17TH HENERY DUNANT MOOT COURT COMPETITION 2017, By Renu Bala, Geeta Institute Of Law, Haryana

I have participated in the 17th Henery Dunant Moot Court Competition 2017. It was my first moot on International level. The competition was organised by ISIL and  ICRC at Delhi on 21st to 24th sep, 2017 . This moot court was related to the International Criminal Law. The moot problem was based upon  crime against humanity and war crime under article 7 & 8 of Rome Statute respectively.

The team comprises of myself as 1st speaker, Nikita Kaushik as 2nd speaker and Sagar Kaushik as researcher. For the preparation we first of all starting by reading moot problem and critically analyze and interpreting factual issues. The best way to do this is to keep writing the interpretation of each fact for both the appellate and respondent side simultaneously, as in moot court teams argue for both the sides of the case. But it make us crazy in representing the case because the issues and points always conflicting each other. For the material we searched a lot, we searched on the ISIL website where there is lots of information related to the international law. Beside this our moot court teacher helps us a lot for the preparation of moot court and we also practised ourselves before the competition.

When the day for the competition came, around 70 teams arrived from various universities. On 21st Sep in the evening there was inogration and draw of lots and memorial exchange. Next day there were preliminary rounds in which teams got the opportunity to present their case from both the sides, appellate as well as respondent. As teams were more in numbers so the premelinary rounds continued till the next day afternoon. After that result was announced for the preliminary rounds. After the result there was Quarter final and the next day semi-finals and final. In the final round teams had to argue from both side of the case.

Teams were provided free accomodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner for the four days and re-embassement for their travel charges and also there was no registration fees. From this competition I learned many things that how to make a brief case, write an English memorial, defend a case, and I also got to know more about myself. Most of all, I realized that the more efforts I put on the work, the more gains I will get from it.






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