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Young mooters show their maturity

Hong Kong, 20 March 2023: Colin Cohen has praised the high standard of participating teams in the annual Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot following four days of intense competition at various venues in Hong Kong.

A total of 24 universities and law schools from across Asia-Pacific argued a fictional case concerning alleged war crimes in simulated trials heard before the International Criminal Court.

“As we have come to expect from this exceptional competition, the students displayed great maturity and understanding of international law in presenting their arguments. Clearly, many of them are destined for outstanding careers in the legal profession,” says Colin, Senior Partner in Boase Cohen & Collins and one of more than 60 judges who presided over the hearings.

Madam Justice Carlye Chu, Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of the High Court, was invited to serve as Chief Judge of the final round, where the University of Adelaide emerged as winners over the University of Auckland. Annalise Delic from the victorious team was adjudged Best Mooter of the Final Round. The competition returned as a live event after being held online for three years during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Organising Committee Chairman Ambrose Ho SC, speaking at the awards presentation, commented: “Participants in this competition will hopefully be empowered, equipped, and encouraged to keep a close eye on pressing humanitarian issues around the world. One day we will see you as strong advocates of humanitarian values, to protect vulnerable people and underserved communities such as the victims of armed conflict.”

Main image: Madam Justice Carlye Chu presents the winners’ trophy and certificate to University of Adelaide duo Annalise Delic (centre) and Madeleine McNeil.

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