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Law lecturer offers expertise on international humanitarian law

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

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Senior Lecturer in Law Mr Michael Crowley is continuing to share his expertise and experience in international humanitarian law on a global scale – judging a recent international humanitarian law mooting competition, the 10th Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot, and also co-editing a book on the subject with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot began in 2003 in Hong Kong as a moot designed to promote international humanitarian law to local students and the public, and has since expanded to invite participation from universities across the Asia-Pacific region. Mr Crowley has been involved with the moot since 2007.

This year’s competition saw 20 universities from 15 countries represented, with Mr Crowley participating as both a judge and a keynote speaker at the competition’s seminar. As part of the judging panel during the mooting final, Mr Crowley sat alongside The Honourable Justice Patrick Chan, Permanent Judge in the Court of Final Appeal in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; and Mr Chris Harland, Regional Legal Advisor of the ICRC in New Delhi.

The competition’s seminar was hosted by Mr Paul Starr of King & Wood Mallesons, the largest law firm in the region and a great supporter of Hong Kong Red Cross and the dissemination of international humanitarian law in the area. During the seminar, Mr Crowley spoke on ‘Ethical issues in international humanitarian law’, concentrating on the issues arising from the tension between humanitarian intervention and state sovereignty, and the relationship between ethics and politics.

As the year 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the moot, Mr Crowley, along with the ICRC, also co-edited a book to complement the competition: ‘Introduction to International Humanitarian Law and the IHL Moot in the Asia-Pacific Region’. The publication’s aim is to enhance knowledge of international humanitarian law amongst students and the public, in relation to the Red Cross movement and the International Criminal Court, as well providing an understanding of human rights and international law. Chapters were contributed by experts from academia, legal practice and the judiciary.

“I hope the book enhances the future development of the moot and international humanitarian law principles in the region,” said Mr Crowley.

“I would like to thank all the contributors, as their writing reveals both expertise and experience, and will surely assist readers in gaining a comprehensive overview of this important subject.”

More information

For more information, contact Senior Lecturer in law Mr Michael Crowley.

Phone: (61 8) 6304 2117
Email: m.crowley@ecu.edu.au

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