Join the 2018 IHL Moot Facebook Group HERE.
In addition to the standard mooting competition, the LSS offers students the chance to participate in an International Humanitarian Law mooting competition which runs during semester 2. The IHL mooting competition requires each team to present an oral submission to a mock international war crimes tribunal. The LSS strongly encourages students across all year levels to apply, including first years looking to gain valuable mooting experience and exposure to a different area of law.
International humanitarian law is also known as the laws of war and armed conflict. As a set of rules and principles IHL aims, for humanitarian reasons, to limit the effects of armed conflict. It protects people who are not or are no longer participating in hostilities and restricts the means and methods of warfare.
Unlike the other mooting competitions, the same problem is used throughout the competition. This enable competitors to concentrate on developing their mooting skills and utilise feedback from judges to improve their submissions and arguments from round to round.
The competition also adopts a round-robin style format, with finals at the end for the teams who have done the best throughout the preliminary rounds. By doing away with the standard elimination format, it means that competitors are guaranteed to participate in several moots without the risk of being knocked out straight away.
The competition is run during semester 2 which allows students to compete in other competitions as well. The majority of internal competitions start to tail off in second semester thus giving students the opportunity to compete in multiple competitions.
Finally, participation in the competition exposes competitors to an area of law that they may have not had much exposure to. If you are interested in joining the Melbourne Journal of International Law or participating in subjects such as Global Lawyer or Institutions in International Law, we encourage you to consider gaining some experience and exposure to international law through this competition!
Time commitment: The problem will be released two weeks prior to your first moot. IHL mooting problems are often quite complex so expect to spend several hours researching and writing your submission during these two weeks but as the same problem is used throughout the competition, you will only need to spend a few more hours preparing for all the moots.
Team size: 2–3 members
Registration: CLOSED – this is a semester two competition. Registration will re-open in Week 1 of Semester 2, 2018.
Tuesday 24 July 2018, Room G08, 1.00-2.00PM (TBC)
IHL Workshop/Crash Course:
Tuesday 31 July 2018, Room G08, 1.00-2.00PM (TBC)
Semester 2, Week 3: Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 August 2018
Semester 2, Week 5: Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 August 2018
Semester 2, Week 7: Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 September 2018
Quarter Finals (top 8 teams):
Semester 2, Week 8: Wednesday 12 September or Thursday 13 September 2018
Semester 2, Week 9: Tuesday 18 September or Wednesday 19 September 2018 (TBC)
Semester 2, Week 10: (TBC) – the Grand Final will be hosted at the MLS Moot Court. Light refreshments available.
Download the mooting scoresheet here.
Download the IHL moot problem sample here.
Download the sample written submission here.
2017: Harrie Bantick and James Hogan
2016: Nikki Hagler, Julia Korolkova and Maria Victoria Downie
2015: Julia Nikolic, Elizabeth Flatley and Jessica Pergaminelis
2013: Jessica Cao, Stephanie Mercuri and Lucy Nihill
2012: John Manwaring, Brigid McCarthy and Sophie Wade
2011: Eamon Kelly and Georgia Boyce
2010: Nahal Zebarjadi and Emma Poole