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The competition

The Frits Kalshoven International Humanitarian Law Competition is an annual event, jointly organized by The Netherlands Red Cross and Belgian Red Cross-Flanders. The competition aims to provide students with an opportunity to practically engage with international humanitarian law (IHL) and deepen their knowledge thereof by attending expert lectures, engaging in real-life armed conflict simulations or roleplays, expand their professional network and ultimately, by competing against other teams during the Moot Court, in which they will plead a fictional case related to IHL.

The 16th edition will take place from Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 March 2023 in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Frits Kalshoven competition 2022 RFL

Public sessions

Lecture 1 – Qualification of Conflicts
3 November 2022 at 16h30, in The Hague and online
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Lecture 2 – Rules of Means and Methods of Warfare
8 December 2022 at 19h, location TBC and online
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Lecture 3 – Missing Persons
16 February 2023 at 19h, online
Every year thousands of people go missing, many as a result of armed conflicts. The circumstances in which people go missing vary: families are separated because of hostilities, or they lose sight of each other when they flee their homes. Members of state armed forces and non-state armed groups can be detained. If human remains are inappropriately handled, this can in turn create issues for their identification. The uncertainty of not knowing what has happened to their relatives can generate significant consequences for the families on the psychological level but also in terms of the administrative, legal and economic difficulties they might also face. International law, and in particular international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL), contains relevant obligations for states to avoid, insofar as possible, such consequences for missing persons and their families. This lecture will focus on the international legal framework regarding missing persons, with a focus on IHL and IHRL. It will examine which obligations parties to a conflict have to avoid that people go missing and which measures can be taken on the domestic level. The activities of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement regarding the missing will equally be highlighted.

Moot court finals
10 March at 17h, The Hague and online

About prof. dr. Frits Kalshoven

The Frits Kalshoven Competition is named after one of the world’s most renowned ex-perts in international humanitarian law. Prof. dr. Frits Kalshoven (1924 – 2017) was Emeritus Professor public international law (University of Leiden) and of international humanitarian law (University of Groningen).