International Humanitarian Law Role Play Competition 2017

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Taking place between 13 to 15 October 2017, the 3rd annual event involved 13 teams from Malaysia’s top government and private universities alike such as UKM, IIUM, UM, UniSZA, INTI College and ATC, to name a few. Unlike previous years, this year’s competition received the participation of a non-local institution namely the Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), one of the prominent universities in Indonesia, whose representatives were debaters and competed as first-timers. The competition tested participants’ IHL knowledge and negotiation skill in designated simulations which resembled real-life armed conflicts. Participants were judged in terms of the application of IHL, grace in negotiation for access to aids with the authorities played by the judges, as well as mannerism in the said process.

UniSZA was represented by two teams comprising first and second year students of the International Relations School; Team A consisted of the second year, while Team B first. The teams received coaching for only a month prior the competition from experienced students who had previously participated.

Team A of UniSZA managed to advance only to the Quarter Finals, therefore did not manage to further compete with IIUM, UKM and ATC in the Semi Final. The event, a collaboration between the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and UKM, saw ATC as the winner for the second time, followed by the host university.

Although Team UniSZA could not make it further, Team A has won the Best Presenter Award, which manifested improvement from previous participation. From this year’s competition, the teams and coaches have definitely learned so much and traced the patterns to put up stronger rivalry next year. All in all, congratulations to everyone who has contributed; despite not winning the title, we are winners at heart for all the hard work and giving all out.