Highlights: "Contemporary Constraints on the Waging of War: A Tribute to Prof. Frits Kalshoven”

Published 6 February 2018

Over 80 people gathered at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut on 16 January 2018, to attend a lecture commemorating the work and life of late Prof. Frits Kalshoven, who passed away on 6 September 2017 at the age of 93.

Following the introductory remarks, Dr. Robert Heinsch, Associate Professor of Public International Law at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University and Director of the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law, provided a general overview on the work and life of Prof. Kalshoven.

Prof. Liesbeth Zegveld, Professor of War Reparations at the University of Amsterdam, as well as a lawyer at Prakken d’Oliveira Human Rights Lawyers, followed with a personal insight into her cooperation with Frits Kalshoven.

Finally, Prof. Christopher Greenwood, Judge at the International Court of Justice, began his speech by this powerful comment on Prof. Kalshoven’s life and work: “a real humanitarian who practised humanity”. He spoke on the topic of belligerent reprisals and the influence of Prof. Kalshoven on this field of law.

Read the full report on this lecture here.

The lecture was organised by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut’s International Humanitarian and Criminal Law (IHCL) Platform, The Hague Initiative for Law and Armed Conflict (HILAC) and the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law (KGF Leiden).