In order to nurture and facilitate the journey of young legal minds into the complex realm of international humanitarian law, the 2016 national round of Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court Competition was successfully held at the Canadian University of Bangladesh from 20-22 October, 2016.
Jointly organized by the Bangladesh chapter of Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL Bangladesh) and the Canadian University of Bangladesh, a total of 23 teams from around the country participated in the competition.
After the phases of long intense mooting, University of Chittagong emerged as the champion and State University became the runners up. Psymhe Wadud from University of Dhaka bagged the Best Advocate (Best Mooter) award and Northern University won the Best Researcher award. As a team, East West University won the Best Memorial award.
A special judges bench comprised of Justice Hasan Foyez Siddiqui, honorable Justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, Professor Dr. Rafiqul Islam from Macquaire University, Australia and Brigadier General Sazzad Siddiqui (JAG, Bangladesh Army) adjudicated the Final round.
The valedictory was presided over by Mr. Chowdhury Nafees Sharafat, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Canadian University of Bangladesh and Justice Hasan Foyez Sidduiqi was present as the chief guest. Professor Dr. Borhan Uddin Khan, Chairman of Department of Law, University of Dhaka (Also the President of AsianSIL Bangladesh) and Professor Dr. James Gomes, Pro-VC of Canadian University of Bangladesh along with the other judges of the final round were also present as special guests. In their remarks, the speakers emphasized the importance of ‘learning by doing’ or practical legal education. The depth of research of the participants in the competition was praised by the judges of the final rounds, and suggestions for more improvements in the whole legal academic movement were also made.
The program ended with vote of thanks from Prof. Dr. Nazmuzzaman Bhuian, Vice President of AsianSIL Bangladesh. Unlike the previous years, the procedures for the regional round of the moot is not yet been confirmed.