IHL Student Workshop 2015



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Email application to mgcl@law.berkeley.edu
by end of day (12 midnight) on October 31, 2014

(students will receive email confirming receipt of application)

Applicants will be notified by Thanksgiving (November 27) at the latest


2014 IHL Student Workshop

Berkeley Transcript article about 2014 Workshop

 2013 IHL Student Workshop


This intensive three-day workshop combines lectures and hands-on exercises that guide law students through international humanitarian law (IHL), or the law of war. The workshop will be led by lawyers from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and from the US Army JAG School, as well as by law professors who specialize in IHL. Much of the work is done in small groups with the faculty, and there is ample time built into the schedule for networking.

Topics include:
• Introduction to International Humanitarian Law
• When Does IHL Apply?
• Human Rights and IHL
• Protected Persons
• Internment/Detention
• Armed Conflicts of a Non-International Character
• The IHL/Terrorism Interface
• Implementation and Enforcement of IHL

The IHL Workshop will be will be held from January 7-9, 2015 at Boalt Hall School of Law on the UC Berkeley campus. Sessions will run from 9 am-5 pm.  In addition, there is self-funded drinks and/or dinner with the faculty on Thursday, January 8.

The fee for the workshop is $60. This includes course materials and breakfast, lunch, and light refreshments during the workshop. Students will need to fund their own travel, lodging, and dinners.

Registration is limited and competitive, and open only to students currently attending a U.S. law school. Students are encouraged to apply early, as the workshop does fill up. A maximum of 40 students may attend. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion from the ICRC.

The application period is October 1-31, 2014. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by Thanksgiving at the latest.

If you have any questions, contact the Miller Institute at mgcl@law.berkeley.edu.  


I attended the IHL workshop in January 2014 and loved it! We were able to learn about International Humanitarian Law from great speakers with different viewpoints, and meet students from all over the world who are interested in the subject. On top of that, the conference is in an ideal location, and I had a great time in the Berkeley and San Francisco area. I came from out-of-state, and the staff at Berkeley Law was very accommodating and even made sure I had somewhere to stay while in San Francisco.

Since the conference, I have become an Officer and future judge advocate in the Marine Corps, and the conference provided numerous opportunities for me to speak with judge advocates and representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross about each of their experiences. I would recommend this conference to anyone interested in International Humanitarian Law. It will not disappoint!

Holly Eckert
Second Lieutenant, USMC
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
JD candidate, 2015