MICT President, Judge Theodor Meron and the IDC Clinic Delegation

International Humanitarian Law Clinic 

Exchange Conference 2016


IDC Herzliya’s International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic participated in the second annual International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Clinic Conference, held in December 2016 in The Hague, the Netherlands.

IDC Herzliya student delegates with Adv. Yael Vias Gvirsman, Clinic Director at Radzyner Law School (first row, sixth from left), Dr. Robert Heinsch, Associate Professor and Director of the Leiden IHL Clinic and KGF Leiden University (second row, second from left), Prof. Laurie Blank, Clinical Professor and Director of the IHL Clinic at Emory Law School Emory University (second row, fourth from left), in front of the Peace Palace in The Hague.


The 2016 Conference revolved around​ the subject “The Hague: Center of International Justice and Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law.” Four clinics participated: the Leiden IHL Clinic & Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on IHL, Leiden University (Netherlands); the IHL Clinic at Emory Law School (Atlanta, United States); the IHL clinic, Radzyner Law School at IDC (Herzliya, Israel); the IHL Clinic at Roma Tre University (Rome, Italy). Radzyner Law School at IDC hosted the first Clinic Exchange Conference in November 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials.


This year, the conference included addresses by judges, prosecutors, and scholars from the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International and Netherlands Red Cross, international humanitarian organizations (NGOs), jurists from Dutch and German governmental institutions, as well as jurists from NATO, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons  (OPCW) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). 


The students visited the Dutch Foreign Affairs Office and the ICC and were taken on an excursion to the Royal Military Academy in Breda. 


During the conference, the students met also with: 

  • ​Judge Sir Christopher Greenwood, at the International C​ourt of Justice, who emphasized the importance of having military experience before legally examining combat operations.
  • Judge Theodor Meron, President of the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT), who explained the implementation of key laws of war in the ruling of international criminal tribunals. 
  • ​Judge Bertram Schmitt (ICC), who spoke about the cultural and legal challenges and the procedures of the International Criminal Court that are composed of both common and continental Laws.

One of the most unforgettable moments of the Clinic Exchange Conference was a  pre-recorded address by Adv. Benjamin Ferencz​, former prosecutor at the US Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, who is 96 years old. His main message to the future generation of international lawyers is to strive to create a better world with no wars. He said: “Make Law not War.”​