IHL Master Specialization
Since September 2012, the Leiden Law School’s Master program on Public International Law offers a specialized track in International Humanitarian Law. The track enables students to specialize in international humanitarian law by taking the following courses:
- One general course on Human Rights, Humanitarian Law and Terrorism (which is compulsory for all Master students in Public International Law);
- One practicum involving issues of humanitarian law in the context of the Forum’s IHL Clinic, an official competition or moot court, currently the Kalshoven IHL Competition and the ICC Moot Court Competition (all three for a limited number of selected students), or the course Practicing International Law (default course with IHL concentration);
- One privatissimum on Contemporary Issues of International Humanitarian Law.
Furthermore, the track requires students to write their Master thesis on an issue of international humanitarian or international criminal law.
Summer School on International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practice
This summer, from 2-7 July 2018, the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on IHL will host the second annual IHL Summer School: “International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practice”. The course is designed by Dr. Robert Heinsch, in cooperation with the colleagues from the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies and in close cooperation with the Netherlands Red Cross. This unique programme, which brings together students and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, experience and perspectives, aims to give a broad overview of the laws of armed conflict, and offers a range of opportunities to test the acquisition of knowledge through interactive exercises. For more information on the programme and how to apply for the IHL Summer School 2018, please visit the Leiden University website.
The first annual IHL Summer School brought together a long list of IHL experts, including Judge Christopher Greenwood from the International Court of Justice and the Head of the Legal Section of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Dr. Knut Dörmann, who gave the 28 participants from 20 countries a deep insight into the theory and practice of international humanitarian law. The IHL Summer School 2016 included visits to the archives and the tracing unit of the Netherlands Red Cross and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia as well as a simulation of applying IHL rules in practice. See here the programme and list of speakers for the IHL Summer School 2016.
Students about the Summer School in 2016 and 2017
“I really enjoyed this course with a variety of topics, and meeting with people from different backgrounds.”
“I like it how the course provided a balance between theory and practice.”
“I thought it was excellent because I came here with little knowledge of IHL, and I am leaving with so much more.”
“I enjoyed the course very much. This was my first detailed introduction to this area of law. I have decided that this the right place for me.”
“The International Humanitarian Law Summer School at The Hague was a rewarding and fantastic experience. I had the opportunity to learn from world-renowned experts at a prestigious academic institution, Leiden University, in the International City of Peace and Justice. The organization and presentation of the course were very professional, and the university staff, especially the coordinators, welcomed us with open armed and made The Hague feel like home. I cannot recommend this Summer School enough. It was a unique experience and a fantastic networking opportunity.”