The 21th Red Cross International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot(Asia-Pacific Region) was jointly held by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Hong Kong Red Cross Society. The 21th Red Cross IHL Moot was held from 8 to 12 March 2023. There was over a hundred of law students from different Asia-Pacific cities and more than 60 professionals from government, academia, legal practice and international organizations in the region will serve as judges. They all gathered in Hong Kong for this competition.
A total of 24 teams of law students competed in a series of simulated trials of controversial issues related to the protection for the natural environment, the status of prisoners of war, and the war crime of compelling the nationals of the hostile party to take part in the operations of war directed against their own country.
After four days of competition, University of Adelaide (Australia) has won the Top prize, followed by University of Auckland (New Zealand). Brickfields Asia College (Malaysia) won the Best Memorial for Prosecutor, while the prize of Best Memorial for Defendant went to Singapore Management University (Singapore). Ms. Annalise Delic from University of Adelaide was awarded Best Mooter of the Final Round.
At the prize presentation ceremony, Mr. Ambrose Ho, Barrister-at-law and Chairman of the 21st Red Cross IHL Moot said, "The regional moot has become a major flagship event for the dissemination of IHL, winning international acknowledgment and bringing inspiration to many participants. The competition also showcases how the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement works together to promote and disseminate IHL. "
The purpose of the IHL competition is to raise awareness of and highlight the importance of international humanitarian law. It cultivates the humanitarian spirit among students and raise their interests in humanitarian law, and strengthens their understanding of the Red Cross Movement and the work of the Red Cross. In addition to the competition, students were also encouraged to participate in Hong Kong Red Cross Society activities to promote the discussion of humanitarian issues. Through these activities, they were also able to better understand the perspectives of prison guards, detainees, and refugees, and explore in depth the various aspects of humanitarian issues. The Red Cross hopes that in participating in these activities, students can establish humanitarian views and actively participate in humanitarian activities.