Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ethiopia: Student wins 2016 East African IHL Essay Competition

(Sep 13, 2016, (ICRC))--A law student from Dilla University in Ethiopia won the 2016 International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Essay Competition. Henok Ashagre's essay was voted the best out of 58 submissions from five east African countries.

The competition which was themed, "Even wars have limits – Strengthening the compliance system of international humanitarian law," was organized by the ICRC. Henok said that his interest in IHL goes beyond the courses set out in his law degree requirements. He recently participated in the Regional Moot Court competition in Arusha which inspired him to find out more about IHL.

"When I saw the invitation of the essay competition, I realized that it was a chance for me to read more on the field and contribute my part. I am glad my article won the competition," said Henok after receiving his certificate and award.

In his essay, Henok advocated for the establishment of new compliance systems which involve creating a distinct expert body to draft a periodic and public report on the compliance of IHL. The essay stressed the need to include armed groups because it claimed that the existing system's scope of applicability is limited to international armed conflict alone. Read more from ICRC »

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