Moot Court Law of Armed Conflicts

logo Frits Kalshoven International Humanitarian Law CompetitionIntroduction

The Moot Court Law of Armed Conflicts is a course which prepares students for their participation in the annual Frits Kalshoven International Humanitarian Law Competition  (FKC).

The FKC is a 5-day competition, organized by the Netherlands Red Cross and Belgian Red Cross-Flanders in the first half of February, which brings together around 10 three-person teams of Dutch and Belgian Universities. It is composed of many different elements, including roleplays and simulations. The core element of the Competition is the moot court, which takes place on the final two days of the Competition. Through a fictional case, students are encouraged to rise to the top of their abilities and demonstrate their acquired expertise in IHL in front of an experienced jury of IHL professionals.

Both through the preparatory work, which will include a number of written and oral exercises (including several moot court simulations, and a targeting exercise at the Royal Military School), as well as the actual participation in the FKC, students have the opportunity to improve their knowledge of international humanitarian law, as well as their presentation and pleading skills.

Apply / Questions

  1. Come to the introductory information session.
  2. Apply / send questions to the


Date (hours) Activity Location
Wed 23 Sep 2020 (16:30) Information session Pleitlokaal
Thu 24 Sep 2020 (23:59) Application deadline (online)
Fri 25 Sep 2020 (09:00 onwards) Interviews (online)
Sun 8 Nov 2020 FKC application deadline (online)
8 - 12 Feb 2021 Frits Kalshoven Competition the Netherlands




Ana Decoster

“I had the pleasure of joining the Ghent team in 2019. FKC means being submerged in international humanitarian law for a few highly intensive days and for which knowledge of the law, language skills and perseverance are key. At the same time, it is much more than that. You get to work closely together with your team members, fully grasp the variety of topics, and have a great time doing so. In addition, you can rely on Prof. Ruys and Dr. Ferro, who are there to support you with their tips, tricks and expertise. Given the institutional encouragement, you really feel motivated to defend the colours of your alma mater.”


Fatima El Kaddouri

“Taking part in the Frits Kalshoven Moot Court Competition was an invaluable and intense experience. What makes this competition different from other moot courts, is that it gives you a taste of the practice of the ICRC and international humanitarian law outside of court in the form of role plays and simulations. The most impressive simulation for me was when we entered a prisoners of war camp and had to negotiate with the guard in order to be able to inspect the camp. The moot court itself took place on the last day and constituted the highlight of the competition, where we were able to show all our acquired skills and knowledge. The thrill of pleading during the finals before a highly respected jury was an incomparable and extremely rewarding experience. I would recommend this to every student who has a keen interest in international humanitarian law and the workings of the ICRC.”