LAW OF ARMED CONFLICT INTER-ACADEMY &
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS

In the Fall of each year, cadets who are currently enrolled in or have previously completed Law 361, Modern Applications of the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC), are selected to participate in one of two LOAC competitions.  If you are interested in becoming a member of any team, or want some additional information, please contact your advisor.

San Remo LOAC Competition

This competition is addressed specifically to officer candidates worldwide to offer them enhanced training in LOAC and the opportunity to promote the respect of the rule of law.  As armed conflicts become more complicated this domain is becoming increasingly vital to the profession of military officers and armed forces in general.  Military academies from all over the world are invited to send a team of senior cadets to this unique international event.  Each team is composed of three cadets and one instructor.  Lecturers and LOAC experts from various academies, colleges, and universities are also invited to participate actively in order to bring more expertise to this world-wide competition.  The competition is divided into two main parts.  During the first two days, lectures are presented by various experts on LOAC.  Cadets are encouraged to ask questions, provide comments, and participate in debates.  They are continuously evaluated both individually and as a group (mixed group) by a panel of judges.  During the second phase, the cadets participate in a Joint Operations Center, simulating a United Nations multilateral operation where countries participate in various types of fictitious military operations.  The competition favors free, open, and respectful exchanges between cadets and instructors, and strives to promote the development of friendships and co-operation among the participants.  Individual and team prizes are awarded to the best in each category.  The competition lasts one week in the Spring and is held in English.  DFL sends three cadets to this competition. Additional information is available at: http://www.iihl.org/site/6328/default.aspx.

Concours Jean-Pictet

The Jean-Pictet Competition is a week-long training event on international humanitarian law (IHL) intended for students (undergraduate or above in Law, Political Science, military academies, etc.).  It consists in “taking law out of the books” by simulations and role plays, allowing the jury of the competition to evaluate teams’ theoretical knowledge and practical understanding of IHL.  The situations are founded on a fictitious but realistic scenario of armed conflict.  During the competition, the group dynamics alternate: meetings between the jury and one team, the jury and several teams, between two teams, etc.  Participants and the jury have roles which change – for example, Red Cross delegates in the morning and combatants in the afternoon – encouraging the participants to consider the same situation from a variety of perspectives.  Each team is accompanied throughout the competition by a tutor; they receive learning materials regularly to assist with preparation and to improve their command of IHL (as well as Human Rights Law, Refugee Law).  All tests during the competition are conducted orally.  At the end of each session, the finalists compete in the international final, following which the Jean-Pictet Prize is awarded to the best team.  Each year the competition takes place in a different location.  DFL sends three cadets every Spring.  Additional information is available at: http://www.concourspictet.org/index_en.htm.

 


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