Reference : V-P-KR-E-00003
Date : 09/10/2010
Country/Region : SOUTH KOREA
Caption : Seoul, Kyunghee University Law School. Moot court competition on international humanitarian law. Competition organized jointly by the law school, the Republic of Korea National Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Photographer : s.n.
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Seoul - Her face serious and focused, the student begins to argue her first case in a courtroom scenario. "Your honour, if it may please the court…," she says and then goes on to present a list of war crimes allegedly committed by the accused.

Before a panel of judges, sixteen students from seven universities in the Republic of Korea acted both as prosecutor and defense for a commanding officer charged with violating specific rules of international humanitarian law (IHL), such as the Geneva Conventions, in a fictional situation of armed conflict.

The first mock trial experience for many of the students, the 2nd International Humanitarian Law Moot Court competition took place on 9 October 2010 at the Kyunghee University Law School in Seoul. It was organized jointly by the law school, the Republic of Korea National Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

"We are very happy that many more students and eminent judges have taken a profound interest in the 2nd Red Cross IHL moot court competition compared to last year," said Mr. Kim Yong Hyun, Secretary General of the national Red Cross society. "We hope that the awareness of humanitarian issues and IHL can be promoted nationwide through this competition."

On this photo, during the semi-final round of competition, a member of the prosecutor team responds to a tough question from a judge.

Lessons about team spirit and confidence were two key aspects of the moot court experience for Choi Yu Jung, a member of the eventual winning team from Ewha Womans University.

"Since it was my first time in the moot court situation, it was very hard for me to speak aloud because of the non-stop questions from judges. As time went by, I was able to get used to the atmosphere," shared the 22-year-old law student from Seoul, who was later named one of the best mooters in the event. "It is very important to believe in your co-counsel in the courtroom because your partner is all you can rely on in the lonely battlefield."

The winning team, from Ewha Womans University, will participate in the Asia-Pacific regional IHL moot court competition, to be held in Hong Kong later this year.
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