ICRC writing competition

The Results of ICRC Writing Competition

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is proud to organize for the first time a writing competition in Arabic to engage Arabic-speaking scholars on relevant international humanitarian law discussions and to provide an academic platform for legal debates. 

Theme: War and children

Children are especially vulnerable in armed conflicts. Despite the protection provided by law, they continue to be recruited by armed forces and armed groups. They are often separated from their families, driven from their homes, killed or exploited in other ways.

The article should be written in Arabic.

States concerned:
Arabic-speaking states


I. Preparation of manuscripts

Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsft Word format in 12 pt Times New Roman font with 1.5 line spacing (including for the footnotes).

. Length: Manuscripts submitted should be approximately 10,000 words, footnotes included.

. Abstract: All manuscripts should be accompanied by a short abstract (less than 100 words) summarizing the main content/argument of the article.

. Keywords: A few keywords should be identified for easy web search and referencing

. Biography: All manuscripts should be accompanied by a short biography, one or two sentences about the author, describing their current function/affiliation

. Highlighting: No highlighting (bold, italics, underlined) should be used within the text body, except for italics for foreign language terms: e.g. a limine. Foreign organisations should not be set in italics.

. Headings: Please do not use more than 3 different levels of headings

    • Title Level 1
    • Title Level 2
    • Title Level 3

II. Internet References:

. For references available on the internet please indicate “available at:” followed by the full website link.

. The first internet reference should indicate the date of the last visit for all subsequent references.

Example: …, available at:  (all internet references were accessed in March 2014).

III. Editorial basics 

. Rules of punctuation common in most of the Arabic countries have to be respected. 

. Dates: Use the following style: 1 February 1989.

.Numerals: Use Arabic numbers, not Hindi. Numerals below 100 should be spelt out, except for ages, which should always been given in digits.

Awards: Three winners will be awarded

The first place winner will receive a certificate and 1,000 USD. The article will also be considered for publication by the ICRC
The second place winner will receive a certificate and 750 USD
The third place winner will receive a certificate and 500 USD

You are requested to send your article to before the 1st of December 2017.

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The results of ICRC writing competition

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