nationalsecuritylaw American Red Cross launches the Clara Barton IHL Competition

This is just really, really cool:

From: Sigmund, Eric C. []
Sent: Tuesday, October 08, 2013 4:07 PM
Subject: Clara Barton IHL Competition
Importance: High

Dear International Law Practitioners,

The American Red Cross is excited to announce the creation of the 1st Annual Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition. Named after the founder of the American Red Cross, this event is a simulation-based moot court competition for students interested in international humanitarian law (IHL), also known as the “law of war” or “law of armed conflict.” Designed to introduce students to real-world challenges experienced in the field during armed conflict, the Competition places participating teams in the shoes of humanitarian law practitioners and tasks competitors with addressing complex legal issues in a number of unique fictional, but realistic, situations. As the only competition of its kind offered within the United States, this experience provides students with a phenomenal opportunity to enhance their understanding of international humanitarian law through practical, experiential exercises. The Competition will be held in the Greater Washington, D.C. area from March 12-15, 2014.

Modeled on the world renowned Concurs Jean-Pictet competition, each round of the Clara Barton Competition will present a new case study building upon a larger hypothetical armed conflict. During each round, teams will be asked to assume various professional roles and accomplish a variety of objectives consistent with the positions of the organizations, groups, or entities that they represent. The competition will test participants’ knowledge of international humanitarian law and international public law, as well as their ability to present, advocate, and defend legal positions with a diverse range of stakeholders in different simulated environments.

The Competition is open to current law students pursuing Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Master of Law (LL.M.) degrees at U.S. law schools, as well as students attending U.S. military academies. Teams are composed of three students, and only one team may represent each eligible academic institution. Prior study in public international law, although not required, is highly recommended. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, the American Red Cross will cover hotel accommodations and meals for participating teams during the Competition. Travel expenses to and from the Competition are not included.

Registration for the Competition opens on October 28, 2013 on the Competition website found below. In order to apply, interested teams must: 1) complete a standard application form; 2) provide a statement of interest; and 3) complete a written legal brief based on an initial hypothetical problem. A $100 non-refundable application fee will also be required upon submitting the application. Applications and statements of interest are due no later than 10:00pm EST on November 29, 2013. Legal briefs must be submitted no later than 10:00pm EST on December 13, 2013. All required Competition materials and further information may be found on the Competition website at

For your convenience you will find a copy of the Competition Flyer and Backgrounder attached to this email. Please assist us in disseminating this information to your student body. Any additional questions can be directed to the Competition Committee at clarabartoncompetition. We hope your institution is represented at the Competition and look forward to receiving your team’s submissions. Good luck!

Warm regards,

The Competition Committee

Eric C. Sigmund| Legal Advisor, International Humanitarian Law Dissemination | Ë American Red Cross | 2025 E Street, NW | Washington, DC 20006 | Tel. + 1 202/303.5001| Mobile +1 443/970.2512

For daily IHL updates, follow the IHL Dissemination Team on Twitter @RulesofWar (; and also see Humanity in the Midst of War, a new blog discussing the laws of armed conflict and their applicability to crises around the world at

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Clara Barton Competition Flyer with Website .pdf

Clara Barton Backgrounder.pdf

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