The Hague, Netherlands

International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practice

when 8 July 2019 - 12 July 2019
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 950

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

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 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!

Course leader

Dr. Robert Heinsch, Associate Professor of Public International Law, Leiden University
Ms. Mirjam de Bruin, Representative of The Netherlands Red Cross

Target group

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

Credits info

The participants will receive a certificate of participation after completion of the programme.
Furthermore, we can issue a statement regarding the amount of ECTS credits we would assign to this course, based on the number of hours in class, preparation time and assignments, keeping in mind that 1 ECTS equals 28 hours of study. Your university can then evaluate this course and decide whether they will indeed award ECTS credits.

Fee info

EUR 950: The regular tuition fee for the 2019 session is €950.
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.
EUR 800: 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.