds of intense legal arguments, Handong Global University's International Law School team emerged as the champions, narrowly defeating Yonsei University. Handong Global University will now represent Korea in the 22nd Asia-Pacific IHL Moot Court Competition to be held in Hong Kong in 2024.
The competition offered students the opportunity to delve into the complexities of IHL and its practical implementation. Seong Min Kim, a member of Handong Global University's winning team, expressed gratitude for the chance to participate in the competition and encouraged support for IHL. The moot court competition is an important tool for raising awareness of the relevance and applicability of humanitarian law.
The panel of judges for the competition represented a broad spectrum of those associated with the ICRC, including IHL academics, government officials and military personnel. Notably, the Director of the Treaties Division within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs attended the competition for the first time and encouraged participants to continue pursuing international law.
Marwa Shabbar, regional legal adviser of the ICRC's regional delegation for East Asia, emphasized the significance of the competition in promoting the principles of international humanitarian law and its relevance in the evolving global context.