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Russian Federation: Essay competitions promote international humanitarian law

21-05-2003 News Release 03/59

In cooperation with the Russian Association of International Law (RAIL), the ICRC launched an essay competition on international humanitarian law last week for undergraduate and postgraduate students in law faculties of the Russian Federation.

The aim was to spread knowledge of humanitarian law and encourage students to conduct independent research in this field of study. The essays submitted must focus on one of two major topics – the International Criminal Court or the applicability of international humanitarian law to the “war on terrorism”. In December the ICRC and RAIL will convene a scientific conference in Moscow where the winners will be selected. All essays will be thoroughly examined by a jury of RAIL members, and the best works will be published as a collection of articles.

Similar competitions are also being held in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and the southern Caucasus, where ICRC delegations are cooperating with national bodies helping to implement and promote humanitarian treaties, and with universities, international law associations and student organizations.

The ICRC began promoting international humanitarian law in universities of countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States in 1995. Since then, international humanitarian law has become a mandatory subject in law and journalism faculties, and has also been widely taught in international relations faculties.

 Further information: Annick Bouvier, ICRC Geneva, tel. ++41 22 730 24 58  

 Dmitry Polikanov, ICRC Moscow, tel.: ++ 7095 926 54 26