Steamboat Springs Simon Kassemi, a cadet at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs,has been selected to compete as a member of the Air Force Academy's three-person team at the Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law Competition in Geneva, Switzerland, in April 2008. The Pictet Competition, held in a different country each year, is a week-long event that will test each team's training in the fields of international humanitarian law (the laws of war): international solidarity, international criminal law and refugee law. Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world gather to compete at the Pictet Competition, which is hosted by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Simon will begin advanced studies of international humanitarian law next semester at the Air Force Academy, where he is majoring in Military Strategic Studies.
Simon is the son of Rebecca and Mical Huyser of Steamboat Springs and Dr. Si Kassemi of Rio Rancho, N.M.