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 On Tuesday, 28 July 2015, the Palestinian
Center for Human Rights (PCHR) concluded the International Criminal Law Moot
Court Competition. The final hearing was held between the 2 best prosecution
and defense teams that achieved the highest scores on the first day of the
competition.

In the concluding ceremony, 6 lawyers
from the 3 groups participating in the competition were selected for their
outstanding performance in the oral arguments they presented during the
competition. The selected lawyer were identified as: Wadee’ al-Arabeed, Mahmoud
Ahmed, Hanadi Abu Shawish, Aya Abu Mousa, Eman Eftaima and Shahed al-Dairawi.

Moreover, the prosecution team from
"Equality" group won because they got the highest scores in the oral
arguments and written submissions. The team was comprised of Mohammed Adel
Muhanna, Hanadi Abu Shawish, Basma al-Efranji, Mohanned Seyam and Khaled
al-Refa’i.

Certificates were distributed on all the
competing lawyers and appreciation certificates were given to coaches who
supervised the training: Mr. Zaher al-Saqqa, Dr. Abdul Qader Jarada and Dr.
Tareq al-Dairawi.

During the ceremony, Mr. Safi al-Dahdouh,
deputy director of the Palestinian Bar Association, delivered a speech thanking
PCHR for organizing and supervising the competition. He also stressed the
significance of such competitions for fresh lawyers and the importance of holding
more competitions for their effective role in enhancing the lawyers’ skills in
the field of international criminal law.

The jury comprised of Dr. Adnan
al-Hajjar, Director of Studies Unit at al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, as a
president of the jury; Mr. Jameel Sarhan, Director of
the Palestinian Independent Commission of Human Rights in the Gaza Strip, as a
member in the jury; and Mr. Sa’id al-Madhoun, head of human rights in the
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), as a
member as well, praised the role played by PCHR in the implementation of this
project and supervision over lectures and training courses for 6 consecutive
months. The intensive training offered to the lawyers was clear through the
written submissions and oral arguments during the competition. In addition, the
jury highlighted the importance of such projects for they serve the Palestinian
lawyers by promoting their performance and developing their skills in the field
of international legal sciences, because the coming battle is a legal one,
which will offer remedy to the Palestinian victims.

It should be noted that PCHR implements
this project for the third time. PCHR has worked on developing the training
program, as the participating lawyers were coached by local and international
experts in international criminal law for 6 months.

The team of PCHR’s legal aid unit supervising
the implementation of the project held training courses on domestic and
international law, in addition to theoretical and practical training courses on
the mechanisms of the victims’ access to international justice. The lawyers
were also trained on building legal files in circumstances where laws and
international conventions are violated and on investigation mechanisms related
to the crime scene, collection of evidence and other relevant issues.  

By concluding the activities of the
International Criminal Law Moot Court Competition, lawyer Ibrahim Sourani
thanked the jury for their prominent role in the discussions and objective
remarks they offered during the competition. Thus, PCHR concludes the Moot
Court Project that started in February 2015 in participation of the Palestinian
Bar Association.