The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) 2018 Writing Competition II (3,000 USD cash prize)

Submission Deadline: December 1st 2018

The International Committee of the Red Cross is proud to organize for the second time a writing competition in Arabic to engage the Arabic speaking scholars on relevant IHL discussions and to provide an academic platform for legal debates.

Theme: The missing
Every year, countless people go missing as a result of armed conflicts, other situations of violence, natural disasters, and migration flows.Families of the missing suffer anguish and make desperate attempts in the hopes of finding their loved ones. International humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL) uphold the right of families to know the fate and whereabouts of their missing relatives. States have to make every effort to prevent people from disappearing, to search for missing persons and to deal with the consequences related to such events.

Pursuant to the mandate conferred on it by the international community, the ICRC strives to ensure that people do not go missing in the above-cited situations and to elucidate the fate and whereabouts of those who do. It also provides forensic support to managing human remains and strives to provide a comprehensive response to the many different needs of the families, combining its expertise in forensic sciences, mental health, psychosocial support, economic security and the law.

The article could focus on:
• An overview of the legal framework
• Examining the needs of families of the Missing
– Legal, economic, administrative and psychosocial needs
– Justice and public acknowledgement: the importance of accountability
• Recent developments in the humanitarian response
• Psycho-social support for the missing
• National mechanisms for addressing the issue of the missing/the disappeared

The article should be written in Arabic.

States concerned:
Arabic speaking States

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

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

I. Preparation of Manuscripts

Manuscripts should be submitted 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 identified 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, underlined) should be used within the text body, except for italics for foreign language terms: e.g. a limine. Foreign organisations should not be set in italics.
. Headings: Please do not use more than 3 different levels of headings
o Title Level 1
o Title Level 2
o Title Level 3

II. Internet References:
. For references available on the internet please indicate « available at: » followed by the full website link.
. The first internet reference should indicate the date of the last visit for all subsequent references.
Example: …, available at: (all internet references were accessed in March 2014).
III. The editorial basics
. Rules of punctuation common in most of the Arabic countries have to be respected.
. Dates: Use the following style: 1 February 1989.
.Numerals: We use Arabic numbers not Hindi. Numerals below 100 should be spelt out, except for ages, which should always been given in digits.


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) 2018 Writing Competition



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