On the 9th of December 2020, the National round of the ICRC International Humanitarian Law Moot Court competition took place at the FLP with the support of the University of Luxembourg. This year was quite special as the judges decided on the winner partly virtually through Zoom.
Six teams composed of two mooters competed in English acting in turn as the Defence and the Prosecution pleading a fictitious case before the International Criminal Court. Judges included Mr. Sippakorn Chongchuwanich (ICRC Legal Advisor) online, and Ms. Sophia Cason from the ASIA FOUNDATION (Chief of Party, Laos Legal Aid Support Program) and Dr. Boulaphiane Sisouk (lecturer at FLP), physically present.
The teams have been trained during November and December by the University of Luxembourg with Dr. Perrine Simon and Dr. Lawrence Siry both face-to-face and virtually.
This Moot court organised by the ICRC is a great way to stimulate legal thinking, by acquiring a specific method of reasoning and learning how to develop arguments appropriately. Students also have improved their presentation skills, debating skills and English!
Congratulations to all teams and special congrats to the winning team Ms. Noutthida MISOUPHANH and Ms. Daopakay SOUVANNALATH, which will participate to the International Round in March 2021!