Midlands State University (MSU) has won the Zimbabwe National International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot Court competition held at the Harare High Court.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) co-hosted the competition.
The team represented by Eunah Ndou, Leonie Jerie and Siphathisiwe Mitchel Lunga beat the University of Zimbabwe in the final of the Competition presided over by Judge President Justice Mary Zimba-Dube.
“I feel really honoured to have been given a chance to participate in this Moot. I am really happy that I was able to develop my presentation skills and I am also grateful for my teammates whom I have learnt so much from, they have helped shape the person that I am today,” said Eunah Ndou.
Head of the ICRC office in Harare, Anna Johanne, congratulated all participating teams adding that International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is at the heart of the ICRC’s work.
“The moot court is a unique way of teaching the skills and knowledge of IHL to future leaders as it takes the law out of books and into practice. The purpose of the moot court is to educate students on how IHL is used as a tool to protect people affected by armed conflict and achieve humanitarian objectives,” said Johanne.
Speaking on behalf of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute Director of Zimbabwe Programme Mikael Johansson, programmes officer Moreblessing Mbire said the competition gives an opportunity for students to improve their skills.
“The IHL Moot Court competition presents an opportunity for students to build on their confidence and improve their skills as future lawyers. The competition has proved valuable with past participants going on to be amongst the top advocates and lawyers in Zimbabwe’s legal community while others have become part-time academics teaching IHL in Zimbabwe,” said Mbire.
The preliminary round, held on 28 September 2022 saw law students from the University of Zimbabwe, Midlands State University, Great Zimbabwe University and Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University battle it out for a place in the final.
Midlands State University will now represent Zimbabwe at the All Africa IHL Moot Court Competition in Arusha, Tanzania in November 2022, going up against an average of 10 Anglophone Africa universities.