Corn Adomnáin

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This competition is organised annually for law students across Ireland by the Irish Red Cross and is an important part of our International Humanitarian Law dissemination. 

What is the Corn Adomnáin?

What would have been its sixth year, the Corn Adomnáin Competition in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is a cross-border competition organised by the Irish Red Cross for those with an interest in this area of law. The competition gets its name from the Cáin Adomnáin, or the ‘Law of Innocents’ as it is often referred to. The Cáin Adomnáin is an early Irish IHL treaty which was signed in Birr, Co. Offaly in 697AD. Acknowledging Ireland’s strong humanitarian record, the competition aims to encourage students to engage with IHL outside of the lecture hall, and provides competitors with the opportunity to apply their legal knowledge to ‘real-life’ situations.

Students participating in the competition will take part in role-plays, simulations and moot courts, evaluated by a judging panel composed of highly experienced persons in the International Law field. Students who participate in the Corn Adomnáin are guaranteed a rich and stimulating experience that will help them improve their legal knowledge as well as their practical communication skills.

Entry Requirements

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the 2020 Edition of the competition has been postponed. Please keep an eye on our social media and website for updates regarding next year’s Corn Adomnáin entry requirements.

Team Resources

Each year, a number of team resources are published to assist teams to prepare for the competition. These include reading lists and coaching and strategy tips.

How does law protect in war?’ is a database from the International Committee of the Red Cross, providing academics, researchers and students alike with a wealth of regularly updated information, cases and references in a user-friendly format.

For further information and inquires please email or call  (01) 642 4600.

Last updated in February 2021.