Sofia Poulopoulou


Sofia Poulopoulou is a PhD Candidate at the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law, which is part of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University. Sofia joined the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum in February 2016, where she has been working as a researcher and project coordinator. In addition, she has been supervising the projects of the International Humanitarian Law Clinic of the Forum. Sofia pursued her Bachelor’s degree in Law at the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece. She obtained her Master’s degree in International Law at Maastricht University and conducted part of her degree at the University of York in Canada as part of an exchange programme. Upon completion of her studies, Sofia interned at the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court as well as at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court in The Hague and Brussels office. Sofia’s PhD research under the supervision of Prof. Nico Schrijver and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Robert Heinsch focuses on mechanisms for compliance with International Humanitarian Law with a particular focus on the human rights compliance system.

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Strengthening Compliance with IHL: Back to Square One

Between 2012-2015 a series of meetings with states were organised by the ICRC and the Swiss government in the framework of a consultation process aimed at Strengthening Compliance with IHL. This consultation process (discussed here) was based on Resolution 1 of the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IC), which invited…

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