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. 
Corn Adomnáin Congratulations to the 2018 winning team from Queen’s University, Belfast. Left to right – Caoimhe O’Hagan, Ross Johnston and Sara Thabeth pictured with Dr Luke Moffett.

Entry Requirements

The competition is open to all registered post-graduate students of law, as well as those who have graduated no more than 18 months prior to the closing date for entries. Entries will also be accepted from individuals registered at the Irish Defence Forces Cadet School.

Teams shall consist of three members and in order to facilitate maximum participation, academic institutions may be represented by up to two teams.

To apply, click here to download a form and email it to by Friday 15th February.

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. 

What is the Corn Adomnáin

Now in its 5th year, the Corn Adomnáin Competition in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is organised by the Irish Red Cross for Law students in Ireland. Named after Cáin Adomnáin or the ‘Law of Innocents’ as it is often referred to, an early IHL treaty signed in Birr, Co. Offaly, in 697AD, the competition aims to take the learning out of the lecture hall and provide students with an opportunity to engage the IHL on a practical level, applying their knowledge to ‘real-life’ situations. 

Students participating in the competition will take part in role-plays, simulations and moot courts. These will be evaluated by a jury composed of highly experienced people in the field of International Law. Students will be provided with coaches on the day to guide them through preparation for each competition station.

Teams from universities across the country battled it out on Saturday 10 March 2018 at the School of Law at Queen's University Belfast.

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