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Bangladesh: law students battle it out in the moot court

12-09-2012 News Release 12/184

Dhaka (ICRC) – The national round of the eighth Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court Competition on international humanitarian law will take place at the Senate Bhaban of the University of Dhaka from 13 to 15 September.

Twenty teams of law students from all over the country will take part in the competition, which will be jointly organized by the law faculty of the University of Dhaka and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Rumana Binte Masud, the ICRC's legal officer in Dhaka, says that the competition serves as a platform for law students to enhance their advocacy and rhetoric skills in a friendly environment. "Since its inception in 2001, the competition has sought to raise awareness of and foster interest in international humanitarian law within the South Asian academic community."

The winning team in the national round will qualify for the regional round of the competition, to be held on 12 and 13 October in Bangladesh, where it will lock horns with budding lawyers from Afghanistan, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The regional winner will take part in the Asia-Pacific round in Hong Kong in early 2013.

For further information, please contact:
Wolde-Gabriel Saugeron, ICRC Dhaka, tel: +88 0171 413 3858
Onchita Shadman, ICRC Dhaka, tel: +88 0175 562 1456