Students engaged in lawsuit in Africa

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A group of students from the University of Debrecen had the illustrious 2nd place in the world final at the World Human Rights Moot Court Competition in South Africa.

The University of Pretoria organised the World Human Rights Moot Court Competition the second time in December, 2010, in which more than 40 university groups competed with each other. They had to expound their position in connection with a given human rights and international law case as both plaintiffs and defendants in front of a fictitious international human rights court. In the „case”, the religious leader of Belgravia state attacked homosexuals in a television interview after which homosexuals were assaulted several times. The Organisation for the Equality of Homosexuals and Lesbians organised a protest against the attacks after which the leader of the organisation was arrested.
„In the competition, we had to support our viewpoint as defendants against the later winner Lithuanian group and then as plaintiffs against the Romanian group from Babes-Bolyai University in a 30-30 minute-time frame during which we had to answer the numerous questions of the court and we also had to react to the arguments of our opponents.” – said adjunct Sandor Szemesi from The Department of European Law and International Law at the University of Debrecen.
Repeating last year’s outstanding result, the team from The Faculty of Law at the University of Debrecen made it to the 15-participant world final of the competition in 2010 in which it finished at the second place behind the Lithuanian team from the University of Vilnius.

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