BRITISH RED CROSS AND ALLEN & OVERY LLP
INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW COMPETITION
"JUSTICE AND FAIRNESS"
RULES AND GUIDELINES
1. WHAT IS THE COMPETITION?
The competition is an excellent opportunity for groups of students to demonstrate the knowledge
and experience of humanitarian issues and international humanitarian law which they have gained
through their Citizenship Studies GSCE, similar citizenship qualifications or their involvement
with youth groups focusing on these issues. Competition entrants will submit entries focusing on a
humanitarian topic of their choosing. Guidance for choosing topics is given later in these
guidelines. The overall theme of the competition is "justice and fairness" and teams should try to
reflect these concepts in their work.
The competition is designed to complement students' citizenship work and entries may be based
on their controlled assessments, provided that they comply with the competition's topic guidelines.
The competition will take place in two rounds. The first round will be open to submissions in
written and/or other creative media formats (such as video or photography) from UK students aged
13 - 17 years old, in teams of no more than six students. These entries will be judged by staff
organising the competition, from the British Red Cross and Allen & Overy LLP. A panel of judges
from both these organisations will select five teams as finalists. These finalists will then present
their entries at a live final round at Allen and Overy's offices in London to be judged by a panel of
high-profile UK personalities. Decisions of all judges will be final and may not be challenged.
2. WHO MAY ENTER THE COMPETITION?
Teams comprising no more than six students may enter the competition. Entries may also be from
a youth group or other similar organisation. There are no individual categories.
Entrants should be aged 13 to 17 years of age.
Submissions made by team not conforming to these rules will not be marked.
Students, teachers and others interested in entering teams for the competition should visit the
competition website at www.redcross.co.uk/justice and complete the entry form.
3. WHAT IS THE COMPETITION TIMELINE?
Entries must be received by the British Red Cross between 2 May and 20 May 2011.
Successful finalists will be notified on 17 June 2011, or as soon as is practicable thereafter.
The live final will be held in London in October 2011 (exact date to be confirmed).
4. WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?
The team that wins first place will receive a trip to Geneva, Switzerland to visit the Red Cross
The runner up team will also receive a prize.
All entrants will receive a 'Justice and Fairness' certificate.
Submissions must deal with humanitarian issues relating to global citizenship. Entries should
have an international focus (and may or may not also be linked to local issues). The overall theme
of the competition is justice and fairness and this should be borne in mind when selecting a topic.
Please note that, as the Red Cross Movement is not a political or religious organisation and carries
out its work under the principles of neutrality and impartiality, political and/or religious issues
cannot be accepted. Whatever issue is chosen, the project should focus on the humanitarian
aspects, that is, how people are affected and how the effects can be mitigated.
Possible topics include:
child soldiers in conflicts around the world
refugees and asylum seekers (see the Positive Images website for more details at
the humanitarian impact of climate change
family reunions after armed conflict and natural disasters.
helping people after disasters and emergencies, locally and / or internationally
The above list is suggestive only and not meant to be exhaustive.
If in doubt as to the acceptability of a topic, students should first discuss the matter with their
citizenship teacher or youth leader and then, if necessary, contact the competition organisers as set
out below under the heading "Support from teachers or other adults."
The competition is open to groups of students and young people involved in citizenship activities,
in schools or youth groups. The competition is also designed to complement students' Citizenship
Studies GCSE and other similar citizenship qualifications and the competition's assessment criteria
therefore reflect the criteria set out by the Citizenship Studies examination boards. Students may
submit their Citizenship Studies controlled assessment work in an appropriate format, provided
that it complies with the topic guidelines above. Entrants may also wish to build on and further
develop the work they do as part of their Citizenship Studies courses.
6.1 Assessment criteria
Submissions will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
o Evidence that the team have researched their chosen topic carefully.
o A clear explanation of why they chose the topic and its importance.
o Evidence may take the form of printed internet pages, newspaper or magazine
articles, extracts from books or other comparable materials.
o Teams should present their own views on the topic.
Advocacy and presentation skills
o Teams should demonstrate that they have considered differing points of view on
the chosen topic.
o Teams should provide evidence that they have contacted a person in a position of
responsibility (for example a local councillor, the mayor of their town or city, a
representative of a charity active on that issue or a Member of Parliament), set
out their views on the issue and sought a response (teams may, for example,
organise a debate at their school and invite an external speaker).
o This contact may be made by way of letter, email, telephone or in person. If the
contact is made in writing then copies of the correspondence should be provided.
If the contact is not made in writing, then sufficient details should be provided for
the judges to gain an overview of the dialogue between students and the external
contact. This may be done by recording or video (with appropriate permission.)
o Teams should demonstrate that all its members were directly involved, either in
the contact made or in its preparation.
o The team should actively engage with its chosen topic;
o Action may include such activities as raising awareness in their school or local
community. Please note that fundraising of itself is not an education action
project. To qualify, fundraising must be associated with an educational activity
such as awareness raising or debate/discussion.
o Each team should describe and evidence their action.
o Entries should explain why the action was chosen and what the team expects the
impact to be.
o Each team is expected to provide a critical evaluation of their work, which should
include an assessment of the effectiveness of the students' action, whether it
achieved its aim and how it could have been improved.
o Teams should describe what they have learned from their project and whether
they intend to take any future actions.
