Law professor receives distinguished service award

22 Oct 2018

A University of Queensland law professor has been honoured with an Australian Red Cross award for exceptional leadership.

Professor Anthony Cassimatis has received the Distinguished Service Award for his work as the Chair of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Advisory Committee since 2005.

Professor Cassimatis, an expert in international law, said he originally joined the Australian Red Cross in 1998 because he admired the organisation’s humanitarian work.

“In my role as chair of the Queensland IHL committee I have been able to deepen my understanding of international law,” Professor Cassimatis said.

“For those with an interest in international law, the Red Cross allows lawyers and law students to assist, in a practical way, efforts to make armed conflict more humane,” he said.

“The Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, which includes more than 190 national societies and thousands of volunteers in every country around the world, allows students and lawyers to be part of a global network dedicated to making the world a more human place.”

This award recognises Australian Red Cross members, volunteers or staff who have served in an exceptional fashion at a local, regional, divisional or national level for at least six years.

Professor Cassimatis stood down as the Chair of the IHL Advisory Committee this year to allow UQ Law School’s Professor Rain Liivoja to take over in the role.

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