Melbourne University Law Students' Society

2017 International Humanitarian Law Moot

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.

What is IHL?

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.


Why should I participate in the IHL mooting competition?

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!



Registration is available here, and closes at 6pm on Friday 28 July 2017. If you are not able to fill a team and would like help finding one, feel free to contact us at


Key dates


Mooting Workshop:

Tuesday 25 July, Room 109 1.00PM-2.15PM

IHL crash course:

Tuesday 1 August, Room 108 1.00PM-2.15PM

Round 1:

Semester 2, Week 3: Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 August

Round 2:

Semester 2, Week 5: Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 August

Round 3:

Semester 2, Week 7: Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 September

Quarter Finals (top 8 teams):

Semester 2, Week 8: Wednesday 13 September OR Thursday 14 September

Semi Finals

Semester 2, Week 9: TBD

Grand Final

Semester 2, Week 10: Tuesday 3 October

The Grand Final will be hosted at the MLS Moot Court. Light refreshments available.

Registration Details

Teams must consist of a Senior and Junior Counsel. An Instructing Solicitor, who assists in legal research and preparation of the written submission, but does not speak during the oral submission is optional but encouraged. Team members may rotate positions during the course of the competition so that everyone gets a chance to make oral submissions.

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

Attire: Please wear business attire to your moot


Mooting Guidebook

Download the mooting guidebook here

Scoring Sheet

Download the mooting scoresheet here

IHL Moot Problem Sample

Download the IHL moot problem sample here

Written Submission Sample

Download the sample written submission here

Previous Winners

2016: Nikki Hagler, Julia Korolkova and Maria Victoria Downie

2015: Julia Nikolic, Elizabeth Flatley and Jessica Pergaminelis 

2014: N/A

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


Ken Kiat

Competitions Director

Alana Perna

Vice President