Zimbabwe: Improving Legal Drafting and Argumentative Skills

RWI in Harare collaborated with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to host the National International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot Court competition which took place at the end of September.

The recurring competition provides an opportunity for students not only to study human rights and international humanitarian law but also to improve their legal drafting and advocacy skills.

In the preliminary round of the competition, future lawyers representing four academic partner institutions in Zimbabwe – Midlands State University, the Great Zimbabwe University, the University of Zimbabwe, and Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University – competed for a place in the final.

The competition lasted four days. The final round was held at the High Court of Zimbabwe, in Harare. High Court of Zimbabwe Judge President, Justice Mary Zimba-Dube, presided over the final round of the competition.

The proud winners were Midlands State University, with the University of Zimbabwe as first runner-up. The students from Midlands State University will represent Zimbabwe at the regional competitions in Arusha, Tanzania.

The National International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition is part of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Capacity Development Programme supported by Sida.

Learn more: What is mooting and why take part? 

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