IHL Competition: Moot Court

Find out about the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot Court Competition and how to get involved as a law school student.


Moot Court Competition 2019

New Zealand Red Cross will hold the eighth New Zealand International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot Court Competition in Wellington on Saturday 10 August 2019. The competition is open to teams from each of the six New Zealand law schools.

The IHL Moot Court Competition seeks to raise awareness of the laws of war. It also provides an opportunity for law students to make their case and apply the law in a practical setting of a war crimes tribunal. The moot problems are fictional, but deal with real issues.

The teams are organised by the law schools. If you are a student in a New Zealand Law School and wish to find out more, contact your Dean in the first instance, or rebecca.dudley@redcross.org.nz

Download the moot problem and the rules below.

Moot Court Competition 2019 - Moot Problem (PDF)
IHL Moot Court Competition Rules 2019 (PDF)

How the Moot Competition works

The IHL Moot is open to teams from all the law schools in New Zealand. New Zealand Red Cross does not select participants; teams are selected through the mooting society active in each Law School and/or at the discretion of the Dean of the Law School or academic faculty who is working with student mooters. There may be internal competitions or other methods of selection at each school before teams register.

After registration, New Zealand Red Cross sets up travel and accommodation arrangements for participants to arrive early Saturday morning and depart Sunday morning. To achieve the most economic cost to New Zealand Red Cross, this usually involves travelling very early Saturday morning and accommodation for one night. Further arrangements can be negotiated at the participant’s expense for any difference in cost.

On Saturday morning, the moot preliminaries get underway, judged by IHL experts from wide-ranging professional backgrounds. At lunchtime, the finalists are announced. The final is held on Saturday afternoon in the Old High Court and judged by a panel of distinguished senior judges.

Following the final and the awarding of the trophy, all the participants attend a reception on the Saturday evening. There, a further award is made to the best speaker in the competition. The reception is the formal end of proceedings.

Resources

For a general introduction to IHL, there are lots of great resources on our What is IHL? page.

There's also an introductory e-learning course Introduction to International Humanitarian Law on the Kaya Connect platform, a learning partner of ICRC. 

For more detailed resources, there are lots of links and references mentioned in these documents:

ICRC IHL resources (PDF)
Digital IHL tools (PDF)