Anam Fatima Named Best Speaker at 43rd Jean-Pictet Competition in Belgium


A team of Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) students participated in the 43rd Jean-Pictet Competition, a training event in international humanitarian law, from February 25 through March 3, 2024, in Bredene, Belgium.

About the Competition

The Jean-Pictet Competition welcomes multidisciplinary teams, reflecting the multifaceted nature of humanitarian challenges that demand insights from political science, international relations, military education, and humanitarian studies. During the competitive application process, the students’ winning application underscored the role of the Education City multiversity in providing a diverse, interdisciplinary academic environment, enriching the study and application of humanitarian law.

“While we are based in Qatar, our team members have diverse backgrounds, representing different nationalities from three major regions of the Global South: Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East,” they wrote. “Our lived experiences in those regions and in Qatar, as well as our interdisciplinary training in international politics and international law, have shaped our educational and cultural backgrounds that animate intellectual discussions within the team.”

Preparing for Success

To prepare the team for the competition Dr. Noha Aboueldahab, a scholar of public international law, transitional justice, and the laws of war, developed a course specifically designed to prepare the team for the competition by enhancing their practical skills and deepening their theoretical understanding of laws governing armed conflict.

The course, which also offers academic credit, began with the detailed application process. During this critical preparatory phase, Aboueldahab met frequently with the students, providing them with critical guidance, constructive feedback, and essential academic resources.

“I am very proud of the team for their selection to participate in the Jean-Pictet Competition, which is one of the most prestigious international law competitions in the world. In addition to enhancing their knowledge of international humanitarian law in practice, the competition offers them an excellent opportunity to establish and develop life-long networks of mentors, friends, and peers,” she said. “In a world where war crimes are being committed on an unprecedented scale, it is crucial that budding international lawyers receive advanced training to help prepare them for the real world.”