Vacancy for one (or two) pro bono guest researcher(s) / intern(s)

For a period of three to six months, starting on 1 February 2020, preferably until 31 July 2020, the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law (KGF) is looking for one (or two) pro bono guest researcher(s) / intern(s), who would be interested in contributing to the projects of the Forum, taking part in the activities and the research of the Forum, as well as supporting its International Humanitarian Law Clinic (IHL Clinic), while having the possibility to conduct their own research.

General information

The KGF provides a platform within the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies for the 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 and it seeks to stimulate and coordinate research within the Grotius Centre in the field of international humanitarian law. Since 2012, the Forum also offers select students of Leiden University the opportunity to participate in an IHL Clinic to work on research projects for partner institutions in the field (cooperating partners) such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, national Red Cross societies and NGOs that work in the humanitarian field. Part of the IHL Clinic includes also an international cooperation with partner IHL Clinics at Emory Law School (Atlanta, USA), Radzyner Law School (IDC Herzliya, Israel), and Roma Tre University (Rome, Italy), as well as with other (emerging) IHL Clinics across the world through the KGF-coordinated Global IHL Clinic Network.

The areas of the Forum’s work

Activities of the candidate(s) during their 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. 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/Human Rights Law 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 IHL Clinic exchange conference, supporting the coordination of the IHL Clinic Network, 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 proximity to the international institutions in The Hague. Supervision for the candidate’s own research project will be provided.

Your profile

The Forum is looking for an interested and motivated LL.M. graduate or Ph.D. candidate with a strong knowledge of international humanitarian law, human rights law, or international criminal law. The desired candidate 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, as well as language skills are seen as an asset.

Application documents

Please submit your application by Monday, 13 January 2020 via email to: and to Your application should consist of (1) a motivation letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) an overview of the grades you obtained during your studies. Please submit the three components of your application in one PDF document that contains your last name in the file name.