CWRU and Red Cross to Host Pictet Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition

First time event to be held in the United States



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Red Cross Greater Cleveland Chapter

    CLEVELAND, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- For eight days in April, students from
 17 countries, along with a group of distinguished jurists from around the
 world, will gather at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) to take part in
 the Jean-Pictet International Humanitarian Law Moot Court competition.  The
 session at CWRU, to be held April 7-14, marks the first time the competition
 has taken place in the United States since it began in 1989 in France.  The
 American Red Cross and its Greater Cleveland Chapter are co-hosting with CWRU.
 The event is named for Jean Simon Pictet, a Swiss attorney who was a leader of
 the International Red Cross and an architect of the Geneva Conventions, a
 series of international treaties designed to protect victims of war and armed
 conflicts.
     "The American Red Cross is pleased to join Case Western Reserve University
 in hosting this prestigious competition," stated Mary-Alice Frank, CEO of the
 Greater Cleveland Chapter.  "As part of an international network that serves
 as the 'guardian' of the Geneva Conventions, the American Red Cross works to
 educate the public about international humanitarian law.  The Pictet
 competition offers an excellent opportunity to create greater awareness and
 ultimately save lives and reduce suffering worldwide."
     The Pictet competition will consist of two sessions, one in Laprugne,
 France, and one at CWRU.  At CWRU, 22 teams of students, representing
 fictional countries, will be presented with news of violent situations such as
 civil wars or riots in fictional countries. The teams must decide which
 international laws best apply to the situations and subsequently develop their
 cases around those provisions. Through a series of workshops, presentations,
 and mock United Nations assemblies held during the week, the teams will be
 narrowed to four.  The four teams will make final presentations to a jury on
 Saturday, April 14, the last day of the competition.  The final presentation
 will be open to the public.  The two winning teams will join the two winning
 teams from France to compete in the Pictet finals, held in August in Geneva,
 Switzerland.
     David Auston, president of CWRU will serve on the jury judging the final
 presentations along with:
 
     * Richard Goldstone, chairman of the Independent International Commission
       on Kosovo and former chair of the South Africa Commission of Inquiry
       Regarding Public Violence and Intimidation
     * Michael H. Hoffman, director of International Humanitarian Law and
       Policy for the American Red Cross
     * Michael Davis, professor of law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
     * Michael Scharf, professor of law and director of the Center for
       International Law and Policy at the New England School of Law, and
       former counsel to the counter-terrorism bureau of the U.S. Department of
       State
     * Gerald Korngold, dean and McCurdy professor at the CWRU School of Law;
       and
     * Hiram Chodosh, professor of international law and director of the
       Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at CWRU.
     * Lt. Commander Gregory Noones, U.S. Navy & Department of Defense
     * Henry Thomas King Jr., professor at the CWRU School of Law
 
     Teams that have applied to participate so far are from Argentina, Belarus,
 Belgium, Canada, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, the Netherlands,
 Pakistan, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United States,
 and the United Kingdom.
 
 

SOURCE American Red Cross Greater Cleveland Chapter
    CLEVELAND, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- For eight days in April, students from
 17 countries, along with a group of distinguished jurists from around the
 world, will gather at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) to take part in
 the Jean-Pictet International Humanitarian Law Moot Court competition.  The
 session at CWRU, to be held April 7-14, marks the first time the competition
 has taken place in the United States since it began in 1989 in France.  The
 American Red Cross and its Greater Cleveland Chapter are co-hosting with CWRU.
 The event is named for Jean Simon Pictet, a Swiss attorney who was a leader of
 the International Red Cross and an architect of the Geneva Conventions, a
 series of international treaties designed to protect victims of war and armed
 conflicts.
     "The American Red Cross is pleased to join Case Western Reserve University
 in hosting this prestigious competition," stated Mary-Alice Frank, CEO of the
 Greater Cleveland Chapter.  "As part of an international network that serves
 as the 'guardian' of the Geneva Conventions, the American Red Cross works to
 educate the public about international humanitarian law.  The Pictet
 competition offers an excellent opportunity to create greater awareness and
 ultimately save lives and reduce suffering worldwide."
     The Pictet competition will consist of two sessions, one in Laprugne,
 France, and one at CWRU.  At CWRU, 22 teams of students, representing
 fictional countries, will be presented with news of violent situations such as
 civil wars or riots in fictional countries. The teams must decide which
 international laws best apply to the situations and subsequently develop their
 cases around those provisions. Through a series of workshops, presentations,
 and mock United Nations assemblies held during the week, the teams will be
 narrowed to four.  The four teams will make final presentations to a jury on
 Saturday, April 14, the last day of the competition.  The final presentation
 will be open to the public.  The two winning teams will join the two winning
 teams from France to compete in the Pictet finals, held in August in Geneva,
 Switzerland.
     David Auston, president of CWRU will serve on the jury judging the final
 presentations along with:
 
     * Richard Goldstone, chairman of the Independent International Commission
       on Kosovo and former chair of the South Africa Commission of Inquiry
       Regarding Public Violence and Intimidation
     * Michael H. Hoffman, director of International Humanitarian Law and
       Policy for the American Red Cross
     * Michael Davis, professor of law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
     * Michael Scharf, professor of law and director of the Center for
       International Law and Policy at the New England School of Law, and
       former counsel to the counter-terrorism bureau of the U.S. Department of
       State
     * Gerald Korngold, dean and McCurdy professor at the CWRU School of Law;
       and
     * Hiram Chodosh, professor of international law and director of the
       Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at CWRU.
     * Lt. Commander Gregory Noones, U.S. Navy & Department of Defense
     * Henry Thomas King Jr., professor at the CWRU School of Law
 
     Teams that have applied to participate so far are from Argentina, Belarus,
 Belgium, Canada, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, the Netherlands,
 Pakistan, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United States,
 and the United Kingdom.
 
 SOURCE  American Red Cross Greater Cleveland Chapter