White doves of peace
MITSO University annually holds its juridical Youth for Peace Olympiad
This year, students from the best law schools across 21 countries gathered in Minsk, taking on the role of diplomats to solve simulated situations of international conflict.
By Anastasia Shoplya
In the final round of the competition, the ‘top-teams’ comprised Dutch students from Leiden University and those from Sweden’s Lund University, with the future lawyers from the Netherlands winning the battle of wits.
Daniel Huters, of the winning team, tells us, “The MITSO Olympiad gives students from various countries the magnificent opportunity to apply their knowledge. We knew that strong teams would gather in Minsk, so we prepared for the competition in advance, under the direction of our professors.”
Experts in international law from eight countries judged the knowledge and abilities of the future lawyers, with Hans Joachim Heinze representing the German Institute of International Law and Armed Conflict. He especially noted the high level of students’ skills and added, “Such Olympiads are vital to the development of relations between countries. Young people should learn to live together and to fight against modern challenges.”
The closing ceremony of the Youth for Peace Olympiad was symbolic, featuring the release of white doves and balloons into the sky.