My name is Sheeba and I am a fourth-year law student from the School of Excellence in Law, The Tamil Nadu Dr.Ambedkar Law University, Chennai. This year is quite eventful for my teammates and me, as we had applied for one of the most prestigious competitions in International Humanitarian Law in the world, the 2020 Jean Pictet Competition which is to be held in Indonesia between March 7 -14 of 2020.
Law as a field has long been identified in societies as that comprising of the Civil and Criminal spectra however it is the farthest from the truth. Competitions like this remind us of the position that the rule of law holds, in times of desperation and adversity. Law has always been the only hope toward normalcy or peace for thousands of people caught in conflict across the world. For Humanitarian Rights are always greater than that of every other entity even human rights itself. The Jean Pictet Competition centers itself around this field of law that is, the law of war and restoration of peace and justice. Its objective, “To Take the law out of books” provides a unique experience to the students participating, in the political, economic and social standpoints of the world. Something which cannot be achieved in any other legal competition across the world. To inculcate this, the competition has set a more learning atmosphere than a combative one across a period of 7 days with the most exclusive networking of scholars, jurists, professors and students across the world. Its prominence can be understood with the fact that the competition has been won only once by an Indian team that too last year, unlike other international competitions.
And it was not a mere moment of indifference when we found out that we are a participant for the 2020 Jean Pictet Competition. It was more a moment of understanding the responsibility we undertook unto ourselves by taking on this competition. It is no surprise that the competition will demand the utmost of our strength and work and we are ready to prove our mettle at this world forum. However, we are strained with the problem of finance and thus the purpose of this fundraiser. The Competition requires a registration fee of 1300 Euros which when converted, roughly amounts to Rs. 1,03,365. We are the children of agriculturists and pensioners and financing the personal expenses as such has put a great strain on our parents. And thus, we have turned for help towards your philanthropy. We will be the first team from the state of Tamil Nadu and a law university which is not a national law school. Thus your kindness even in the minute way will help us towards this dream of ours and will always be held in the highest gratitude.