International Humanitarian Law Clinic of the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum

“Call for applications Winter Semester 2020/21”

Academic year 2020/21

For the Winter semester of the academic year 2020/21, the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum is looking for 10-15 students to conduct research for three IHL Clinic projects, in the areas of IHL, ICL and IHRL. The Clinic will start by 1 October 2020 and is expected to run until the end of January 2021. The four-month research period for the project will include thematic sessions on international humanitarian law, common seminar sessions and supervision by members of the Forum.

Requirements for becoming a team member

The Forum is looking for interested and motivated students from the regular LL.M. programme in Public International Law. Students must be willing to work in a team and have the determination to produce a substantive report of high quality on issues raised by the cooperation partner within a period of four months.

General information

The “International Humanitarian Law Clinic” is a platform in which students of the Leiden LL.M. programme in Public International Law do research for various cooperation partners of the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum in the humanitarian field. The students are supervised, on the one hand by guest researchers of the Forum, who are usually former students of the programme and/or of the IHL Clinic, and on the other hand, by PhD fellows and assistant professors engaged in the Forum.

The cooperation partners include the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Netherlands Red Cross, the German Red Cross, the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC), Amnesty International the Hague, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and other human rights NGOs. As of September 2020, 39 research projects were successfully concluded.

These projects have included topics involving the use of certain means of warfare, questions of humanitarian assistance, possible war crimes in special conflict areas, as well as a variety of recent problematic issues surrounding the application and interpretation of international humanitarian law, the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, international criminal law and human rights law.

Application documents

If you are interested in participating in the IHL Clinic, please submit your application by Wednesday, 9 September 2020, 17:00 hrs to the following email address: Your application should consist of a (1) 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 and include your last name in the file name. In addition, you are required to fill out the following google questionnaire.