ULK hosted the 2nd Edition of Regional MOOT Court Competition
The second edition of the regional moot court was hosted by Kigali Independent University ULK to take place from 26 May to 30 May 2014. 14 universities from the Great lakes region entered the competitions after which the “Universite Libre des Pays des Grands Lacs” was proclaimed the champion. The moot court was jointly organized by Initiatives for Peace and Human Rights (IPHR) and the Comité pour le Concours Grands Lacs (CCGL) in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross and Kigali Independent University ULK to enhance knowledge on international humanitarian law and human rights for university students and lecturers from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.
The theme around which the moot court was carried out was
« Sexual Violence in period of armed conflict: What responses from the International Humanitarian law and Human Rights? »
The 14 universities who entered the competition were the University of Burundi, Université Lumière de Bujumbura, Université du Lac Tanganyika, Université des Grands Lacs, Université Libre des Pays des Grands Lacs, Université d’Uvira et des Grands Lacs, Université Catholique de Bukavu, Université Officielle de Bukavu, Université de Kisangani, Université de Kinshasa, University of Rwanda, Kigali Independent University (ULK – Kigali Campus) and Kigali Independent University (ULK – Gisenyi Campus. For the final, Universite Libre des Pays des Grands Lacs prevailed over the Universite Lumiere de Bujumbura – Kinindo Campus.
The President and Founder of ULK Prof.Dr RWIGAMBA BALINDA presided over the closing ceremony of the 4 days competition. The President expressed the pleasure that ULK premises could shelter the competition.” Thus is a good fact that our country is committed to protecting human rights” The president remarked emphasizing the effort of the government of RWANDA to sustain peace, security and good governance. The audience got a good opportunity to learn from the experience of the President and Founder of ULK Prof. Dr RWIGAMBA BALINDA as far as the secret of success is concerned.
Asked to unveil the secret behind a continuing progress of a business, the President affirmed that the rate of success in a project is proportional to the rate of faith the entrepreneur has in God, in himself, and in the project. The audience was urged to keep their focus on their vision and take action towards their vision. Four principles foundation of success were shared namely, having faith in God, having positive thoughts, knowing your mission on earth and living ethical values. However, there is a need of a mind-set transformation to translate the values into virtues. The President called for living human values and having an immaculate moral conscious beyond any other guiding principle.
It was announced that the third edition will take place in Bujumbura (Republic of Burundi) on 11 – 15 May 2015.