Institute for International Law joins IHCL Platform

Published 16 June 2016

On 14 June 2016, the Institute for International Law of the KU Leuven joined the International Humanitarian and Criminal Law Platform, a research platform created in 2010 and coordinated by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, which aims to establish an academic network fostering research in the area of international humanitarian law and international criminal law, providing an academic platform for discussion of relevant contemporary issues and legal questions for which there is, as yet, no fixed jurisprudential position. Already part of the IHCL Platform were the University of Amsterdam, the VU University Amsterdam, Leiden University, the University of Groningen, the Netherlands Defence Academy, Tilburg University and Maastricht University.

On the same day, the Platform also organised its fifth annual PhD Day, where PhD researchers on IHL and ICL can present their research and receive feedback. Presentations were provided by Bart van den Bosch (Netherlands Defence Academy/University of Amsterdam, ‘Fighting a war without violence’), Martin Fink (Netherlands Defence Academy/University of Amsterdam, ‘Maritime interception and the law of naval operations’), Floris Tan (Leiden University, ‘The duty to investigate under international humanitarian law’), Tadesse Simie Metekia (University of Groningen, ‘Effective national prosecution of core crimes’), Yudan Tan (Leiden University, ‘Article 27 of the Rome Statute and customary international law denying personal immunity of senior State officials for international crimes’) and Nicole Siller (University of Groningen, ‘The incorporation of human trafficking within the crime against humanity of enslavement’). For more information about the Platform, please visit the IHCL Platform website or contact its coordinator Christophe Paulussen.