Welcome to the website of the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV)! The institute is one of Europe's leading academic institutions to conduct research on humanitarian crises. Coming from a strong tradition of international humanitarian law and human rights law, the institute today combines high-level inter-disciplinary research from the disciplines of public law, social science, geosciences and public health.
We examine the origins of humanitarian crises; the legal parameters before, during and in the aftermath of crises; the effects crises have on people, societies and institutions; and the responses states, international organizations and non-governmental organizations give to crises. In cooperation with our close partner, the German Red Cross, and in support of its mandate to promote international humanitarian law and the humanitarian principles, we publish our research results regularly in our bi-lingual and peer-reviewed journal ‘Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict’ (JILPAC), in our legal newsletter ‘Bofaxe’ and in our ‘IFHV Working Paper Series’.
Researchers of the IFHV conduct research on the doctoral and the postdoctoral level, are engaged in long-term international research projects and regularly comment on current crises in the public media. You can also follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rub.ifhv) and Twitter (@NOHA_IFHV).
We invite you to explore our website and hope we can trigger your interest for the world of humanitarianism.
Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger
Executive Director, IFHV