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Universitas Indonesia wins in The 7th Red Cross International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot Competition

(Hong Kong.7 March 2009) The final round competition and prize presentation ceremony of the 7th Red Cross International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot was successfully held today at the High Court building in Hong Kong. After the two-day mooting competition, Universitas Indonesia received the award of winning team. Danielle Sigfreid CORPUZ from the University of the Philippines, Philippines, wins the Best Mooter while Gujarat National Law University wins the Best Memorial among the 16 participating universities in the Asia-Pacific region. Details of the list of award recipients as follows:



Winning Team

Universitas Indonesia
(Student representatives: Tracy TANIA, Katrina MARCELLINA)

Runner-up Team

Gujarat National Law University
(Student representatives: Debdatta DOBE, Rohini SEN)

Best Mooter

Danielle Sigfreid CORPUZ (University of the Philippines)

Best Memorial

Gujarat National Law University

Mr Russell Coleman, SC, Chairman, The Bar Council, Hong Kong Bar Association, officiated the prize presentation ceremony. Sir T L Yang, Former Chief Justice cum Chairman of the Hong Kong Red Cross, and the judge of the Competition, The Hon Mr Justice Patrick Chan, Permanent Judge, Court of Final Appeal, HKSAR, as well as law professionals in Hong Kong also attended the ceremony.
IHL Seminar
Apart from the Competition, an IHL seminar was also especially organized on 5 March 2009 at The University of Hong Kong with the topic associating with the 60th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions aiming at to further enlighten the understanding and application of IHL among law students in the Asia-Pacific region through the sharing of our distinguished speakers. The distinguished guest speakers including Professor Timothy McCormack from The University of Melbourne, Ms Michelle Staggs Kelsall, Deputy Director of Asia International Justice Initiative (AIJI) from East West Centre, and Mr Richard Desgagné, Regional Legal Adviser for East and South East Asia from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are invited. Notable scholars were invited as commentators to the sharing of all speakers. Topics being presented were: 1. Future Prospects for the International Criminal Court; 2. The ‘Lost Executioner’ on Trial: Some Reflections on the ‘Duch’ case at the Khmer Rough Tribunal; 3. Ensuring respect of IHL: Domestic implementation of IHL in East & South East Asia.

List of Participating Delegations (in alphabetical order)

  • Advance Tertiary College, School of Law
  • Beijing Normal University, Law School
  • China University of Political Science and Law, Faculty of International Law
  • Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Law
  • City University of Hong Kong, School of law
  • Ewha Womans University, College of Law
  • Gujarat National Law University
  • National Taiwan University, College of Law
  • National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law
  • The University of Adelaide, School of law
  • The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law
  • The University of Tokyo
  • Universitas Indonesia, Fakultas Hukum (Faculty of Law)
  • University of the Philippines, College of Law
  • Xiamen University, School of Law

About IHL Moot Competition
This IHL Moot Competition is co-organized by the Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in collaboration with the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong, the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong and the Faculty of Law of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. It is the first and unique IHL moot competition in the Asia-Pacific region aims to raise awareness of international humanitarian issues among law students through examination and debate of wider social issues rather than black letter law. Each participating university was assigned at random to the role of the applicant or the respondent for a fictitious court case which was based on real-life facts. Participating law students debated whether certain acts violated the Law of War and whether the commander of the concerned armed forces should have criminal responsibility for the violating acts.

International Humanitarian Law
The HKRC is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement that endeavours to prevent human suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles. The Geneva Conventions are the bedrock of IHL and the cornerstone of the Movement. IHL is the body of rules which, in wartime, protects people who are not or are no longer participating in the armed conflict. The four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their two Additional Protocols of 1977 are the principal instruments of humanitarian law and are endorsed by nearly every nation in the world.

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