Bochum IHL Clinic
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Robert Heinsch
(DAAD Visiting Professor at the IFHV) 

•    Professional legal education in the English legal language (§7 Abs. 1 JAG NRW)

•    Elective Course in the Certificate Program of the Legal Faculty

•    Preparation for a future career in an international environment​

2   The Bochum IHL Clinic enables selected students learn through experience by applying legal theory to real-world situations. It also allows students to acquire and develop skills in legal research, critical thinking, legal analysis, and problem solving. The students conduct research on projects for real life cooperation partners, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the German Red Cross or humanitarian non-governmental organizations. The different projects under the umbrella of the Bochum IHL Clinic may draw from any topic within the variety of legal issues currently challenging the field, including the scope of application of IHL, the legality of certain types of weaponry, as well as the relationship between IHL, human rights law (HRL) and refugee law.


The course is limited to 9 law students (SPB 4 students and interested others).
The entrance requirements for the IHL Clinic are a sound knowledge of English, at least three completed semesters of study and an interest in international humanitarian law as well as in the interdisciplinary exchange with other students. Your application should consist of a one-page motivation letter, an updated CV, and an overview of the grades achieved during the course of your studies. All documents should be in English, and be contained in one pdf document, which carries the last name of the applicant in its title.If you are interested in participating in the Bochum IHL clinic, please submit your application by Sunday, 15 April 2018, 23:59h to the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


During the time of the course (Monday 23.04.2018 to Thursday, 24.05.2018) the law students work in three groups together with students from the Joint Master's Program in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA Master). Each group consists of approximately 4 NOHA students and 2-3 law students. The law students support their group with their specific legal skills and knowledge making this a fruitful exchange between students from different backgrounds. The law students have certain dates (see above) when their attendance is obligatory. Finally, students will have to write a paper related to their group work, and hand it in until 08. June 2018 (23:59h).

The idea is to establish a mid-term project in which students after an intensive starting phase of four weeks and close supervision, have the chance to produce a substantive report of high quality on issues raised by the cooperation partners within a period of overall three months (until Mid-July).Participants of the IHL Clinic will not only have the chance to get in regular contact with the cooperation partners (i.e. possible future employers in the humanitarian field), but also exchange their experiences with members from other universities, that are part of  an international IHL Clinic cooperation (for details, follow this link).

Obligatory Attendance:

Monday,        23.04.2018,  11:45-15:45
Thursday,      26.04.2018,  11:45-15:45
Tuesday,       08.05.2018,  11:45-15:45
Wednesday,  09.05.2018,  11:45-15:45
Tuesday,       22.05.2018,  11:45-15:45
Thursday,      24.05.2018,  10:00-17:30

Venue: IFHV Bochumer Fenster 4th floor, Room 4.46-4.47

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact Sonja Hövelmann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Tim Potthast at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..