A Competition for Arab Writers from the International Committee of the Red Cross and a Chance to Win $ 1,500

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The International Committee of the Red Cross is proud to invite you for its third edition of writing competition in Arabic to engage the Arabic speaking scholars on relevant IHL discussions and to provide an academic platform for legal debates. The year 2019 is the 70th anniversary of the four Geneva Conventions (GCs). Today, the universally-ratified GCs represents one of the greatest achievements of inter-state cooperation.
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.


  1. The article should be written in Arabic.
  2. This competition is for Arabic speaking States.
  3. Manuscripts should be submitted in Word format in 12 pt Times New Roman font with 1.5 line spacing (including for the footnotes).
  4. Manuscripts submitted should be approximately 10,000 words, footnotes included.
  5. All manuscripts should be accompanied by a short abstract (less than 100 words) summarizing the main content/argument of the article.
  6. A few keywords should be identified for easy web search and referencing.
  7. All manuscripts should be accompanied by a short biography (one or two sentences per author) describing the current function/affiliation of the author.
  8. No highlighting (bold, italics, underlined) should be used within the text body, except for italics for foreign language terms.
  9. Please do not use more than 3 different levels of headings.
  10. 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.
  11. Rules of punctuation common in most of the Arabic countries have to be respected.
  12. Use Arabic numbers, not Hindi. Numerals below 100 should be spelled out, except for ages, which should always be given in digits.


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

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

About International Committee of the Red Cross:

It was established in 1863, the ICRC operates worldwide, helping people affected by conflict and armed violence and promoting the laws that protect victims of war. An independent and neutral organization, its mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. It's based in Geneva, Switzerland, and employ some 16,000 people in more than 80 countries. The ICRC is funded mainly by voluntary donations from governments and from National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Djibouti, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Comoros, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
Country of residence
Any Country
Both gender
Human Rights, Media and Journalism, Literature, Writing

Opportunity Information

Opportunity Targeting
Anyone Interested
Opportunity Coverage
Opportunity will take place in
Required Documents
Sample of your work, others

Educational Conditions

Required Specialties
Arabic Language and Literature
Educational Level
No Education Level is Required
Required Languages
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