Admitted to Honours College Law
Succesful completion of:
a) “Inleiding Internationaal Publiekrecht” (BA1), and
b) One additional law-related course: “Public International Law” (BA3), “Wereldrecht”, or “Basics of International Humanitarian Law”
Admission interview (optional)
In the international humanitarian law clinic (IHL Clinic) students will be able to work on research projects of partner institutions in the field, such as e.g. national Red Cross Societies, Human Rights NGOs, government agencies, and other actors in the humanitarian field. Topics which might have to be dealt with involve the use of certain methods and means of warfare, questions of humanitarian assistance, possible war crimes in specific conflict areas, as well as recent issues concerning the application and interpretation of international humanitarian law, the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols.
The IHL clinic enables students to learn through experience by applying legal theory to real-world situations and helping the partners to solve legal problems that they are encountering in their work. It also allows students to acquire and develop skills in legal research, critical thinking, legal analysis, and problem solving. Additionally, students improve their proficiency in drafting, writing, oral presentation, communication, organization and interpersonal skills. Students are also confronted with ethics and professional responsibility, which is very valuable in enabling students to put abstract notions into a practical context.
The IHL clinic trains students to investigate relevant issues of procedural and substantive law on the basis of the knowledge gained in previous courses throughout their studies. Students are confronted with difficult real-world situations and legal questions, and thereby exercise the practical application of their theoretical knowledge, specifically international humanitarian law. Students are engaged in legal research in order to ultimately provide legal advice to the partner organization in order to prepare a case or for their lobby work. They apply their academic skills and creativity in order to find arguments for and against a particular position.
Therefore, students gain valuable practical experience in IHL, which gives them an insight into the possibilities of an academic career, a career in an international organization, an NGO or a law firm. They work closely and intensively in teams, while also spending a significant amount of time on independent research and writing, as is done in most employment situations.
Doelstelling van het vak:
The aim of the course is to provide students with the skills necessary to transfer their theoretical knowledge to practical cases, and be able to produce results which can be used in practice.
The course wants to give students the chance to get a deep insight into the practical workings of international humanitarian law, and by doing this prepare them for respective jobs in the field.
Eindkwalificaties (eindtermen van het vak)
Na afronding van het vak hebben studenten de volgende kwalificaties verworven:
Students will have developed skills in legal research, critical thinking, legal analysis, and problem solving.
Students will have improve their proficiency in drafting, writing, oral presentation, communication, organization and interpersonal skills.
Students will have learned about ethics and professional responsibility, team work, and will be able to put abstract notions into a practical context
Aantal à 2 uur: 5 à 7
Namen docenten: Dr. R.W. Heinsch
Vereiste voorbereiding door studenten: bestuderen van de opgegeven literatuur en jurisprudentie
Dit vak heeft de status van praktische oefening: aanwezigheid en deelname is verplicht.
Written report (70%)
Students will be working together in teams of 3 or 4. These teams will be required to submit a written report of about 6000-8000 words (that means about 2000 words per student) answering the assignment given by the clinic’s cooperation partner (“the client”). At the end of the course, they will also have to give an oral presentation on their research results, preferably to a representative of the cooperation partner.
The content covered will depend very much on the assignments provided to the clinic by the cooperation partners. It can cover current issues of international humanitarian law, international criminal law, and human rights law.
Bij dit vak wordt gebruik gemaakt van Blackboard.
- General textbooks
F. Kalshoven & L. Zegveld, Constraints on the Waging of War – An Introduction to International Humanitarian Law, 4th ed. (2011) (main textbook)
D. Fleck (ed.), Handbook of International Humanitarian Law 3rd ed. (2013)
R. Kolb & R. Hyde, An Introduction to the International Law of Armed Conflicts
- The Foundations, History and & Scope of Application of IHL
M.E. O’Connell, Historical Development and Legal Basis, in: D. Fleck, The Handbook of International Humanitarian Law in Armed Conflict, Chapter 1, 2nd edition (2009), OUP, http://books.google.nl/books?isbn=0199232504 .
J.K. Kleffner, Scope of Application of Humanitarian Law, in: D. Fleck, The Handbook of International Humanitarian Law in Armed Conflict, Chapter 2, 2nd edition, (2009), OUP, http://books.google.nl/books?isbn=0199232504 .
- More case specific literature will be announced on blackboard in due time before the beginning of the course
De aanmelding verloopt via uSis.
Maximum aantal deelnemers
Afhankelijk van de projecten. In beginsel 7-12.
Vakcoördinator: Dr. R.W. Heinsch
Werkadres: KOG kamer B126
Telefoon: 071 527 7581