On Monday 2 June the Red Cross/AULSS sponsored the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot Competition Grand Final. Acting for the Prosecution were Ms Alexandra Lontos and Mr Patrick Leeson and acting for the Defence were Ms Sarah Ahern and Ms Desislava Gancheva. The Judges for the event were Ms Stacey Henderson, Dr Rebecca LaForgia and Associate Professor Dale Stephens. The event witnessed a huge turnout of spectators and supporters.
The competition this year was fierce and the standard of advocacy throughout the competition was exemplary. 24 teams competed in the 2014 competition, a significant increase from the numbers the year before. The moot problem used this year involved a consideration of numerous IHL issues including those of civilian protection and its loss through direct participation in hostilities, the definition of military objective, precautionary measures, proportionality analysis and the question of autonomous weapons systems and their compliance with the laws applicable to armed conflict.
The winning team was Sarah Ahern and Desislava Gancheva. Ms Petra Ball, the IHL officer of the SA Red Cross, awarded certificates to the winners and runners up. Both Sarah and Desi will now represent Adelaide University at the forthcoming ALSA IHL Moot competition in Brisbane.