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QU law students volunteer with THIMUN Qatar high school delegates | Qatar University

QU law students volunteer with THIMUN Qatar high school delegates

2020-01-26 00:00:00.0
Group photo of the students

Members of Qatar University (QU) College of Law’s Moot Court team recently volunteered with local high school students through The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) Qatar’s “THIMUN Conference” which took place from January 21-24 at the Qatar National Convention Centre.

During the event, QU Law students Latifa Abdulla Al-Marri, Lolwa Ibrahim Al-Mohannadi, Rawan Yousef Al-Mohannadi, Sharouq Saeed Bawazir, and Wafa Saad Al-Kuwari, along with recent QU Law graduate Fatema Ali Al-Amri, led a workshop with THIMUN students preparing to compete with each other during a Model International Court of Justice (ICJ) competition.

QU Law Moot Court members coached students from the American School of Bombay, Doha College, Newton International Academy, and Lycée Bonaparte French School as they prepared oral arguments for mock hearings based on real-life ICJ cases before the ICJ in The Hague. QU Law volunteers advised on what they have learned regarding how to formulate arguments, analyze for counter arguments, and conduct direct and cross-examinations of witnesses. QU Law Moot Court members also worked with student ICJ Officers and members of THIMUN’s Secretariat General representing Doha College, American Embassy School, and the American School of Doha.

“We are extremely proud of our Moot Court students and seriously impressed with the high school students participating in the THIMUN Conference,” said Dr. Melissa Deehring, QU Legal Skills faculty member and UNODC Education for Justice (E4J) Ethics Champion, who also volunteered at the event.

She added, “Our College is invested in advancing our students’ skills while promoting the Sustainable Development Goals and encouraging students to be more active in their communities. Our Legal Skills Department always tries to participate in collaborative teaching and learning efforts and volunteering with THIMUN is the perfect way for our Moot Court students to learn while simultaneously educating for the rule of law and promoting SDG 16 for peace, justice and strong institutions.”

As stated in THIMUN Qatar’s Guidebook, the ICJ at THIMUN Qatar provides high school students the chance to understand the court and its process through experiential learning as student participants develop arguments, research and write briefs, prepare oral arguments, and judge the hearings. This year’s competition included high school students also pretending to be witnesses testifying before the court.

Ms. Fatima F. El Mahdi, Head of THIMUN Qatar, stated, “I would like to reiterate our thanks on behalf of the THIMUN Qatar team for QU College of Law’s generous support of the ICJ student advocate teams. Thanks to the QU Moot Court’s participation, the education for advocacy that THIMUN Qatar promotes gained a polish and expertise that our student teams will carry on with them for life. We hope that this collaboration will inspire the next generation of lawyers to be diligent, ethical, critical and passionate about upholding the law and promoting a culture of lawfulness.”

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