The Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (Institut für Friedenssicherungsrecht und Humanitäres Völkerrecht, IFHV) was established in 1988 by decision of the University Senate as a central research unit ("Zentrale Wissenschaftliche Einrichtung") of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The IFHV is responsible directly to the Rector and the Senate of the university, but works in close cooperation with the different faculties, in particular the faculties of law, social science, geosciences and medicine.
The IFHV carries out research and teaching on the problems of peace and armed conflict from an inter-disciplinary perspective. Based on its strong international humanitarian law tradition, the IFHV is the only institute in Germany, and one of very few in Europe and the world, which is dedicated to the discipline of humanitarian studies. The IFHV combines its strong emphasis on international humanitarian law, the law of peace and human rights law with sociological and political perspectives on humanitarian crises, actors and activities.
Professors from Ruhr University Bochum that are actively involved in the work of the IFHV include Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul, Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze, Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger (all IFHV), Prof. Dr. Markus Kaltenborn, Prof. Dr. Adelheid Puttler, LL.M., Prof. Dr. Joachim Wolf (Faculty of Law), Prof. Dr. Ilse Lenz, Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries (Faculty of Social Science), Prof. Dr. Stefan Wohnlich (Faculty of Geosciences) and Prof. Dr. Michael Wilhelm (Faculty of Medicine).