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About the competition

The Frits Kalshoven Competition is named after one of the world's most renowned experts in international humanitarian law. The competition aims to give students an opportunity to engage with international humanitarian law through role plays and a moot court.




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‚ÄčThe 10th Edition of the Frits Kalshoven Competition will be held from 13 February until 18 February 2017.

Elements of the Competition

The Competition is composed of many different elements, including roleplays, simulations and visits to relevant international institutions. Through these activties, students have the opportunity to enhance and improve their knowledge of international humanitarian law (IHL), and to see how the IHL is applied in practice.

The core element of the Competition is the moot court, which will take place on the final day of the Competition. Through a fictional case, students are encouraged to rise to the top of their abilities and demonstrate their acquired expertise in IHL in front of a highly respected and experienced jury.  In former editions, members of the jury included judges from the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, delegates from the International Committee of the Red Cross and legal advisors from the armed forces.  The moot court is open to the public.


The Frits Kalshoven Competition is opened to students who are enrolled in a master degree at a Dutch or Belgian university or military academy. Participants ought to have good knowledge of public international law, a keen interest in IHL and a good command of the English language.

To apply, please read the regulations‚Äč and send the application form of your team to ihlcompetition@redcross.nl  Please note that every team should also write a paper. The deadline for registration is November 1, 2016.