International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practice
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International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practice Law Peace & Justice

For students and professionals | This summer the Grotius Centre will host the fourth edition of the International Humanitarian Law Summer School. The course is designed by the Grotius Centre Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law and is organised in close cooperation with the Netherlands Red Cross.

  • Start date 08-07-19
  • Duration 6 days
  • Level Students | Professionals
  • Apply before 01-05-19
  • Location The Hague
  • Course fee 800 - 950

Course information

The fourth edition of the International Humanitarian Law Summer School will be held in The Hague from Monday 8 July to Friday 12 July 2019. 

Target audience
This Summer School is opened to students and professionals who would like to acquire general knowledge of International Humanitarian Law. 

Academic content
This unique programme gives a broad overview of the laws of armed conflict, and offers a range of opportunities to test the acquisition of knowledge through interactive exercises, including an exciting paintball simulation game at the end of the week. The course covers, amongst others, the classification of conflicts, protection of the civilian population, combatants and prisoners of war, the rules governing the conduct of hostilities, and the law of non-international armed conflict. The programme for the 2019 edition will be made public soon. 

Class size 
To ensure active participation and exchange with teaching staff and fellow participants, a maximum of 40 participants will be admitted to this course.

Why this Summer School?

The International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practice Summer School offers a unique opportunity to learn from well-known and influential academics and leading practitioners from Leiden University, The Netherlands Defence Academy, the University of Amsterdam, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Netherlands Red Cross. You will gain first-hand knowledge on the rules and laws of armed conflict in the heart of The Hague, the International City of Peace and Justice. The course also offers plenty of opportunities to network with fellow students and practitioners from all over the world. And last but not least, The Hague is a wonderful place to stay!

Practical information

Course fees
The tuition fee for the 2019 session is €950. We offer a special early bird fee of €800 to the participants who register before 1 February 2019 (payment due by 1 March 2019). Leiden University students, students from partner universities, and participants who have registered for at least another Grotius Centre summer school in 2019 also pay a reduced fee of €800. Unfortunately, there are no scholarships available for this course.

What's included?
The fee includes access to course materials (including the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols), a certificate of participation, an information briefing at one of the International Courts and Tribunals in The Hague, a visit to the Netherlands Red Cross, a paintball game, lunches and refreshments on class days, a course dinner and a drinks reception.

The Grotius Centre does not provide housing but we will be happy to assist you in finding a suitable place to stay. Here are some options for accommodation in The Hague


To apply please complete the online application form.

The application should be completed at once as data cannot be saved. Therefore, make sure to have the following documents ready before starting the application:

1. A copy of your curriculum vitae;
2. A cover letter (one page) in which you clearly explain why you are applying for this course;
3. A recent portrait picture.

Please note that:

  • Prior knowledge of law is desirable.
  • All courses are taught in English. An official certificate of language proficiency is not required but you need to be fluent in English to be able to understand the classes and to interact with fellow students.
  • Only complete applications are considered.
  • All applications are dealt with on an individual basis.
  • Provided you are considered eligible, you will receive a pre-admission email.
  • Your admission to the course will be final once the payment of the fee is made.
  • The deadline for application is 1 May 2019. Applications that are received afterwards will still be considered, but admission will depend on the availability of places. Applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis. Early application is strongly advised.


Lecturers and speakers

The speakers from the 2018 edition are listed in the previous edition programme.

Robert Heinsch (academic coordinator), Associate Professor of Public International Law, Leiden University

Mirjam de Bruin (academic coordinator), Representative of The Netherlands Red Cross

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