The SMU team wins the 20th Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Competition

Singapore Management University (SMU) Law School won the 20th Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Competitionwhich was held from March 9 to 13, 2022. Held virtually this year, the competition was jointly organized by the Hong Kong Red Cross Society and the ICRC’s East Asia Regional Delegation, in collaboration with the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong. Kong.

Distinguished judges included the Honorable Madam Justice Carlye Chu, Appeal Judge of the High Court Court of Appeal (Hong Kong), Dr Michael Crowley, an experienced lawyer and law scholar in Western Australia and New -South Wales, Professor Sten Idris Verhoeven, law scholar and fictional issues writer, and Professor Gregory Gordon, professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

It was SMU’s third appearance in the finals in this competition, which had around 100 entered teams and 24 qualified teams from countries across Asia-Pacific vying for the league title. The SMU Yong Pung How School of Law team was represented by Soh Zuhua (Juris Doctor, Year 2), and LLB students Meher Malhotra (4th year), and Alyssa Tang Hui Lin (3rd year). They were coached by alumni Kartik Singh (LLB, 2018), Lyndon Seow (LLB, 2020), Tan Bae Huey (LLB, 2020) and Bill Puah Ee Jie (LLB, year 2, student coach).

The objectives of the Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Competition include raising awareness among law students of international humanitarian issues, improving knowledge and application of international humanitarian law (IHL), promoting the spirit of humanity among law students in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as to promote understanding of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

The theoretical problem the teams faced this year concerned an AI program developer, who provided various AI software and drones to a state party to an international armed conflict. This was particularly novel because none of these people had been brought before the International Criminal Court in their history, and no cases involved the use of artificial intelligence programs and drones with fully autonomous targeting capabilities. During the competition, teams addressed questions such as “Can anyone be criminally responsible for acts committed by a fully autonomous weapon system? “.

Leader Meher Malhotra said, “This year’s issue touched on a developing area of ​​law regarding a software developer’s liability. Given the short deadline, the preparation was difficult. However, thanks to the dedication and hard work of our team, we knew we could make it happen. We have huge gratitude to our coaches Lyndon, Bae Huey and Kartik for all their support and for really believing in us.

She added: “Mooting is much more than just a performance. The debate on international humanitarian law, for example, is intimately relevant and linked to the events we see today in Ukraine. Due to our fictional subject’s close relevance to the current situation in Ukraine, our team agreed that it would be meaningful to do our part by donating our $2,000 prize to humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.

Congratulations to the team for their victory and their heartwarming gesture.

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