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Proving beyond reasonable doubt that it can compete with the best law schools nationwide, the Ateneo de Zamboanga University’s College of Law finished fifth overall at the 2017 National Moot Court Competition on International Humanitarian Law (NMCC on IHL), held October 2-6, 2017 at the UP College of Law BGC campus in Manila. 

Second year law students Kelvin J. Culajara and Shahiva Tazhnim Jadraque composed the AdZU-COL Mooting team. AdZU came in 5th after champion University of the Philippines; Ateneo de Manila University, 2nd place; San Beda College-Mendiola, 3rd; and in 4th, University of San Agustin. 

Seventeen law schools participated in this year’s competition with teams debating before a simulated International Criminal Court, cases of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The case for this year’s contest was the fictional Prosecutor vs. Gerard Vande, focusing on war crimes against the civilian population; rape, and displacement.

This is the third in a row that AdZU-Col bested some of the country’s top law schools. In 2015 and 2016, it garnered second runner-up honors in the mock court challenge. In both occasions, the University was represented by Ahmad Rais Undug and Earl Larroder.

NMCC on IHL is organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross – Philippines and the Philippine Red Cross.