Liberia: IHL Moot Court competition concludes in Freetown

A four-man delegation from the Louise Arthur Grimes Law School of the University of Liberia and the ICRC have returned from the 3rd National Moot Court competition in international humanitarian law (IHL) held in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The following was issued as a press release by the ICRC delegation in Monrovia on 30 April 2007

Representatives of the one-week competition include Cllr. David A.B. Jallah and Jonathan Williams, Dean and Professor of the Louis Arthur Grimes Law School and ICRC communication delegate and assistant, Zelkifli Rahman Ngoufonja and Varney Bawn.

The trip aims at encouraging authorities of the law school to develop interest in IHL thereby teaching and including it in the university curricula.

The spreading of knowledge about IHL to authorities, armed forces, police, other armed groups and civil society institutions is one of the mandates states party to the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols bestowed on the ICRC.

The moot court competition increases the familiarity of law students with IHL as well as exposing other university students to IHL. Students who take part in these contests are given fictitious cases to work on and must present their arguments in competition with other teams during mock trials.

This year's competition brought together six teams, one from Fourah Bay University, Njala University, Milton Margai University, Northern Polytechnic, Eastern Polytechnic, and the International Institute of Islamic Studies.

The two finalists of the competition, Fourah Bay and Milton Margai Universities engaged each other in the Trial Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone where Sulaiman Bah, State Counsel, Cosmotina Jarret, legal adviser, Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, Lt. Col. I.M. Koroma, legal adviser, Ministry of Defence, served as a prestigious panel of judges presided by Justice George Gelaga King, president, Special Court for Sierra Leone.

We wish this year's winner, Fourah Bay University, good luck, as they will represent Sierra Leone at the African IHL Moot Court competition in Arusha, Tanzania towards the end of the year.

For further information, please contact: Zelkifli Rahman Ngoufonja, ICRC Monrovia, tel. +231 6 528 089