IHL Competition: Moot Court 2022

The New Zealand Red Cross will hold the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot Court competition on in Wellington from 2-3 December 2022. The competition is open to teams from each of the 6 New Zealand law schools. 


Moot Court Competition 2022

The purpose of the IHL Moot Competition includes enhancing students’ knowledge and understanding of IHL, developing students’ capacity to apply the law in a practical and relevant manner to real-life situations, supporting the teaching of IHL in New Zealand universities, and preparing participants for IHL-related professional endeavours. 

Entry criteria

The competition is open to students studying law at New Zealand law schools. Mooting societies select their team and registration is at the discretion of the Dean of the law school.  

Read more about entry criteria in the IHL Moot Rules 2022 

For more information, contact your Dean or Rebecca Dudley, International Humanitarian Law Advisor via ihl@redcross.org.nz

Preparing for the Moot

New Zealand Red Cross co ordinates with the Dean of each law school to organise and pays for travel and two nights accommodation for participants.  Participants can request different travel arrangements but must pay any difference in costs.  

To prepare for the Moot you’ll need the 2022 Moot problem and the Moot rules. The moot problems are fictional, but deal with real issues. 

2022 Moot Problem (PDF)  

Moot Rules 

Teams must submit a Synopsis of Argument (separately for prosecution and defence) one week prior to the competition. (i.e. by 23:59 Friday 25 November 2022) Email your synopses  to  ihl@redcross.org.nz 

During the 2022 Moot competition

Friday 2 December (am) participants arrive in Wellington. 

Saturday 3 December The Moot preliminaries start in the morning judged by IHL experts from wide-ranging professional backgrounds. The finalists are announced at lunchtime.  The final is held in the afternoon in the Old High Court.  It is judged by a panel of distinguished senior judges. On Saturday evening, there is a reception for all the participants and the award for the best speaker is given. This is the formal end of the competition. 

Sunday 4 December (am) Participants travel home.

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