• Julian M.H Simanjuntak

IHL Moot-Court Finals round 2019: After action report

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

Just last week our very own three-man moot court team has achieved great success whilst participating in the 14th round of moot court competitions scoring in at second place and beating out similarly skilled adversaries such as the UGM Team. The competitions itself took place in Universitas Gadjah Mada from the 8th of November all the way to the 10th. As for our own peerless group, the team is made up of Oralist Ruth Ivana, Albert Barnabas, and researcher Reihan Ali Tenriola, from the results, brought it is no doubt that the teamed showed exceptional skill and brotherhood, not unlike that of the three musketeers of ages past.

It should be noted that mooting for us law students represents the height of performance that a law student can experience sans working, it demands dedication, creativity and perseverance from its participants. Most of the time the rewards would not be immediate, and its benefits would only manifest in the long term. In the mooting environment, you would expect long work hours, short deadlines as well as great stress and pressure, however in enduring those difficulties you would be considered some of the chosen few that would represent UPH’s law community in competitions both foreign and domestic, this would essentially make any of its members the cream of the crop of the law community the elite few who would be the embodiment of FH-UPH collective talent. 

The competition that took place brought with it the topic of IHL (International Humanitarian Law). In this instance, our skillful team would take on the roles of international prosecutor and defendants taking turns each round whilst switching roles every new turn with the other competing team. With the topic of war crimes at hand, the team must be able to successfully navigate the legal minefield that is the international tribunal whilst both arguing effectively for and against the charges that are presented against them. After which the team with the most convincing and legally factual argument would receive the highest score as graded by the judges who are often very experienced. 

In an interview with one of the oralists namely Ruth Ivana, she mentioned that although the competition itself was not as terrifying as she expected it to be, the preparation however is. She also shed further light regarding the great emotional experiences during the competition “and when we made it to the final round, the feeling was just unbelievable, we did not expect we would go this far as I told my fellow teammates to not get their hopes up just yet”.

According to one coach who wishes to remain anonymous “the team is efficient however I believe they could achieve much more”. He also further stated “they have the potential to be something incredibly great.” Another coach who would prefer to be identified as “Coach NS” said that “for the first time mooters they are trainable and improve a lot between each rounds”. However, she also added that “their confidence level must be improved”.

In its last phase of the competition, the team managed to win out against their counterparts in UGM and finally managed to go to the Final Rounds and score second place in the competition, with Udayana taking first place. The victory they have scored here is a historic one, not only for themselves but also for UPH’s law community. In fact, this is the first time in the four years that UPH has entered the Finals with the last one taking place in 2015.

We hope that this achievement may inspire the next generations of mooters to pick up where their predecessors left off and take the next leap forward in regard to achievement. On that note, we would like to wish the next generation of mooters good luck and Godspeed!

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