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 of the university. The IFHV is responsible directly to the Rector and the Senate of the university.
The initiative to establish the institute came from Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Knut Ipsen, who is also a former rector of the university, mainly to develop a research and teaching capacity wtihin the university to deal with problems of peace and armed conflict. In 1988, after the decision of the Senate, both Prof. