Call for Applications

International Humanitarian Law Clinic of the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum

“Call for applications winter term 2021/22”

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 the researchers of the Forum, who are usually former students of the programme and/or IHL Clinic, and on the other hand, by 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 2021, more than 45 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.

Winter term 2021/22

During the winter term 2021/22, the Forum is conducting two research projects. 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 in mid-October 2021, and are expected to run until the 31 January 2022. The four-month research period for the projects will include thematic lectures, common seminar sessions and close supervision by members of the Forum.

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 two to six students, and are determined to contribute to either the Digitally Derived Evidence project, or a confidential project investigating and analysing systematic violations of individuals’ rights.

Application documents

If you are interested in participating in the IHL Clinic, please submit your application by Sunday, 12 September 2021, 23:59pm (CET). Your application documents consist of (1) filling the application form at; and (2) sending an email to with the following documents: (i) a motivation letter; (ii) your CV; (iii) overview of your previous grades. Please submit all documents in one PDF document, indicating your last name in the file name.

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