Call for Applications

Call for Applications Winter Term 2019/20

The Leiden IHL Clinic

The International Humanitarian Law Clinic is a platform in which students of the Leiden LL.M. programmes in Public International Law conduct research for various cooperation partners of the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law. The students are supervised, on the one hand by guest researchers of the Forum, who are usually former students of the programme and/or IHL Clinic, and on the other hand, by PhD fellows and assistant/associate professors engaged in the Forum.

The Clinic’s cooperation partners usually work in the humanitarian field, and they include the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Netherlands Red Cross, the German Red Cross, the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), the Coalition of the International Criminal Court (CICC), Amnesty International The Hague, Médecins Sans Frontières, and other human rights NGOs. As of September 2019, 31 research projects were successfully concluded.

These projects have included topics involving the use of certain means of warfare, questions of humanitarian assistance, possible war crimes in special conflict areas, as well as a variety of recent problematic issues surrounding the application and interpretation of international humanitarian law, the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, international criminal law and human rights law.

Academic year 2019/20

For the winter term of the academic year 2019/20, the Forum is conducting two research projects, which are the IHL in Action project and the Digitally Derived Evidence project. These projects are specifically offered to students of the regular LL.M. programme in Public International Law at Leiden University. The projects are scheduled to start on 1 October 2019, and are expected to run until end of January 2020. The four months research period for the projects will include common seminar sessions and close supervision by members of the Forum, as well as the participation in the annual IHL Clinic Exchange Conference taking place in December 2019 in Israel.

Requirements for becoming an IHL Clinic member

The Forum is looking for interested and motivated students of the regular LL.M. programme in Public International Law at Leiden Law School, who are willing to work in a team of three to six students, and are determined to contribute to either the IHL in Action project or the Digitally Derived Evidence project.

Application documents

If you are interested in participating in the IHL Clinic, please submit your application by Monday, 9 September 2019, 09:00 a.m. as indicated on Leiden University’s blackboard environment for the regular master’s programme Public International Law.

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