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Law lecturer speaks on war crimes

Monday, 21 March 2011


Senior Lecturer in Law Mr Michael Crowley recently presented at the Keynote Seminar for the 9th Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot in Hong Kong. The event was hosted by Mr Paul Starr, Partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques, at the Australian law firm’s Hong Kong office.

The moot competition itself is co-organised by the Hong Kong Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross, and supported by law schools at the University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, and Chinese University of Hong Kong.

It is the only international humanitarian law moot competition in the Asia-Pacific region, and aims to raise awareness of international humanitarian issues amongst law students through examination of a hypothetical scenario based on genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. This year’s competition attracted twenty university teams from the Asia-Pacific Region.

Mr Crowley has been involved with the moot competition since 2007, as both the author of the moot problems and as a judge. The competition involves over 50 lawyers, academics and diplomats acting as judges in the general and semi-final rounds. In this year’s competition, Mr Crowley was one of three on the judging panel for the final round, alongside Mr Antoine Bouvier, a Legal Advisor for the International Committee of the Red Cross (Geneva), and His Honourable Justice Patrick Chan, Permanent Judge, Court of Final Appeal, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

In the Keynote Seminar, Mr Crowley spoke on the topic 'The role of international tribunals in the prosecution and punishment of war crimes' to an audience of law students, mooting coaches, academics and legal practitioners. Mr Bouvier also spoke, on the topic of ‘The ICRC and the repression of national war crimes and other serious violations of IHL’.

“It is important to support the dissemination of international humanitarian law, and by sharing my knowledge and skills in this area, I hope to encourage the interest of others within the legal community,” Mr Crowley said.

Mr Crowley is involved with many moot competitions in the Asia-Pacific region, taking ECU teams to the LAWASIA International Moot Competition and Vis Moot (East).

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Senior Lecturer
Mr Michael Crowley
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2117


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