Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Auckland law students in international Red Cross moot comp


NEWS RELEASE
27 February 2013

Auckland law students to compete at international Red Cross moot competition

Three Auckland University law students will next week travel to Hong Kong to represent New Zealand at an international humanitarian law (IHL) moot competition.

Anna Devathasan and Gretta Schumacher will compete with twenty teams from around the Asia-Pacific in the regional Red Cross IHL Moot Competition. They’ll be accompanied by their coach Ben Prewett and researcher Sara Chin.

The Auckland team won the right to represent New Zealand at the inaugural New Zealand Red Cross International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot Court Competition in November last year.

The national competition was co-hosted by New Zealand Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and saw teams from Auckland, Canterbury, Otago, Victoria and Waikato universities make their case on international legal issues.

International humanitarian law, sometimes known as the laws of wars, protects people who are not taking part in fighting – for example civilians, wounded soldiers and prisoners of war. It also restricts choice of weapons and how they can be used. The best-known of these laws are the Geneva Conventions.

The moot competition presented students with a complex scenario involving various legal issues, including the use of nuclear weapons, command chain responsibility and excessive force against civilians.

The Auckland team narrowly defeated Otago in a tightly-contested final at the historic Old High Court building, in front of a distinguished judging panel that included Supreme Court Justice Susan Glazebrook, Swiss Ambassador Dr Marion Weichelt Krupski, Law Commissioner and former Minister of Defence, Dr Wayne Mapp, and Chief Legal Advisor at NZDF Joint Forces Commander Chris Griggs. Both teams were praised for their persuasive and well-structured arguments.

New Zealand Red Cross Advocacy and Policy Manager Gabrielle Emery says the moot was an opportunity to get young people thinking about wars, laws and humanity.

“Many people are unaware of the importance of IHL in protecting humanity in times of conflict. The moot was a fantastic opportunity to engage some of our best and brightest young minds with this

fascinating and significant area of international law, and we are very pleased to have students of Anna and Gretta’s calibre representing New Zealand in Hong Kong.”

Anna and Gretta’s trip is jointly funded by New Zealand Red Cross and the ICRC.

The 11th Red Cross IHL Moot Competition will take place in Hong Kong on 14-16 March 2013 and the next New Zealand Red Cross national competition will be held in December.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Howard Davis: Orson Welles' Masterpiece - 'Chimes At Midnight'

Never widely distributed in the US, but Welles' own personal favorite and hugely influential on directors as diverse as Kenneth Branagh and Mel Gibson, a restored 50th anniversary print has now reached the New Zealand Film Festival. More>>

Off To Leeds: Wellington’s Local Naked Girl Spreads Her Wings

Wellington born, bred and based live artist Virginia Kennard, self confessed “local naked girl”, has earned a place on the MA in Performance programme at Leeds Beckett University and flies away in 2 months time. More>>

Free Diving: William Trubridge Breaks World Record

With just a single breath, New Zealand free diver William Trubridge has successfully broken his own unassisted free dive world record of 101 metres. More>>

ALSO:

RLWC 2017 Draw: New Zealand Set For A Festival Of Rugby League

New Zealand Rugby League fans will have the chance to see the Kiwis in action against the best in the Pacific region for the Rugby League World Cup 2017, as announced today at the Official Tournament Draw. More>>

ALSO:

Non-Pokemon News: Magical Park A Safer Augmented Reality For Younger Audiences

Since May, Wellington City Council has been trialling a new app, Magical Park, in collaboration with the game’s New Zealand developer Geo AR Games, in parks around the city. Magical Park uses GPS technology to get users moving around the park to play within a set boundary. More>>

'Erroneous': Pokemon App Makers On Huge Privacy Flaw

We recently discovered that the Pokémon Go account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user's Google account... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news