Magen David Adom ambulances 311.
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A team of three law students from the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Law has
been chosen to represent Israel in an international humanitarian law (IHL)
competition in South Africa in April.
Moran Alriyami, Yael Naggan and
Doron Pe’er are to compete in the Jean-Pictet Competition on International
Humanitarian Law in Winterton, South Africa, a weeklong training event for young
law and political science scholars. During the competition, teams of three
students from international universities compete in simulations and role-plays
on a variety of IHL-related scenarios.
The International Committee of the
Red Cross selected Alriyami, Naggan and Pe’er after they took first place in
Israel’s National Competition on International Humanitarian Law, an annual event
organized every November in Jerusalem by the ICRC and law
Naggan, who is in the third year of an LLB degree course at
the Hebrew University, told The Jerusalem Post that she had entered the
competition because it involved taking part in realistic conflict
During the event, students are asked to take on various roles,
including those of journalists, military personnel, policy makers and government
representatives, and to deal with issues such as the legality of weapon use,
prisoners and the law in occupied territories. Throughout the four-day-long
competition, which is held entirely in English, competing teams are trained by
international and local international humanitarian law experts.
scenarios included things that Israel has dealt with,” Naggan said. “One
scenario included two states dealing with terrorist organizations, where we had
to deal with issues which do not have such clear definitions under international
Naggan said that the Hebrew University team is looking forward to
representing Israel in the South African competition, but added that she
expected the contest, which includes students from top law faculties around the
world, to be tough.
“Law students in Israel are considered to be
relatively proficient, though,” said Naggan, modestly.
Medina, dean of the Hebrew University’s law faculty said the university was
honored by the students’ achievements.
“Our students demonstrated an
impressive depth of knowledge,” Medina said. “I hope they will also reach
outstanding achievements in the international competition.”