International Law Competition “Youth for Peace”

International Law Competition "Youth for Peace" is an annual contest for students from different countries.  The participants are expected to demonstrate excellent knowledge of international humanitarian law, international public law and human rights law, as well as ability to adapt to the changing environment. The Competition provides students with an opportunity to enrich and extend their knowledge in the sphere of international humanitarian law through participation in the simulated armed conflict. In previous 13 years the Competition has seen student teams from more than 35 countries around the world.

 

XIV INTERNATIONAL LAW COMPETITION "YOUTH FOR PEACE"

The XIV International Law Competition “Youth for Peace” will be held in Minsk from November 25th to 29th, 2019. Please find attached all the necessary information about the “Youth for Peace” Competition: 

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HISTORY

The First International Law Competition "Youth for Peace", held in 2006, brought together 40 participants from Belarus, Ukraine and Russia. The participants of the Competition accepted an official Address to the governments of the countries of the world which was ceremonially handled to accredited representatives of the Embassies to the Republic of Belarus and sent to the governments of 191 countries. This official Аddress was sent to the governments with an appeal to refuse using armaments as means of achieving political aims.

Since 2006, "Youth for Peace" is supported by the regional delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Russian Federation, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. In 2007 it supported by the UN Office in Belarus. Since 2009, the Olympics included in the Work Plan for the implementation of the Commission of International Humanitarian Law under the Council of Ministers of Belarus.

During 13 years of its history, "Youth for Peace" brought together representatives from more than 40 countries: students and professors from best law universities, specialists and experts from the UK, Sweden, France, Cuba, India, the Netherlands, China, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Armenia, Germany, Belarus, Macedonia and others. "Youth for Peace" is a non-political event, gathering under its auspices the best law students from around the world.

The International Law Competition "Youth for Peace" is one of the first events held within the United Nations Academic Impact initiative, which unites higher educational institutions with the United Nations Organization with the aim of support and promotion of the world-accepted principles related to human rights, literacy, sustainable development and conflict resolution. The International Law Competition "Youth for Peace" is included in the working plan of the National Commission for the IHL Implementation under the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus.

The main goal of "Youth for Peace" is disseminating among young people the idea of tolerance and intercultural dialogue conduct, demonstrating the importance of peaceful coexistence of nations. In 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus include "Youth for Peace" in the list of the most prestigious competitions in the field of international law in the Republic of Belarus.

XIII INTERNATIONAL LAW COMPETITION "YOUTH FOR PEACE"

At the end of September 2018, XIII International Law Competition "Youth for Peace" united representatives of Finland, China, Russia, the United Kingdom, Romania, Poland and other countries.

In the frames of "Youth for Peace" was held II Roundtable "Multidimensional protection of individual rights in the modern International Law" of the Belarusian branch of the International Law Association, which was attended by international experts in the field of international law and representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, the National Centre of Legislation and Legal Research of the Republic of Belarus, the Council of Europe, the Belarusian Red Cross Society, a number of specialists from Belarusian universities.

During the XIII International Law Competition "Youth for Peace", invited as judges of the Competition, foreign speakers gave lectures on international law:

  • Michael J. Strauss (PhD in International Relations and Diplomacy, France, the United Kingdom): "The hostile occupation of territory through privatized governance";
  • David Turns (LLM in International Law, the United Kingdom): "Chemical Weapons, Syria and the Use of Force in International Law";
  • Olivier Ribbelink (PhD in International Law, the Netherlands): "The Relevance of Fact-Finding";
  • Lionel Blackman (LLM in International Law and Human Rights, the United Kingdom): "Freedom of expression in the cyber age".

In addition to theoretical, semi-final and final rounds of the Competition, the participants took part in the traditional evening of national cultures, excursions in Minsk, intellectual and sports-oriented quests.

As a result of 3 competitive days, the winner was a team from the MGIMO University, which met in the final with a team from the Ural State Law University. The judges also noted the excellent level of preparation of the semi-finalists of the competition – the teams of the Istanbul Center International Law and the hosts of the competition – the International University “MITSO” team. 

The representative of the London South Bank University team Austin Young was announced the Best Speaker of the Competition. A special diploma of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus for the Best Legal Argumentation was awarded to the representative of the team of the International University “MITSO” Hanna Skrypnikava. In addition, judges of the Competition present their special certificates to representatives of the teams of the Istanbul Center International Law (Turkey), the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (Russia) as well as the Gomel branch of the International University “MITSO” (Belarus).

 

XII INTERNATIONAL LAW COMPETITION "YOUTH FOR PEACE"

At the end of September 2017, XII International Law Competition "Youth for Peace" united representatives of the United Kingdom, Armenia, France, Russia, Spain and other countries.

In the frames of "Youth for Peace" was held II Roundtable "Multidimensional protection of individual rights in the modern International Law" of the Belarusian branch of the International Law Association, which was attended by international experts in the field of international law and representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, the National Centre of Legislation and Legal Research of the Republic of Belarus, the Council of Europe, the Belarusian Red Cross Society, a number of specialists from Belarusian universities.

During the XII International Law Competition "Youth for Peace", invited as judges of the Competition, foreign speakers gave lectures on international law:

  • Michael J. Strauss (PhD in International Relations and Diplomacy, France, the United Kingdom): "Practical Challenges of Distinguishing between Civilians and Combatants in Armed Conflict";
  • David Turns (LLM in International Law, the United Kingdom): "Time Sensitive Targeting and International Humanitarian Law: Some Implications of the Use of Cyber and Autonomous Technologies";
  • Olivier Ribbelink (PhD in International Law, the Netherlands): "Certain IHL/ICL aspects of the destruction of cultural property during armed conflict. The case of the Scythian Gold";
  • Lionel Blackman (LLM in International Law and Human Rights, the United Kingdom): "Why Do Asylum Seekers Risk Their Lives to Come to the United Kingdom? The Reality of the Legal Challenges They Face".

In addition to theoretical, semi-final and final rounds of the Competition, the participants took part in the traditional evening of national cultures, excursions in Minsk and "fought" during laser tag competition.

The winner of the XII International Law Competition "Youth for Peace" was the team from MGIMO University (Russia). In the final, the team MGINO University met with the team from Russian-Armenian University (Armenia). As suggested by the jury of the Competition, both teams are presented very good argued its position and demonstrated knowledge not only of international humanitarian law, but also international law in general. The best speaker according to the results of "Youth for Peace" has been recognized the representative of the Higher School of Economics (St. Petersburg). In addition, his year representative of the finalist team from RAU Mane Hakobyan received the special prize of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus for "The best legal argumentation".