At the 2020 Frits Kalshoven Competition on IHL, the Leiden Law School team was awarded 2nd place in the finals of the competition - congratulations!!

The team was composed of Leiden University LLM students Elsy Grivel, Fernanda Garcia Pinto and Julia Tetrault-Provencher, and was coached by KGF PhD candidate Sofia Poulopoulou, with the assistance of Marina Maier.

In addition to the formal moot court, the team spent last week meeting IHL experts, attending seminars on contemporary issues of IHL & participating in role play exercises.

Warmest congratulations also to the other finalists from KU Leuven, who were judged the winner of the Competition!

Rode Kruis, Rode Kruis-Vlaanderen, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies

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Interesting new developments!

The KGF is pleased to announce that Dr. Mahmoud Abu Trabi, a Professor in Law at the Private Applied Science University (جامعة العلوم التطبيقية الخاصة) in Amman, Jordan, established a new IHL Clinic in the December 2019/January 2020. The KGF congratulates Dr. Abu Trabi and his students on this accomplishment and welcomes him to the KGF’s Global IHL Clinic Network.

The KGF is particularly pleased about this development as Dr. Robert Heinsch (the KGF’s Director) and Ms. Sofia Poulopoulou (a PhD Candidate with the KGF) only last June met our Jordanian colleague at an IHL Clinic Workshop organised by Diakonia in Amman. Dr. Mahmoud Abu Trabi not only participated in an IHL workshop last year, but also had discussions with the KGF concerning the establishment of his IHL Clinic at the Private Applied Science University (جامعة العلوم التطبيقية الخاصة) in Amman.

Our Global IHL Clinic Network is focused on fostering greater connections and relationships between already existing IHL Clinics, as well as supporting the development and establishment of new IHL Clinics such as Dr. Mahmoud Abu Trabi’s. If you or anyone you know is interested in establishing an IHL clinic, or if you already have one and would like to join our Global IHL Clinic Network, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us at the KGF! You can reach us through out website:

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Are you a student of Leiden Law School's advanced LL.M. programme in Public International Law and interested in IHL research with real-life impact?

Apply now for our spring semester IHL Clinic projects, which will kick-off in February!

More information can be found on our website: Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies

REMINDER: We are looking for guest researchers/interns, starting in February 2020!

Apply by Monday, 13 January, and join our team!

More information can be found on our website:

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Are you a recent graduate/young professional or PhD student and interested in IHL?

Then join our team and support us in the teaching, research and dissemination of IHL, including in the supervision of our IHL Clinic!

More information can be found on our website:

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10 new case studies were published on the "IHL in Action" database. One of them dealt with how "Jordan took measures to seize and safeguard the cultural property stolen during the 2003 armed conflict in Iraq and illegally smuggled within its territory. When the situation stabilized, Jordan repatriated artefacts to Iraq". This case study was prepared by former Leiden International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Clinic students, as part of the IHL in Action project which documents instances of IHL compliance.

You can read it online at:

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Thank you to all participants of our art competition 'Posters for Protected Persons' in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions! We are delighted about the wonderful posters that we received!

Due to the large number of qualified submissions, we need some more time for their consideration and will announce the winners of the competition in early January

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The KGF is happy to share that from December 15-19, Leiden’s IHL Clinic students participated in the 5th annual IHL Clinic exchange conference, which was hosted by IDC Herzliya University in Israel. This year IHL clinic students from Emory University (US), Roma Tre University (Italy), Leiden University (The Netherlands), and IDC Herzliya (Israel) all took part in a very intensive and exciting conference focused on IHL.

This conference was an incredible and unique opportunity for IHL clinic students to hear from esteemed IHL experts including: State Ambassadors; Israeli Defence Force (IDF) legal officers; Israeli Supreme Court Justices; and members from NATO, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ICRC, Chatham House, Microsoft, and more!

The entire conference was a huge success, a big thank you is owed to Yael Vias Gvirsman and her staff Dana Shemer and Or Baran, without whom this year’s conference would not have been possible. Thus, KGF would like to extend to the three of them our thanks and appreciation for all of their hard work!

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