February 2016 Bar Bulletin
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About the Clara Barton Competition


The American Red Cross is excited to announce the 3rd Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition, to be held March 12–15 in Seattle. Named after the founder of the American Red Cross, this simulation-based, experiential legal competition will expose rising professionals to the practice of IHL and to real-world challenges facing IHL practitioners during armed conflict.

Throughout the competition, participants will engage in practical role-playing exercises, during which they will be asked to assume various professional roles and accomplish a wide range of tasks reflective of those performed by practitioners in the field. Unlike in traditional moot court competitions, participants will explore the application of the law through fictional, but realistic, case studies of armed conflict, which continue to evolve throughout the competition, offering participants a dynamic and creative atmosphere in which to explore complex legal issues.

The competition will test participants’ knowledge of international humanitarian law and public international law, as well as their ability to present, advocate for and defend legal positions to a diverse range of stakeholders in different simulated environments.

The Clara Barton Competition is open to law students pursuing Juris Doctor (J.D.), Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees at law schools within the United States and Canada, as well as students attending U.S. and Canadian military academies and institutions. For more information, go to: http://www.redcross.org/humanityinwar/clara-barton-international-humanitarian-law-competition


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