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    GZU Law School wins 1st round of ICRC Moot Competition




    NKULUMANI MLAMBO

    GWERU
    – The newly established Herbert Chitepo School of Law at Great Zimbabwe University is making remarkable impact as an institution of note after winning a series of awards at local and international competitions participated during the course of 2016.
    Last Friday was another good day for its three students, Cathrine Ndoro, Simbarashe Chigumira and Tendekai Makau when they emerged first in the  preliminary round of the International Committee of the Red Cross Moot Competition. They beat well established universities, the Midlands State and the University of Zimbabwe to second and third position respectively.
    The competitions which was held at the Midlands State University were adjudged by law experts whose names were not disclosed.
    The two top teams, GZU and MSU will fight out in the finals to be held at the High Court in Harare on October 14 this year.
    The winners of the finals will proceed to represent Zimbabwe in Arusha, Tanzania in December in the All Africa Moot Competition.
    Herbert Chitepo Law School Dean, Victor Nkiwane confirmed the results of the competition to The Mirror.
    "We look forward to the finals in Harare after being adjudged the best oralist in Gweru and we hope this time we will win the finals because last year we failed to proceed to the finals although we came out joint second with MSU," said Nkiwane.
    The law school managed to orally present their arguments exceptionally well before a panel of Judges who are experts in International Humanitarian Law (IHL).
    The three law schools were given three topics to debate on which were; 'The IHL classification of conflicts into international and non-international is not significant to encompass the types of armed conflicts taking place today', the second one was entitled, 'Non-combat immunity and adherence to IHL rules by fighting parties are irrelevant where armed conflicts take place in densely populated areas and where parties to a conflict constantly intermingle with civilians'.
    The last one was that the inherent characteristics of autonomous and nuclear weapons create serious doubts on their compatibility with IHL.
    In July this year, Chitepo Law School did the nation proud when they came fourth out of 25 continental representatives at the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Competition held in Geneva Switzerland.
    Earlier on in March this year, the school came third at the 16th Interrnational Academy of Dispute Resolution Law School  Tournament held at Loyola University in Chicago where 56 universities from across the Globe participated.
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