From 19 to 20 October 2017, KGF staff members Sofia Poulopoulou, André Nwadikwa, Janine Ensing and Arjen Vermeer, as well as former KGF staff member Abdullahi Abdulrahman Abdalla, and former Leiden IHL clinic students Marin van Hove and Ashwin Kumaar, are taking part in the 18th annual ICRC Colloquium on International Humanitarian Law in Bruges. This year the topic is "The Additional Protocols at 40: Achievements and Challenges".

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The KGF is proud to announce that on Wednesday, 27 September, the ICRC launched the ‘IHL in Action’ database in the context of its project ‘IHL in Action: Respect for the law on the battlefield’. The IHL in Action website is a collection of real case-studies documenting compliance with IHL in modern warfare. The case studies in the database were conducted by the Leiden IHL Clinic of the KGF, together with its partner IHL Clinics at Emory Law School (US), IDC Herzliya (Israel) and Roma Tre University (Italy). Now, the results of these projects can be accessed on the newly launched ICRC IHL in Action website: https://ihl-in-action.icrc.org/.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8q6dCjxO59Q

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Yesterday, 28 September, KGF Director Dr. Robert Heinsch participated in a panel discussion on the protection of medical personnel and facilities in armed conflict, hosted in cooperation with the LUMC, Médecins sans Frontières NL and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

For an overview of the discussion, see here: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/news/2017/09/notatarget

On Tuesday, 26 September, our KGF Director Dr. Robert Heinsch, together with the Directors of our cooperating IHL Clinics, Laurie Blank (Emory School of Law), Yael Vias Gvirsman (IDC Herzliya) and Giulio Bartolini (Roma Tre University), presented the work of the IHL Clinics in the framework of the 12th Advanced Seminar in IHL for University Lecturers and Researchers organized by the ICRC and the Geneva Academy. The Directors shared with the participants their experience of setting up and running the respective IHL Clinics, common elements and challenges as well as lessons learned. The presentation was followed by an interactive discussion of the value of the Clinics as IHL teaching tools.

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Yesterday, KGF director Dr. Robert Heinsch took part in a panel discussion on "Changing the narrative on IHL" at the ICRC headquarters in Geneva. In the context of the event, he presented the 18-months IHL clinic project on "positive examples for the respect of IHL" which the Leiden IHL Clinic conducted together with their counterparts at Emory Law School (US), IDC Herzliya (IS), and Roma Tre University (IT). The results of this projects can be accessed at the newly launched website on "IHL in Action": ihl-in-action.icrc.org which shows 27 case studies of compliances with IHL. See below the video of the whole event at the Humanitarium in Geneva...

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REMINDER

The forum discussion on 'The Protection of Medical Personnel and Facilities in Armed Conflict' is only one day away!

If you would like to attend, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-forum-discussion-notatarget-37618760726?n

Today at 6 p.m. live from Geneva, an expert panel about "Changing the Narrative on IHL" will be broadcasted via the website of the ICRC: please tune in if you are interested in this important topic: https://www.icrc.org/en/event/changing-narrative-ihl

On 15 and 16 September, the KGF hosted its first IHL Clinic Alumni event. Over the course of one evening and one morning, both Clinic alumni and supervisors shared their experiences following their participation in the Clinic and exchanged tips and tricks on career paths in the field of international humanitarian law. It was a great success and a tradition in the making!

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REMINDER

The forum discussion on 'The Protection of Medical Personnel and Facilities in Armed Conflict' is only one day away!

https://www.facebook.com/events/134781613808276

Médecins sans Frontières Holland (MSF Holland) and Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), together with the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will host a panel discussion on violence against medical personnel and facilities in conflict situations.

Speakers:

- Prof. Mattijs Numans MD, director LUMC Campus The Hague: Introduction.
- Prof. Barend Middelkoop MD, Public Health LUMC: The right to public health: what is needed to safeguard it in terms of confidentiality, impartiality, neutrality, patient safety and safe working environment for medical staff.
- Katrien Coppens, delegate director Artsen zonder Grenzen (MSF): The importance of respect for medical facilities and staff in the line of work for MSF, the recent incidents (Afghanistan, Yemen, CAR, DRC) and why the petition campaign.
- Dr. Robert Heinsch, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, KGF: How are medical facilities and staff protected under international humanitarian law, and the potential value of resolution 2286.
- Jelte van Wieren MA, director Stability & Humanitarian Aid at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: The position of the Dutch government, what can the Netherlands do in relation to the (temporary) seat in the UNSC.

After the presentations, there will be time for a panel discussion and Q&A with the audience. The panel discussion will be followed by drinks.

When? Thursday 28 September, 17.00-19.00 hrs.
Where? Leiden University Campus The Hague, Wijnhaven building at the Spanish Stairs.

You can register for the event (free admission) here: https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-forum-discussion-notatarget-37618760726?utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button+