Saturday, 16 July 2016

2016 International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition


American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law (Center), the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society (ASIL), and the American Red Cross International Humanitarian Law team are pleased to announce the Sixth Annual International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition. The Competition seeks submissions of academic papers on the topic of international humanitarian law (IHL) from students currently enrolled in a law degree program in the United States or abroad. The purpose of the Competition is to enhance scholarship and deepen understanding among students in this important area of international law.

Theme

“Refugee Protections under International Humanitarian Law”

Organizer

Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law (Center), the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society (ASIL), and the American Red Cross International Humanitarian Law.

Prizes

The Organizers will grant one award for the best paper submitted. The Organizers reserve the right to make no award in the event that the submitted articles presented do not meet the minimum requirements and standards as determined by the Organizers. The Award for the winning author will consist of:
A one-year student membership with the American Society of International Law;
The opportunity to have their abstract published in the renowned Human Rights Brief, a student-run publication with over 4,000 subscribers in over 130 countries;
The opportunity to present his or her winning paper through a video presentation to be featured as part of the Organizer’s Teaching International Humanitarian Law Initiative;
A certificate confirming that the student has won the 2016 International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition.

Deadline

October 5, 2016, at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time

Guidelines
Students must currently be enrolled, as of October 5, 2016, in a law degree program (JD, LLM or equivalent) at an ABA accredited U.S. law school or foreign law school with an equivalent accreditation. In order to verify enrollment, all submissions must be accompanied by a Confirmation of Enrollment form (to be submitted online along with the paper submission, or by mail or fax).
Students must submit an unpublished, unedited paper written solely by the candidate in English or translated into English (if written in another language).
Submissions must be academic papers on a legal topic related to this year’s theme, “Refugee Protections under International Humanitarian Law.” Papers should focus on ways in which IHL intersects with refugee issues. Papers without a direct focus on this theme will not be reviewed. For the purposes of this competition, international humanitarian law means that area of international law that regulates the conduct of armed hostilities or armed conflict. Examples of acceptable topics include, but are not limited to: refugee status, how refugee protections are affected by issues of gender, race, class, and nationality, the impact of IHL on resettlement and statelessness, etc..
The papers must not exceed 25 pages, including footnotes. The body should be double-spaced and written in Times New Roman, font size 12. Footnotes should be single-spaced in Times New Roman, font size 10. All margins should be 1 inch (approximately 2.5 cm) each.
Sources must be cited according to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation(basic rules available athttp://www.law.cornell.edu/citation/), or an equivalent method of citation which clearly identifies sources.
Authors must keep copies of all source materials – i.e., photocopies of all pages used from a particular source – and must provide them to the Organizers upon request.
Only one submission will be accepted per student. If the Organizers receive more than one paper, none of the student’s submissions will be considered.
The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 5, 2016, by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Articles should be submitted via email toTeachingIHL@wcl.american.eduas Microsoft Word attachments. Each person submitting a paper must fill also out and submit a Submission Form and a Confirmation of Enrollment Form. Students experiencing difficulty using the form should email questions toTeachingIHL@wcl.american.edu.
Students will receive an e-mail confirmation that their submission was received no later than 24 hours after the submission deadline and should contact the organizers in the event they do not receive a confirmation e-mail.
For complete Competition rules, click here. For additional Competition FAQs ,click here.

Inquiries

For any questions, comments, or concerns, call 202-274-4180 or email, teachingIHL@wcl.american.edu

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