The Memorial de Caen organizes for 24 years an international competition where lawyers have to plead about the case of a person or a situation whom suffers human rights violations.

Each year, 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.

This year, the winner of the competition is Maître Charles Merlen, for his plead about Bradley Manning.

The Memorial is a museum about 2nd Wold War, and more widely a center of exhibitions and research.

Links:  http://www.ouest-france.fr/ofdernmin_-Plaidoiries-un-avocat-lillois-sauve-le-soldat-de-WikiLeaks-de-l-oubli_40771-2160266-pere-bno_filDMA.Htm

http://www.memorial-caen.fr/avocatsgb/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=986&Itemid=1777

via This day in Wikileaks: http://www.thisdayinwikileaks.org/2013/02/3-february-2013.html