Timothy Maponga Herald Reporter
THREE students from Great Zimbabwe University’s Herbert Chitepo Law School raised the Zimbabwean flag high after scooping third position out of 51 law schools from all over the world during the recent International Mediation Tournament in the United States of America.
The tournament, which was held last week at Loyola University Chicago in the US, saw the Great Zimbabwe University trio of Blissful Dzimiri, Kudakwashe Muzenda and Ivy Madzivo, locking horns with law school students from various countries such as Canada, Britain, Northern Ireland, and Ukraine among others.
Law schools from Canada, Great Britain and Germany regularly attend the tournament but this was the first time for Africa — represented by Zimbabwe’s Herbert Chitepo Law School — to participate since its launch 15 years ago.
In an Interview with The Herald, Muzenda said: “I would like to thank Great Zimbabwe University for giving us this special opportunity to rub shoulders with other law students from international universities, and our win is a clear sign that we are getting world class education at Great Zimbabwe University’s Herbert Chitepo Law School.”
Madzivo and Dzimiri expressed shock on their win and also thanked their university for giving them a lifetime opportunity to prove themselves on such a huge international event.
Said Mr Anderson Chipatiso, the director of information and public relations at Great Zimbabwe University: “The win is a big vote of confidence for the Herbert Chitepo Law School, and a clear testimony that Great Zimbabwe University has for the past five years expanded not only in physical terms but also in its way of equipping students with high class knowledge.”
The students received two trophies and individual shields for excelling at the tour- nament.
The International Mediation Tournament is an annual event which is meant to provide law students with opportunity to learn about various forms and techniques used in mediation, as well as the opportunity to practise their mediation skills in a friendly competition with other students from around the world.
The 2016 edition ran from March 8 to 11.
More than 400 students, mediators, professors and attorneys participated in the four-day international mediation skills tournament.