The University of Nairobi has emerged victorious in the prestigious 2024 Firdaous Initiative for Academic Excellence (FIAE) International Humanitarian Law Moot Competition. Held in Zaria city, northern Nigeria, from June 24-28, the competition saw participation from top African universities, with the University of Nairobi's team, Lindsey Asiome and Mercy Kamau, clinching the title of Best Overall Team. They also bagged the award for Best Memorial, with Lindsey being crowned Best Oralist

The event, which focused on critical issues in international humanitarian law, saw Cavendish University from Uganda securing second place, followed by the University of Ilorin and Adekunle Ajasin University, both from Nigeria, in third and fourth positions respectively.

This year's competition delved into four crucial areas: the legal implications of cyber warfare, destruction of cultural properties in conflict, social media's influence in modern conflicts, and prevention and response to cultural property destruction during wartime. Open to undergraduate students from African universities, the competition required teams of two to present arguments for a fictitious case before the proposed African Court of Justice and Human Rights.

The University of Nairobi's team demonstrated exceptional legal acumen throughout the rigorous competition stages, which included written memorials, preliminary oral rounds, and knockout stages. Their outstanding performance culminated in winning not only the overall competition but also the Best Memorial for the Prosecution award. Additionally, team member Lindsey was named Best Oralist, further highlighting the team's comprehensive excellence.

Other notable participants reaching the quarterfinals included universities from Zambia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria, and South Sudan, underscoring the competition's wide-reaching impact across the continent.

The FIAE International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition, evolving from its roots under Firdaous Integrated Services, continues to provide a vital platform for African law students to hone their skills in international humanitarian law. The University of Nairobi's victory not only brings prestige to the institution but also sets a high benchmark for legal education and advocacy in Africa.

This triumph serves as a testament to the University of Nairobi's commitment to excellence, preparing its students to tackle complex global legal challenges. As the competition continues to grow, it promises to play a crucial role in shaping the next generation of legal minds across Africa.