Students from Auckland Law School are heading off to Hong Kong in early March to represent New Zealand at the 15th Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot following their win at the national competition in Wellington earlier this month.
Speakers Hannah Reid and Joy Guo and researcher Tia Tureburelevu from The University of Auckland's Law School, made it through the preliminary rounds of the 5th New Zealand International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot Court Competition, before beating students from Otago University. Hannah Reid was also awarded the prize for best speaker. The finalists appeared before Sir Ken Keith, former Judge of the Supreme Court and the International Court of Justice and Judge Advocate General of the Armed Forces Kevin Riordan in the historic Old High Court building.
The national competition was co-hosted by New Zealand Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and was financially assisted by the New Zealand Law Foundation. The competition included teams from Auckland, Canterbury, Otago, Victoria and Waikato universities.
Both the national and international mooting competitions are designed to extend knowledge of international humanitarian law (IHL). Also known as the law of war, IHL protects people who are not taking part in the fighting such as civilians, medics and aid workers. It also protects those who can no longer fight, such as wounded soldiers and prisoners of war, and restricts the kind of weapons that can be used during conflict. The national competition moot problem dealt with the protection of cultural property in conflict, targeting decisions in a modern urban environment and the vexed question of when a civilian takes part in hostilities and, as such can be lawfully targeted.
Hannah, Joy and Tia will compete in Hong Kong from 8-11 March, against over a dozen teams from around the Asia-Pacific region.