International Humanitarian Law Clinic of the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum

“Call for applications Spring Semester 2021”

The Leiden IHL Clinic

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

The Clinic’s cooperation partners usually work in the humanitarian field, and they 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 of the International Criminal Court (CICC), Amnesty International The Hague, Médecins Sans Frontières, and other human rights NGOs. As of January 2021, more than 40 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.

Spring term 2021

During the spring term 2021, the Forum is conducting two to three research projects. These projects are specifically offered to students of the advanced LL.M. programme in Public International Law at Leiden University. The projects are scheduled to start during the first week of March 2021, and are expected to run until the mid-June 2021. The four-month research period for the projects will include common seminar sessions and close supervision by members of the Forum.

Requirements for becoming an IHL Clinic member

The Forum is looking for interested and motivated students of the advanced LL.M. programme in Public International Law at Leiden Law School, who are willing to work in a team of two to six students, and are determined to contribute to either the IHL in Action project or the Digitally Derived Evidence project.

Application documents

If you are interested in participating in the IHL Clinic, please submit your application by Monday, 25 January 2021, 23:59pm (CET). Your application documents should include a motivation letter, CV, overview of grades, as well as a writing sample of max. 5 pages. Please submit all documents in one PDF document with your last name in the file name to the following email address: