Minsk Hosts IX International Law Competition “Youth for Peace”

On October 1, in Minsk the start was given to IX International Law Competition “Youth for Peace”.  The participants and jury were welcomed by the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Belarus, representatives of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus, diplomatic corps, International Committee of the Red Cross and the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus.

On October 1, in Minsk the start was given to IX International Law Competition “Youth for Peace”.  The participants and jury were welcomed by the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Belarus, representatives of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus, diplomatic corps, International Committee of the Red Cross and the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus.

IX International Law Competition gathered 42 students from 17 countries. “This year is a very special year for international humanitarian law. It is the 150th anniversary of the First Geneva Convention, and as we look back, we see enormous achievements made in developing International Humanitarian Law and adapting it to the changing realities of the world today,” - said  Anastasia Herasimovich, UN Coordination Adviser to the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office in Belarus in her welcoming speech.

International Law Competition has been held on the initiative of International MITSO University since 2006. Representatives of more than 35 countries around the world such as Austria, Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Macedonia, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, have already participated in the Law Competition.

The Competition is one of the first initiatives held within the framework of the Academic Impact, the UN global initiative, which aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations for the purpose of active supporting ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, literacy, sustainability and conflict resolution.