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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We are now accepting applications for one (or two) guest researcher/intern position(s).

Join the KGF team as of 1 February 2020!
Check out the vacancy here:

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Yesterday, our cooperation partner, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), submitted a communication to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ECCHR and other human rights organisations are requesting that the ICC open an investigation into the legal responsibility of individuals working for European companies which have provided arms to Saudi Arabia and the UAE and thereby contributed to serious violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Additionally, the ECCHR is hosting a discussion concerning the issues raised in this communication at the Humanity Hub in the Hague tonight at 18:30. And the KGF’s director Dr. Robert Heinsch will be one of the speakers at this event tonight. For more detail on this event please clink the following link:

Both The Guardian and El País have reported on this communication, please find a link to their articles attached below: