Three students of the Faculty of Law at Nile University of Nigeria have emerged as National winners of the 12th Annual ICRC International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot Competition.
The Nile University team, comprising three students namely: Mustapha Shuaibu, Chisom Okoh, and Rukkayya Saka Ahmad, demonstrated their expertise and prowess in the field of law as they went head-to-head with teams from renowned universities across Nigeria. Throughout the competition, these students displayed their exceptional legal skills, profound knowledge of international humanitarian law, and persuasive capabilities.
The competition, organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), aims to promote and enhance knowledge and understanding of International Humanitarian Law among law students across Africa.
The competition was divided into several rounds, where teams presented oral arguments and responded to questions from a panel of expert judges. The Nile University team’s performance was outstanding, showcasing their exceptional legal research, analytical thinking, and ability to apply legal principles to complex real-life scenarios.
Their final argument delivered a compelling and well-supported rationale, which impressed the Judges both in substance and presentation. The students’ dedication, commitment, and hard work truly paid off as they were able to outshine their competitors and secure the victory.
L-R: Chisom Okoh 500L, Mustapha Shuaibu 500L & Rukkayya Saka Ahmad 400L, Nile University Law Students and National Champions of the 12th Annual ICRC International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot Competition.
Speaking on their experience, the National champions of the IHL competition stated, “In retrospect, It was all of the pre-competition activities and struggles to keep up with our approaching semester exams that made this win even more rewarding. If we had been told at the time that we could still participate and possibly win, we would have been skeptical. The tremendous support we received from our Dean, Dr. Fatima Alkali, and other faculty members kept us motivated throughout the entire phase of the competition.”
This achievement of the Nile University Law students in winning the national competition and earning the opportunity to represent Nigeria at the All Africa IHL Moot Court Competition is a testament to the excellent legal education provided by Nile University. It showcases the institution’s commitment to academic excellence, practical training, and instilling in its students a deep understanding and appreciation for International Humanitarian law.
The Nile University team is now gearing up for the Africa regional finals of the competition scheduled for 14 – 25 November 2023 in Arusha, Tanzania.