• For lawyers.

For decades, the Mémorial de Caen has been inviting lawyers from all around the world to defend genuine and individual cases of victims whose fundamental rights have been violated. Ten lawyers plead their cases in front of a jury of key players from legal, political, cultural and artistic backgrounds, who are all committed to defending Human Rights, as well as to a large audience. The competition has built up a solid reputation thanks to the numerous influential people who have agreed to chair its jury: Boutros Boutros-Ghali in 2002, Abdou Diouf in 2005, Barbara Hendricks in 2006, Edwy Plenel in 2009, Stéphane Hessel in 2010, Jorge Semprún in 2011 and Abderrazak Kilani in 2012. With the support of the National Council of French Bar Associations, the International Union of Lawyers

  • For lawyer students.

The competition offers to future lawyers the opportunity to advocate for the first time, pleading a cause they have chosen to defend. An opportunity to test their ability to convince a jury and audience.

  • For students.

For 15 years, thousands of young people expressed have become advocates for an important cause to their heart. The contest shows the talent of teenagers while making the choice of their commitment. It is part of a process in improving their civic Peace Education. The Memorial contest is a great platform for expression and freedom. With the support of the competition partners, Amnesty International, Reporters without Borders, Play Bac School Editor.

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