Law students from different universities around the country are attending the Second National Moot Court Competition on the law governing armed conflict, known as the International Humanitarian Law (IHL).
The competition consists of four teams each with three law students, and its format is a simulated war-crimes trial, in which the teams take turns playing the roles of both the prosecution and the defence.
The competition intends to develop an increased awareness and interest in IHL among academic circles in Rwanda.
The competing universities include the University of Rwanda, The University of Lay Adventists of Kigali, Kigali Independent University (ULK) and the University of Kigali.
The winning team will be fully sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to represent Rwanda in the All Africa IHL moot court competition to be held from 18th to 25th November 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania.
On the first day of the competition, a public lecture themed “IHL and Terrorism” shall be delivered to law students, law lecturers, law experts and practitioners, diplomats, public and military authorities.
This competition is part of a larger ICRC programme which aims to promote IHL in the country. It has been organized by the ICRC in partnership with the University Law Schools in Rwanda and the Rwanda Red Cross Society (RRCS).
The first national IHL moot court was held on 5th and 6thOctober 2016.
In the last session, ULK team emerged victorious.
The attendees of the opening ceremony taking a group photo
The United States Ambassador in Rwanda, Barks-Ruggles
Dr Bigirimana Fructuose, Dean of Faculty of law at INES-Ruhengeri and Representative of the competition's board of organisers
The Chairperson of the Rwanda Law Reform Commission; Havugiyaremye Aimable
Head of the ICRC Regional Delegation, Pascal Cuttat