Moot Court Training & Competitions

Moot Court Competition 2019

International International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot Competition
6-9 March 2019, Hong Kong, China

The 17th Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot, an inter-university competition for Asia-Pacific, was held from 6-9 March in Hong Kong. This year, RULE students, Ms. Benghong Siela Bossba, Ms. Soksambath Pichny and Mr. Koy Rattanakborin, were selected as representatives of Cambodia to join the annual competition. Since its establishment, the moot court competition has been a diverse platform to raise awareness and stimulate meaningful discussion of international humanitarian law among law students across the region. Without the support of the ICRC office in Cambodia, we would not be able to fulfill this mission and we would like to thank the ICRC in this regard.

 

 

Moot Court Competition 2018

International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition, School Round
20 October 2018, RULE, Cambodia 

As part of the ELBBL moot court competition program, the Center hosted the school round of the 10th Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition on Saturday 20 October 2018. A total of 14 teams, 7 Prosecutor teams and 7 Defence teams, after being trained for months on their memorial writing and oral pleadings skills, have completed their oral pleadings before the bench of judges with great success. We are proud of them and looking forward to their future achievements in the national round of the competition on December 1-2, 2018.

 

 

 

 

Nuremberg Moot Court Competition
July 2018, Nuremberg

Under the supervision one of the Center's researcher, Cambodian team advanced to the last 16 teams round in the Nuremberg Moot Court Competition.

 

 

 

 

The 10th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition

15-20 July 2018, Geneva, Switzerland

Ngouv Muy Seo, the Center's Researcher as well as Law Lecturer at ELBBL has led three students to compete the World Human Rights Moot Court Competition in Geneva, from 15 to 20 July 2018.

 

 

 

 

15th Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot, International Round

March 2017, Hong Kong

Having won the National Champion of the 15th IHL Moot in December 2016, three law students, two mooters and one researcher, from RULE represented Cambodia to compete in the international round in mid-March 2017 in Hong Kong. These students were closely supervised and coached by the Center’s Researcher, fully funded by ICRC, in preparing for the legal memoranda and pleading practice. The rest of the Center’s Researchers and Staff also provided considerable assistance to the moot team in practicing their oral pleading by sitting as judges and putting critical questions to help shape and sharpen their arguments. The IHL coach also sought volunteer support from legal professionals working at the ECCC to help the IHL team practice pleadings with different kinds of judges and questions. As a result, the Cambodia IHL team won a Vietnamese team from Diplomatic Academy and was ranked 9th out of the 24 teams from the Asia-Pacific region, competing in the international round.

The ICRC financially supported travel and accommodation expenses for the two students and the IHL coach to go to Hong Kong. Through RWI funding, the Center also covered visa fee and a round-trip air ticket for the student researcher in the IHL team. More importantly, RWI provided overall support to the IHL moot court program through the salary of the Center’s staff who collectively supported the IHL Coach and team with necessary coordination, supervision, and administration.

 

 

 

 

16th Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot, National Round

16-17 December 2017, PUC, Cambodia

From August to December 2017, the IHL Coach continued to conduct an intensive IHL training course for about 40 ELBBL students divided into 20 teams in order to prepare for the IHL Moot Court Competition in school round and national round. The training also included how to write legal memorandums and conduct oral pleadings for both applicant and respondent arguments.

This year PUC assisted the ICRC, the competition organizer, in hosting the national round on 16-17 December, with 4 teams from PUC and 6 team from RULE contesting for the National Champion to qualify further for the international round in March 2018 in Hong Kong. Approximately 10 international and national legal professionals from different organizations and academic institutions judged the two-days national round. As a result, RULE teams were awarded the National Champion, First Runner-up, Second Runner-up, Best Oralist and Best memorial of both Prosecution and Defence.

 

 

 

 

The 9th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition

17-21 July 2017, Geneva, Switzerland

One of the Center’s Researchers designs and oversees the moot training program for law students who are interested in this competition. In December 2016, three law students were selected, through a competitive process, to participate in this moot training. For seven months, as a team, they went through intensive trainings, coached by the Center’s Researcher also referred as the IHRL Coach, on legal memorials writing and oral pleadings. They were required to submit two legal memorials for both Applicant and Respondent. The team qualified and was invited by the Competition Committee to plead their case in the international round of the 9th World Human Rights Moot on 17th – 21st July 2017 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Aside from the moot competition, there were side events where the IHRL Coach and the students had the opportunity to listen to keynote speeches of a number of prominent international human rights academic and activists such as Albie Sachs. This was the first time Cambodia had sent a team to compete in this global human rights competition.