China: University of Adelaide Wins IHL Moot for Asia-Pacific Region

Beijing (ICRC)—-On March 11, 2023, the 21st Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition for the Asia-Pacific Region concluded in Hong Kong, China.

After four days of competition, University of Adelaide (Australia) has won the top prize, followed by University of Auckland (New Zealand). Brickfields Asia College (Malaysia) won the best memorial for prosecutor, while the prize of best memorial for defendant went to Singapore Management University (Singapore). Ms. Annalise Delic from University of Adelaide was awarded Best Mooter of the Final Round.

Carlye Chu, Vice President of the Court of Appeal of the High Court, HKSAR, presents prizes to mooters of University of Adelaide (Australia), champion of the regional moot court. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / HKRC

“The regional moot has become a major flagship event for the dissemination of IHL, winning international acknowledgment and bringing inspiration to many participants. The competition also showcases how the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement works together to promote and disseminate IHL. ” said Mr. Ambrose Ho, Barrister-at-law and Chairman of the 21st Red Cross IHL Moot in Hong Kong, at the awards ceremony.

Marwa Shabbar, Head of Legal Department of ICRC’s Regional Delegation for East Asia, commended the participating teams for their quality of memorials and presentations and advocacy skills, which have maintained the high standard of the competition and the reputation it enjoys.

“Let us continue to work together towards a world where the IHL are respected and where the humanitarian consequences of armed conflicts are minimized.” she added.

Group photo of participants of the regional moot court competition in Hong Kong. CC BY-NC-ND / HKRC

“This year, the regional moot court competition was held on-site again after four long years. Many students and judges are thrilled to have face-to-face interaction again and they believe it’s more conducive to in-depth discussions of complex legal issues, and the side events also provide an opportunity to share personal experiences and feelings,” said Dr. Liu Xinyan, legal advisor of the ICRC Regional Delegation for East Asia.

Source : Icrc