LACAH is back with another fun and exciting mock trial! With the prevalence of chemical weapons in Tigray, and allegations of similar substances being used by Russia, we wanted to turn back time and revisit Agent Orange.
What is LACAH? The Law Association for Crimes Across History (LACAH) is a 100% nonprofit, student-run mock trial organisation that puts historical figures on trial. Our purpose is to help students critically analyse historical events through different lenses, and meet passionate peers who share the same interests. You will be able to exercise your creativity, public speaking skills, acting talents, and historical knowledge on stand.
What is this trial’s case? At LACAH IV, we will be tackling the case of Agent Orange, putting Ngô Đình Diệm on trial for ecocide and crimes against humanity. During the Vietnam War, he authorised the use of the chemical weapon Agent Orange, which resulted in detrimental consequences; millions of people faced severe health problems due to exposure to this chemical, and over three million hectares of forest were defoliated.
What if you are a beginner? If you’re a beginner, fear not! LACAH is very fitting for those less experienced with mock trial. LACAH provides numerous lessons from professional attorneys and mock trial experts, as well as online resources. The LACAH executive team will ensure that you are well-prepared before you jump into your first trial.
When is it? LACAH Latin America will be held in late November (date to be announced soon)!
How do I sign up? You can sign up on our website (www.lacah.net/latinamerica). There is a sign-up fee of 10 USD per participant, but LACAH also offers need-based scholarships. If you’re joining with friends, teams consist of 4 people. If you sign up individually, we will try our best to find you a suitable team so you may participate as well. Please be sure that you and your team are available for the whole day of both tournament dates before signing up.