"I have yet to meet a contestant in the Concours Pictet whose face does not light up when they recall the experience."
Extracts from an article written by Prof. Françoise J. Hampson, Teaching the Law of Armed Conflict, Essex Human Rights Review Vol. 5 No. 1 July 2008
In the opinion of most of the Competition's alumni (3214 as of today), participate to the Jean-Pictet Competition is a unique experience.
To learn, to compete, to meet: the three objectives of the Competition are achieved according to the "Picteists" (name given to the former participants in the Competition). Preparation for the competition is demanding, both before and after the selection of the teams. Learning is up to the challenge: the level of expertise reached by the Picteists is impressive. Progress during the week of the Competition on non-legal aspects, such as teamwork, presentation and communication skills, stress management, are all as much, thanks to the help of the tutors made available to the teams by the organizers. Networking, both among the participants of the year and among the forty volunteers involved in the organization, is a great opening to people of diverse backgrounds and profiles.
During the 2017 edition of the Competition, the Picteists were invited to anonymously express their satisfaction on a scale of 1 to 10. 64% of people gave the score of 10/10, 29% gave 9/10, 6% the score of 8/10. The lowest score, 7/10, represented less than 1% of respondents.
For students wishing to work in the field of IHL, international relations, international criminal law, refugee law, having participated in the Competition is a major asset in a curriculum vitae, as demonstrated by the professional profile of many former participants.