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Leiden IHL clinic team presents their research at RIPE71 Bucharest Conference

On 16- 20 November 2015, the four members of the spring-semester International Humanitarian Law Clinic of the Kalshoven-Gieskes forum attended the RIPE71 Conference on Internet-related issues in Bucharest, Romania.

On 16- 20 November 2015, the four members of the spring-semester International Humanitarian Law Clinic of the Kalshoven-Gieskes forum attended the RIPE71 Conference on Internet-related issues in Bucharest, Romania. As part of their role in the Leiden International Humanitarian Law Clinic, Claerwen O’Hara, Lucy Turner, Anne Plouy and Louis Léonet, who are all students of the Public International Law Masters programme at Leiden University, submitted a report to the Netherlands Red Cross in July 2015 on the application of international humanitarian law to cyber warfare. Following this, they were invited by RIPE-NCC, an Internet governance organisation based in Amsterdam, to attend the conference in Romania to present their research. 

Their presentation, which took place in the plenary session on 17 November 2015 before over 500 attendees, was very well received. The team were asked a range of interesting questions and were also given the opportunity to enhance their technical knowledge by liaising with professionals in the field. This trip was generously funded by the RIPE Academic Cooperation Initiative (RACI), as well as the Mr. P. Heering Fund with the support of the Leiden University Fund (LUF). The team plan to continue their research into the how the law can be applied to this new and developing form of warfare. The Leiden IHL clinic is directed by Dr. Robert Heinsch with the assistance of the PhD Fellows and Research Assistants of the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum.