School of Law students compete in France
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The CityU team put substantial time and effort into preparing the various application materials required by the Competition’s organizers, including essay answers to questions on international humanitarian law. The team was advised by the SLW’s Associate Professor Dr Stephen Hall and Visiting Assistant Professor Ms Dinusha Panditaratne. Although the CityU team did not reach the finals, they received some personal commendations from judges for their good performance during several stages of the competition.
A tremendous experience
“The competition was a tremendous experience for the students, where they were able to apply their knowledge of public international law and international humanitarian law and to learn from fellow competitors and judges,” Ms Panditaratne said. “The program was far more intense than most mooting and other law competitions.” The teams, including theUniversity of Cambridge, New York University and the Graduate Institute of International Studies in
“The Jean-Pictet Competition was definitely an experience of a lifetime. It dramatically increased my awareness of international humanitarian issues, and reminded me that beyond the safe and luxurious society of Hong Kong which we take for granted, there is another world where real persons are facing atrocities unimaginable to us,” Yvonne commented enthusiastically. “The competitive yet friendly spirit of the competition also made the experience unforgettable.”
Promoting knowledge of International Humanitarian Law
The Jean-Pictet Competition is held annually to promote knowledge of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), which is the law that regulates parties in war, or armed conflict. The Competition includes an English-speaking session and a French-speaking session and is held in a different location in either