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Leiden wins best role-play award in the Frits Kalshoven International Humanitarian Law Competition 2023

Every year, the Netherlands Red Cross and Belgian Red Cross-Flanders organise the Frits Kalshoven IHL Competition. This competition aims to provide students with an opportunity to practically engage with IHL, the rules that govern the conduct of war, by attending expert lectures and workshops, engaging in real-life armed conflict simulations (role-play), and competing against other teams during the Moot Court.

From left to right: Gabriel, Fanny, Emma, Joëlle and Shreya

On 8-10 March 2023, the 16th edition of the Competition took place in The Hague, with nine universities from Belgium and the Netherlands participating. Leiden University was represented by Emma Renglé, Fanny Decaluwé and Gabriel Mota Dinis, all three LL.M. students Public International Law. The team received the award for best role-play, in which they had to give advice about military targets and represent delegates of the ICRC visiting a Prisoner’s of War camp. Winner of the Moot Court this year was the team of Ghent University, with the University of Amsterdam as the runner-up.

 The Leiden team was coached by Joëlle Zonjee, teaching and research associate at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, and Shreya Shankar, Advanced LL.M. student Public International Law - International Criminal Law track.

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