Adelaide Uni Law School Team Wins Prize at World IHL Mooting Competition

An Adelaide Law School team comprising Rachel Chalmers, Kellie Elmes and Olivia Bradley recently represented Australia in the The 18th Red Cross International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot that was hosted by the Hong Kong Red Cross. This is an annual international competition where teams from over 20 countries participate.

Ms Rachel Chalmers (Top left) Professor Dale Stephens (Top right), Mr Mark Giddings (Middle left), Ms Kellie Elmes (Middle right) and Ms Olivia Bradley (Bottom centre).

Ms Rachel Chalmers (Top left) Professor Dale Stephens (Top right), Mr Mark Giddings (Middle left), Ms Kellie Elmes (Middle right) and Ms Olivia Bradley (Bottom centre).  

Most of the participants themselves were winners of highly competitive national IHL mooting competitions in their own countries, hence the competition was extremely intense. This year the problem revolved around issues concerning the characterisation of conflict, the seizure of property, cyber operations, crimes against humanity and modes of individual and command liability. Our team put in an incredible effort and ultimately finished fifth out of twenty international teams and were the recipients of the coveted award for the best Prosecution Memorial for the entire competition.

The team performed brilliantly and were assisted by Mr Mark Giddings (a lawyer from Lipman Karas and a former world IHL mooting champion himself in this competition) and Professor Dale Stephens.

The team worked incredibly hard and brought great credit to themselves and Adelaide Law School in the professional and expert manner in which they participated in the competition and proved, once again, that mooting and IHL are both core strengths at Adelaide Law School.

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