Whilst the competition organisers are keen to encourage as many entries as possible, it should be
noted that entries submitted, which do not meet the above criteria may not be marked. In
particular, entrants should note that projects, which have not been prepared specifically with the
competition in mind, may need to be amended in order to comply with these criteria before they
are submitted, in order to make them eligible for marking.
Judges will base their assessment of students' submissions on the criteria set out above under the
section heading ""Assessment Criteria"". With each category, judges will be looking for
Express themselves clearly, concisely and persuasively, whether in writing or creative
Show originality, creativity and depth of thought;
Demonstrate clear links between the issue they have chosen and the active engagement
they have pursued;
Show evidence of teamwork and team decision-making;
Demonstrate knowledge of and an interest in their chosen topic; and
Explain the relevance of the topic.
Judges will award a mark out of 25 in respect of each of the four criteria set out above under the
section heading ""Assessment Criteria"". Each entry will, therefore, receive an overall mark out of
a possible 100.
The competition will have two rounds. The first round will involve the submission of written or
creative media entries. These will be judged in accordance with the rules set out in Section 6
Entries should reach the British Red Cross not later than 20 May 2011.
Judging of the first round will take place between 20 May and 17 June 2011. Results of the first
round will be notified to teams by email as soon as possible after judging.
The five entries receiving the highest mark out of 100 will then be invited to attend a live final in
London in October 2011. In the event of two or more entries receiving equal scores, meaning that
more than five teams would be eligible for the final, the judges may deliberate and reach a
decision as to which of the teams with equal scores should be invited.
At the live final, the five teams will be expected to give a 15 - 20 minute presentation of their
project. The judges may also ask questions of the teams. Further details of the live final will be
given to the successful finalists when they are invited to attend.
The results of the live final will be announced on the same day.
The judges' decisions in both the first and second round are final and no correspondence will be
The first round will be judged by two representatives of the British Red Cross and two
representatives of Allen & Overy LLP. The second round will be judged by a panel of five high
8. WHAT FORM SHOULD THE ENTRIES TAKE?
The competition organisers encourage all entrants to develop creative, interactive and dynamic
presentations of their work. Submissions may incorporate video, photography or other media
formats as well as written entries. When preparing projects, the organisers encourage entrants to
make use of internet and other electronic resources to publicise their work. Entrants may wish, for
example, to videos, images or audio recordings on websites which can be accessed for free by the
public. For the purposes of the submitting your entry competition, however, the organisers must
insist that entrants submit copies of all such media entries on either a DVD or USB stick.
Written entries may not exceed 3,000 words in length and must be word-processed in font Times
New Roman or Arial and in a font size of at least 11 point. Recorded entries, whether by way of
audio, visual or other medium, may not exceed twelve minutes in length. Entries may include a
combination of written and creative media. If submitting an entry in a mixed format, the written
part of the submission may not exceed 2,000 words and the recorded part should be no longer than
eight minutes. The organisers reserve the right not to mark entries which do not comply with
9. WHEN AND HOW MAY ENTRIES BE SUBMITTED?
No entry for the first round may be submitted before 2 May 2011 and all entries must be received
by the Red Cross by no later than 20 May 2011.
Entries may be submitted by email to LBarclay@redcross.org.uk or may be posted to:
Senior Education Advisor
British Red Cross
London EC2Y 9AL
If a team submits its entry by post, please use Royal Mail recorded delivery. Entries received after
20 May 2011 will not be judged, so please allow sufficient time for delivery, if submitting entries
by post. The competition organisers will not be able to return submitted entries, so it is important
that teams retain a copy of their work.
The results of the first round will be notified to teams by email. Teams must therefore include the
email address of at least one team member in their submission. If a team is entering as part of a
school or youth project, the team must also include the email address of the teacher or youth leader
10. SUPPORT FROM TEACHERS OR OTHER ADULTS
Teams may receive limited support and guidance from teachers and other school staff, as well as
adults outside of school. Students will also have the opportunity to communicate with staff from
the British Red Cross and Allen & Overy by sending questions via email to Linda Barclay at
LBarclay@redcross.org.uk. British Red Cross staff members may provide students with
information about issues relating to humanitarian law and other relevant humanitarian issues, and
Allen & Overy lawyers may provide guidance as to where students may direct their research or
provide assistance in contacting people in positions of responsibility or making further enquiries.
This service should be used to assist teams in their work but should not be seen as a replacement
for first-hand research and work by the teams directly. The Red Cross and Allen & Overy may, at
their own discretion, decline to answer questions.
Competition submissions must be the students' own work-product. Should the judges discover that
any submission is not substantially the students' own work-product, that team will be disqualified.
11. WHAT OTHER FORMS OF SUPPORT CAN TEAMS SEEK FROM THE RED
Support will also be available to assist the five teams selected to participate in the live final round
with the costs of travelling to and from London.
By submitting an entry to this competition, applicants agree that details from their entry (including
name, age and school) can be used by Allen & Overy and/or the British Red Cross for publicity
purposes. This might involve details appearing in print or online media, or other promotional
material. Photographers will be present at the live final, and photographs taken of finalists may be
used for publicity purposes.
If there is any reason why this clause cannot apply and applicants still want to enter, please contact