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Australian Red Cross Laws of War Writing Competition - ACT

The Australian Red Cross Laws of War Writing Competition is now open for all undergraduate students studying in the Australian Capital Territory. It aims to deepen students' understanding and appreciation of international humanitarian law (IHL) through the development of an opinion piece.

The idea of IHL is simple: even wars have laws. Also known as the laws of armed conflict, IHL protects people who are not taking part in the fighting, such as civilians, wounded soldiers and prisoners of war. It also places limits on the types of weapons that are allowed to be used during conflict.

The competition is open to undergraduate students from all disciplines and does not require a legal background. In fact, entries from students not studying law are strongly encouraged.

Read the FAQs and Conditions of Entry.

Download the writing competition cover sheet.

For more information contact the IHL team.

IHL Mooting in 2015

Each year Australia Red Cross holds its IHL Moot within the Australian Law Students' Association Annual Conference. In 2015 the competition will be held in Sydney. Students interested in participating in the competition should begin contacting their local Law Students' Societies for details, from early in Semester 1.

2014's Results

In 2014, the IHL Moot competition was won by the University of Sydney, and its team of Alice Zhou and Amelia Dale. The team from Griffiths Uni (Gold Coast campus) came very creditable runners-up. Congratulations to all! In March 2015, Alice and Amelia will head off to Hong Kong for their prize - the right to represent Australia in the Red Cross' Asian-Pacific IHL competition, jointly organised by the Hong Kong Red Cross and the ICRC. Watch this space to follow their progress.


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