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Kenya: six students to represent Kenya in international humanitarian law competition

26-03-2009 News Release 62/09

Nairobi (ICRC) – Two universities will send teams of three students each to represent Kenya at this year's Jean Pictet Competition on international humanitarian law with support from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The competition will take place in Evian-les-Bains, France, between 28 March and 4 April.

This will be the first time that two teams from Kenya – from the University of Nairobi and the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) – take part in the competition. Only three African teams were selected for the event. Both teams from Kenya are sponsored by the ICRC delegation in Nairobi.

Ida Okoth, Lillian Makanga and Elizabeth Chesire will represent CUEA, while Daniel Mburu, Samuel Njoroge and Lydiah Wamucii will compete on behalf of the University of Nairobi. Both teams submitted their applications separately to the Jean Pictet panel and were accepted on the basis of their knowledge of international law.

The Jean Pictet Competition is the premier international humanitarian law competition. It brings together students representing universities and military academies from all over the world. The aim of the competition, first held in 1989, is to give graduate students the opportunity to test and improve their knowledge of international humanitarian law through case studies and role playing.

Both teams are excited and looking forward to the competition.'' We expect to do well, " said Mr Mburu. " For us, winning is incidental to doing well, so we are focusing on giving it our all.''

David Alonzo-Maizlish, a legal expert working for the ICRC in Nairobi, noted that the students are all of exceptional calibre.'' They have been working extremely hard and it is a pleasure to support them. We are honoured to have two teams representing Kenya at such a prestigious event,'' he said.

By supporting the teams, the ICRC is fulfilling one of its primary responsibilities – that of spreading knowledge of international humanitarian law, which aims to limit the suffering of victims of armed conflict by protecting those not, or no longer, taking part in hostilities, and by restricting the methods and means of warfare.

For further information, please contact:
  Anne Mucheke, ICRC Nairobi, tel: +254 20 272 3969 or +254 733 660076
  David Alonzo-Maizlish, ICRC Nairobi, tel: +254 20 272 3963 or +254 724 822058