The Islamic Forum for International Humanitarian Law (IFIHL), an affiliate of the Islamic Committee of the International Crescent (ICIC), has held its fourth Abubakar Mayanja IHL & Islam Moot Court Competition for law students in Uganda.
The Doha-based IFIHL is located at the premises of the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS).
Under the theme ‘Advocacy for Humanitarian Protection through IHL and Islam’, the two-day event was held at the Females’ Campus Kabojja (Kampala), the Faculty of Law, Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU). It was attended by 24 students from three law faculties in Mbale, Kampala and Kabojja.
The IFIHL was represented by Dr Fawzi Oussedik, chairman; Prof Mohamed H Elasbali, director; and Zahra Lafi, executive secretary.
IUIU’s academic panellists included dean of the Faculty of Islamic Studies – Mbale, dean of the Females’ Campus Kabojja and dean of the Faculty of Law – Females’ Campus.
This year, the legal proceedings addressed the crimes of genocide, forced disappearance, abduction, rape, sabotage, well poisoning and environmental damage in times of armed conflict.
The competition was won by the Mbale team, who were honoured by the jury and supervisors.
The participants commended the support for students by QRCS, the society said in a statement.
Dr Mohamed bin Ghanem al-Ali al-Maadheed, president, QRCS, pledged a financial contribution to cover the tuition fees of some female law students of IUIU.
A meeting was also held to discuss further co-operation between IFIHL and IUIU.
Preparations are in progress to launch a diploma in international affairs and humanitarian diplomacy.
Dr Oussedik promised to approach donors in order to provide the court’s venue with conference room furniture and equipment.
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