Dr. R. Heinsch

  • Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor)
  • International Criminal Law; International Humanitarian Law

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7581
E-Mail: r.w.heinsch@law.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Instituut voor Publiekrecht, Internationaal Publiekrecht
Office Address: Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B126

Dr. Robert W. Heinsch, LL.M. is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University. Previously, he has been a Senior Research Fellow and Teaching Assistant at the Chair for International and European Law and the Law Centre for International and European Cooperation of the University of Cologne. He has also worked as the first Legal Officer of the Second Vice President at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague and as Legal Advisor in the International Law and International Institutions Department of the German Red Cross Headquarters in Berlin.  

In addition, he has been a Visiting Lecturer for International Criminal Law and International Humanitarian Law at the Ruhr-University of Bochum and has been associated with the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV). He is corresponding Author of the German Journal of Peace and Armed Conflict (JILPAC); Member of the German Working Group for International Criminal Law; Member of the United Nations Association (UNA) of Germany; and Member of the International Law Association (ILA) – German Branch.  

He holds a Dr. jur. (Ph.D. in Law) Degree from the University of Cologne, an LL.M. Degree from the University of London, and the First and Second Legal State Examination which qualifies him for all juridical posts in his home country. His areas of expertise encompass General Public International Law, Sources of Public International Law, The Law of the Use of Force, International Humanitarian Law, and International Criminal Law.


  • The International Committee of the Red Cross in Today’s International and Non-International Armed Conflicts, in: Zimmermann, Andreas / Giegerich, Thomas (eds.), A Wiser Century? – Judicial Dispute Settlement, Disarmament and the Laws of War 100 Years after the Second Hague Peace Conference, Berlin 2009 (forthcoming)
  • Lieber Code, in: E. Pugliese / L. Hufford (eds.), War Crimes: An Historical Encyclopedia, ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, CA, 2009 (forthcoming)
  • How to achieve fair and expeditious trial proceedings before the ICC: Is it time for a more judge-dominated approach?, in: Sluiter, Goran / Stahn, Carsten (eds.), The Emerging Practice of the ICC: The Court at Five Years, Martinus Nijhoff, 2008
  • Die Weiterentwicklung des humanitären Völkerrechts durch die Strafgerichtshöfe für das ehemalige Jugoslawien und Ruanda; PhD thesis on ICTY/ICTR jurisprudence and their impact on the law-creating process in international criminal law, Blue Book Series, Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag, September 2007
  • Overview on the International Criminal Court, with Sven Peterke, in: Humanitäres Völkerrecht – Informationsschriften 18 (2005), Center pages, 1 ff.
  • Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi Special Tribunal, in: BOFAX 281E, published by the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict, avaible under www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/ ifhv/publications/bofaxe/x281E.pdf.
  • Hegemony or Stability: Alternatives to the Militarisation of Politics after September 11, in: “Humanitäres Völkerrecht-Informationsschriften” /Journal of International Humanitarian Law 17 (2004), 125-127 (book review in German)
  • Possibilities to Prosecute War Crimes Committed in Iraq, in: “Humanitäres Völkerrecht-Informationsschriften” / Journal of International Humanitarian Law, 16 (2003), 132–138
  • International Humanitarian Law and the Classification of Armed Conflicts in the Jurisprudence of the ICTY, Essay to obtain the Masters degree in Law, University College London, 2001

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