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Red Cross Oration

Red Cross Oration 2014: A Century of War and Peace

Presented by Professor Tim McCormack

The 2014 Red Cross Oration retraced the establishment of Australian Red Cross in the frenzied days after the outbreak of World War 1 and its development into a leader among national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the promotion of understanding of, and respect for, International Humanitarian Law.

Tim McCormack is a leading international authority on International Humanitarian Law and on the prosecution of war crimes. He is the Special Adviser on IHL to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and the Expert Adviser on the Law of Armed Conflict to the ADF Director of Military Prosecutions in Canberra. Tim has held a number of other globally significant positions: he served as one of two international observers (with Lord David Trimble, Nobel Peace Laureate and former First Minister of Northern Ireland) of the Israeli Government's Turkel Commission of Enquiry into Israel's Processes for Investigating Alleged War Crimes (Jerusalem, 2011-2013); as expert law of war adviser to Major Dan Mori in the defence of David Hicks before the US Military Commission (Guantanamo Bay, 2003-2007); and as special adviser on international law issues to the judges in the trial of Slobodan Milosevic (The Hague, 2002-2006). Tim was the Foundation Australian Red Cross Professor of IHL (1996-2010) and the Foundation Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law. Tim is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Tasmania and a Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne.