This piece was written as a report for the Daily Observer
The 11th round of the Henry Dunant Moot Competition, the largest annual Mooting fest of the country came to a successful end on 10th October at Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of University of Dhaka. After three days of intense competition of legal excellence, University of Dhaka emerged as the Champion, beating Eastern University in an exciting Final round.
The event was jointly organized by the Bangladesh chapter of Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL Bangladesh) and the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC). Participated by 19 Universities from all around Bangladesh, this years’ competition has seen the smartest expression of sincere hard work, jurisprudential innovation and application of International legal principles by young Law students in a complex situation of International Humanitarian Law.
The Final round of the competition was adjudicated by Mr. Justice M A Matin, former Justice of the Appellate Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh, Justice Sayed Mohammad Dastagir Hossain , Justice of the High Court Division and Brigadier General M Sazzad Siddique, Judge Advocate General (JAG) of Bangladesh Army. In their remarks, the judges pointed out the importance of practical experiences like Mooting in legal education.
The concluding ceremony was presided over by Professor Dr. Borhan Uddin Khan, President of AsianSIL Bangladesh who expressed strong commitment to organize more independent Mooting events in Bangladesh to provide law students with opportunities. At the end of the Competition, Northern University won the Best Memorial award while South East University bagged the Best Researcher award. Masuma Dil Afroze from Eastern University was declared the Best Mooter of the competition.
Both the champion and runners up teams have qualified for the South Asian Regional Rounds of the competition, which is scheduled to be held on the first week of December at Lahore, Pakistan. As per the format of the Competition, the regional teams will fight against each other to secure their spots in the prestigious Global rounds of the Henry Dunant Moot at Hong Kong, scheduled in early 2016.
(The writer is the Organizing Secretary of Dhaka University Moot Court Society)