Call for Applications

Call for Applications Spring Semester 2019

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 March 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 2018/19

For the spring semester of the academic year 2018/19, the Forum is planning to conduct one research project with one of its cooperating partner. This project is specifically offered to students of the advanced LL.M. programme in Public International Law at Leiden University. The project is scheduled to start on 18 March 2019, and is expected to run until mid-June 2019. The three months research period for the project will include 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 advanced LL.M. programme in Public International Law at Leiden Law School, who are willing to work in a team of four to six students, and are determined to produce a substantive report of high quality on issues raised by the cooperation partner.

Application documents

If you are interested in participating in the IHL Clinic, please submit your application by Monday, 11 March 2019, 10:00 a.m.via email to and to Your application should consist of (1) a motivation letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) an overview of the grades you obtained during your studies and (4) an English writing sample (five pages max.). Please submit the four components of your application in one PDF document that contains your last name in the file name.

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