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2014 International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition

The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Center) at American University Washington College of Law, together with the American Society of International Law's Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict (ASIL), launched the Fourth Annual International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition in Fall 2013. Each year, the Center and ASIL partner in holding this competition as part of a joint effort to promote and enhance scholarship in international humanitarian law (IHL) among students.

This competition is part of a multi-pronged initiative to expand and support the teaching and study of IHL among both students and professors in which both the Center and ASIL have been deeply involved. In 2007, the Center published a study with the International Committee of the Red Cross on Teaching International Humanitarian Law in US Law Schools. The study identified a growing need for resources to support and expand the teaching of IHL among law faculty, but also a desire to support the interest of students in learning about IHL. The IHL Student Writing Competition promotes and supports student interest and deepening scholarship in IHL by providing students with a tangible way to become more directly involved in the global discourse around IHL.

Michele Krech addresses the Center and American Society of International Law upon winning the competition.

Congratulations to Michele Krech, the winner of the 2014 Competition! Ms. Krech is a J.D. student at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law as well an an M.A. candidate at the The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. Her paper, Technological Asymmetry and the Law of Armed Conflict: The Intersection of Law and Politics in the Creation of Differentiated State Obligations was selected by a panel of distinguished academics and practitioners specialized in International Humanitarian Law.

Ms. Krech will join a panel of expert academics and practitioners from across the world to discuss her paper as well as the topic of international humanitarian law and emerging technologies in a global virtual conference on May 8, 2014 at 12:00pm EDT. Click here to register for the conference.

The Center and ASIL wish to thank everyone who participated in this year's competition.

A Special Thank You to Our 2013 Honor Jury and Judges

We would also like to thank our panel of seven distinguished judges who served as the 2013 Honor Jury, as well as the prestigious group of academics and practitioners who served as judges for the first round of evaluating submissions for the competition. Without their help, this competition would not have been possible.

HONOR JURY

Antoine Bouvier, Legal Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross;
Dean Claudio Grossman, Dean, American University Washington College of Law;
Col. Dick Jackson, Special Assistant to the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General for Law of War Matters;
Prof. Eric Jensen, Chairperson, The American Society of International Law's Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict and Associate Professor of Law, Brigham Young University Law School;
Prof. Marco Sassoli, Director of the Department of Public International Law and International Organizations, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights;
Prof. Gary Solis, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center and International Institute of Humanitarian Law

ROUND ONE JUDGES

Prof. Laurie Blank, Director, International Humanitarian Law Clinic, Emory University;
Prof. Caroline Davidson, Assistant Professor of Law, Willamette University;
Maj. John Dehn, Senior Fellow, West Point Center for the Rule of Law and Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Law;
Prof. Aaron Fellmeth, Professor of Law, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law;
Prof. Kate Jastram, Senior Fellow, Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law and Lecturer in Residence, University of California, Berkeley School of Law;
Prof. David Kaye, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine Law School;
Prof. Stefan Kirchner, Visiting Professor for Fundamental and Human Rights, University of Lapland;
Lt. Col. Kurt Larson, Senior Litigation Counsel, United States Department of Justice;
Prof. Claudia Martin, Professorial Lecturer in Residence and Co-director of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law;
Dr. Melanie O'Brien, Research Fellow, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security;
Laura Olson, President, Blackletter Consulting, LLC;
Prof. Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Professorial Lecturer in Residence and Co-director of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law;
Prof. Susana SaCouto, Professorial Lecturer in Residence and Director of the War Crimes Research Office, American University Washington College of Law;
Eric Sigmund, Legal Advisor for International Humanitarian Law, American Red Cross
Prof. Ryan Vogel, Policy Advisor, Office of the Secretary of Defense and Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service, American University
Dr. Gentian Zyberi, Faculty Member, Norwegian Center for Human Rights, University of Oslo

Learn more about past Competitions

2013 International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition

2012 International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition

2011 International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition