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2013 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 Third Annual International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition in Fall 2012. The Competition is designed to promote and enhance scholarship in international humanitarian law (IHL) among students, as well as to deepen their understanding of this important and evolving area of law.

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 Competitionpromotes 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.

Congratulations to Antoine Perret and Sharad Bansal, the winners of the 2013 Competition! Antoine is a PhD law student from France at the European University Institute, and is currently a Visiting Research Scholar with the Center of Latin American and Latino Studies at American University. His paper, “In the Crosshairs: The Spirit of International Humanitarian Law in the War on Drugs," receive the first-place prize. Sharad Bansal, a law student at the National Law School of India University, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore, received the second-place prize for his paper, "Individuals’ Right to Reparations for Violations of International Humanitarian Law.”

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Competition! We received 42 submissions from 11 countries around the world and are very gratified by the response to the Competition.

On April 3, 2013, the Center and ASIL will convene the Competition's culminating conference entitled The Intersection of IHL and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. The 2013 Competition winners will present their papers in discussion with an esteemed panel of IHL experts, followed by an in-depth roundtable discussion with high-level experts on the intersection of IHL and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). For more information, visit the conference Event Page.

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;
  • Prof. David Crane, Professor of Practice, Syracuse University College of Law;
  • Dean Claudio Grossman, Dean, American University Washington College of Law;
  • Hadar Harris, Executive Director, American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law;
  • Col. Dick Jackson, Chairperson, Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict, American Society of International Law;
  • Gabor Rona, International Legal Director, Human Rights First;
  • Prof. Marco Sassoli, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

ROUND ONE JUDGES

  • Prof. Laurie Blank, Director, International Humanitarian Law Clinic, Emory University;
  • Prof. Caroline Davidson, Assistant Professor of Law, Willamette University;
  • Prof. Aaron Fellmeth, Professor of Law, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law;
  • Prof. Eric Jensen, Associate Professor of Law, Brigham Young University Law School;
  • Jennifer Khurana, Director, IHL Dissemination, American Red Cross
  • Prof. Stefan Kirchner, Chair, Department of Public Law, Georg-August University;
  • Prof. Claudia Martin, Professorial Lecturer in Residence, American University Washington College of Law;
  • Michael Meier, Attorney-Adviser, Office of Political-Military Affairs, U.S. Department of State;
  • Dr. Melanie O’Brien, Research Fellow, Centre for Excellence in Policing and Security, Griffith University;
  • Laura Olson, Member, American Society of International Law;
  • Prof. Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Professorial Lecturer in Residence, American University Washington College of Law;
  • Prof. Susana  SaCouto, Director, War Crimes Research Office, American University Washington College of Law;
  • Dr. Gentian Zyberi, Independent Researcher

Learn more about past Competitions

2012 International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition

2011 International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition