Under the framework of the Inter-University Project Laos-Luxembourg, the University of Luxembourg has been supporting students’ training in the ICRC IHL Moot Court Competition since 2016.
This year, because of the COVID-19 restrictions in place, the intensive Moot training was organised online via Zoom from the 22nd through 26th of November. Dr. Lawrence Siry, who has been involved in the moot training for the past three years, gave a one-week intensive training with a group of 10-12 FLP students. This is to prepare the students for the Lao National Round of ICRC IHL Moot competing on the 10th of December. The training focused on teaching students how to do a convincing pleading and critically present arguments. Students also learned more deeply about International humanitarian law and International criminal law, as well as its application to the Moot problem of this year.
Moot court competitions as an extra-curricular activity not only encourage “problem-based learning” but also promote practice-relevant teaching. By participating in moot court, students get to develop legal and debating skills along with their English skills!