Australian Red Cross leadership in the promotion of international humanitarian law

21 December 2015 Tim McCormack

Editor's note: In this Opinion Note, Tim McCormack highlights the Australian experience of setting up and developing an IHL programme domestically as an example of how IHL can be disseminated and promoted at the national level. The Australian experience is a great success story and can serve as an example for others seeking to do the same.

About the author

Tim McCormack
Professor of Law at Melbourne Law School and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Tasmania Law School

Tim McCormack is a Professor of Law at Melbourne Law School and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Tasmania Law School. He is the Special Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague and Law of Armed Conflict Adviser to the Australian Defence Force Director of Military Prosecutions. He was Foundation Australian Red Cross Professor of International Humanitarian Law (1996–2010) and Foundation Director of the Asia Pacific Center for Military Law (2001–2010), both at Melbourne Law School. He was first appointed to the Australian Red Cross National Advisory Committee on IHL in 1991 and remains a member to this day. He chaired the Committee from 1994 to 2002 and was a National Vice-President of the Australian Red Cross from 1999 to 2001. He was awarded the Australian Red Cross Volunteer Medal in 2001 and the Distinguished Service Medal in 2014.