Vacancy for Intern/Guest Researcher positions

Twice a year (starting in September and February), for a period of three to six months, the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is looking for Interns or Guest Researchers (usually 1 or 2 open positions), who would be interested in contributing to the projects of the Forum, taking part in the activities and research of the Forum, as well as supporting its IHL Clinic, while having the possibility to conduct their own research. The September period preferably runs until the end of January, the February period ends in July. Start and end dates have a certain flexibility.

Your profile
The Forum is looking for interested and motivated LL.M. graduates or PhD candidates with a strong knowledge of international humanitarian law, human rights law, or international criminal law. The desired candidates should be highly motivated to work in the humanitarian field, and have experience in being part of a team. Previous experience in coordinating and/or supervising (research) projects is seen as an asset. More senior candidates (with a completed PhD) are also encouraged to apply, if they are interested in contributing as general advisors to the Forum and its IHL Clinic.

The areas of the Forum’s work
Activities the candidate during the stay at the Forum would include the involvement in the supervision and research of at least one of the Forum’s IHL Clinic teams. These Clinic teams, which consist of usually 3-4 LL.M. students, are preparing expert opinions and reports for our cooperation partners, mainly NGOs in the humanitarian field. The candidate would support the students in their research to prepare, e.g., a case before a human rights court, an international criminal tribunal, or before a national court, as well as drafting a report on special IHL/HRL issues. Usually, the candidate will share the supervision work with at least one other research assistant of the Forum. Other tasks might include the preparation and organization of panel discussions and the upcoming IHL Clinic exchange conference, liaising with our partners on future projects, as well as assisting in the ongoing process of further institutionalizing the Forum’s work and its IHL Clinic. Apart from that, the candidate will be included in the general (research) activities of the Forum and the Grotius Centre, and has the chance to take advantage of the resources of Leiden Law School and its closeness to the international institutions in The Hague. Supervision for the candidate’s own research project will be provided.

General information
The Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law provides a platform within the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies for research, teaching and further dissemination of international humanitarian law. The Forum was established in 2011 and named after Frits Kalshoven, Professor Emeritus of public international law and international humanitarian law at Leiden Law School, and the Gieskes-Strijbis Fund. The Forum is directed by Associate Professor Dr. Robert Heinsch. The Forum seeks to stimulate and coordinate research within the Grotius Center in the field of international humanitarian law. Since 2012, the Forum also offers selected students of Leiden University the opportunity to participate in its IHL Clinic to work on research projects of partner institutions in the field (Cooperation Partners) such as the ICRC, national Red Cross societies and NGOs that work in the humanitarian field. Part of the IHL Clinic includes also an international cooperation with three partner IHL clinics at Emory Law School (Atlanta, USA), Radzyner Law School (IDC Herzliya, Israel), and Roma Tre University (Rome, Italy).

Application documents
Please submit your application two months prior to the start of the position (1 July or 1 December, before 17:00) via email to: r.w.heinsch@law.leidenuniv.nl. Your application should consist of (1) a motivation letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) an overview of the grades you obtained during your previous studies. Please submit the three components of your application in one pdf document.