International Humanitarian Law Clinic of the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum

“Call for Applications Spring Term 2022”

The Leiden IHL Clinic

In the framework of Leiden’s International Humanitarian Law Clinic, students of the Leiden University 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 by the Research and Teaching Associates and PhD researchers of the Forum. The overall coordination of IHL Clinic research is undertaken by the Director of the KGF, Associate Professor Dr. Robert Heinsch, LL.M.

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 January 2022, 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 specific armed conflicts, 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.

Spring Term 2022

During the Spring term 2022, the Forum is conducting two research projects. These projects are specifically offered to students of the adv. LL.M. programme in Public International Law at Leiden University. The projects are scheduled to start at the beginning of March 2022, and are expected to run until June 2022. The research period for the projects will include thematic lectures, common seminar sessions, skills sessions, and close supervision by members of the Forum.

Business and Human Rights Project: The IHL Clinic research project on Business and Human Rights (BHR) is conducted in cooperation with the Global Rights Compliance (GRC) Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in the Hague. The project started in March 2021 and will be continued during the Spring term 2022, aiming at producing a publicly available guide on various remedy mechanisms available for victims of human rights violations by the extractive industry sector.

Cyber Law & Policy Project: The IHL Clinic research project on military cyber policies will be conducted in cooperation with the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). Students will research and analyse national and regional legislation and policies regarding military cyber capabilities, aiming at mapping norms of international law that are being addressed by relevant actors’ cyber policy and legislation.

Requirements for becoming an IHL Clinic member

The Forum is looking for interested and motivated students of the adv. 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 one of the above outlined projects.

Application procedure

If you are interested in participating in the IHL Clinic, please submit your application by Monday, 31 January 2022, 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, with the document name ‘Last name-IHLClinic2022’.