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International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Writing Competition 2019

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Writing Competition 2019

Country: Switzerland
City: Geneva
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Applications are now open for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Writing Competition 2019. The International Committee of the Red Cross is proud to organize for the third time a writing competition in Arabic to engage the Arabic speaking scholars on relevant IHL discussions also to provide an academic platform for legal debates.


The year 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the four Geneva Conventions (GCs) of 1949. Today, the universally-ratified GCs represents one of the greatest achievements of inter-state cooperation. Further,  Through the four GCs, protections are provided for wounded and sick soldiers/civilians on land and at sea, prisoners of war and civilians. In addition, a major achievement in 1949 was the inclusion of common Article 3 to all four Conventions, which provides protection to the victims of conflicts of a non-international character.

The article could tackle one of the following topics:

  • An overview of the four GCs: Have they become outdated?
  • The relevance/sufficiency of common Article 3 to regulate non-international armed conflicts
  • The success also/or failures of the GCs to humanize contemporary armed conflicts
  • Further, The effectiveness of the GCs Implementation mechanisms
  • The contemporary challenges facing GCs in today wars


The ICRC has the honor to offer 3 levels of awards:

  • The First place winner will receive a certificate also 1500 USD. In addition, the article will be considered for publication by the ICRC.
  • The second-place winner will receive Certificate also 1000 USD
  • The third-place winner will receive Certificate and 750 USD


  • Open to scholars in all Arab speaking states
  • The article should be written in Arabic
  • Preparation of Manuscripts
    • Manuscripts should be submit in 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 for easy web search and referencing
    • CV: All manuscripts should be accompanied by a short biography (one or two sentences per author) describing the current function/affiliation of the author…
    • Highlighting: No highlighting (bold, italics, underline) should be used within the text body, except for italics for foreign language terms: e.g. a limine. Foreign organizations should not be in italics.
    • Headings: Please do not use more than 3 different levels of headings


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline06 December,2019
City Geneva
Open toAll
Contact the organizer [email protected]



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