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In Sierra Leone, IPAM Wins Moot Court Competition on IHL
By Aruna Turay
Nov 18, 2010, 17:18

Three students of the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM), University of Sierra Leone, have emerged winners of this year’s National Mooting Competition on International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

This is an annual event organised by the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) with funding and support from the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) and the Outreach Section of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

In an interview with the Red Cross Communications Officer on Wednesday 17th November, 2010 at his Liverpool Street Office, he said the winning team will represent Sierra Leone at the forthcoming 10th Pan-African Moot Court Competition in Arusha, Tanzania in November this year. Mr. Patrick Massaquoi furthered that as usual, this year’s competition held at the Special Court for Sierra Leone targeted all the constituent colleges of the University of Sierra Leone.

Mr. Massaquoi said Moot Court Competition is an annual training event on humanitarian law and principles intended for students, and aimed at “taking law out of the books.”  At the event at Trial Chamber II of the Special Court, students were placed in an imaginary armed conflict situation; assuming the roles of prosecution and defence lawyers and dealt with allegations of violations of IHL and argued their cases before a panel of judges which included the President of the Special Court, Justice John Kamanda, two Legal Interns from the Special Court, a Legal Personnel from the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces and the Legal Advisor for the SLRCS,” he disclosed, adding that the forum is basically designed to ensure that students acquire knowledge on law while at the same time appreciating its practical relevance. 

The students are Lamin I. Bangura, Ibrahim Sanka Jalloh and Sahr Simon Borboh

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