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    Balkh students to compete for global award

    KABUL (PAN): Balkh University students on Wednesday won the Afghan National Round of the Jessup International Moot Court Competition in Kabul for a chance to represent the country at the international finals in Washington D.C. in March, the USAID said.

    The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition involves participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. The competition, now in its 53rd year, poses a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice.

    Students from Herat, Balkh, Al Biruni and Nangarhar Universities, competing in the event, showcased their written and oral advocacy skills as they debated in English on three issues -- the legality of the destruction of a cultural site, who may represent a nation after a coup d'état and government responsibility for military action.

    " All of the competitors today are winners, for all of you have used this intensive competition to hone your skills in legal writing, analysis and public speaking, which will serve you and your country well as Afghanistan’s future jurists," said Hans G. Klemm, coordinating director for rule of law and law enforcement, at the US embassy in Kabul.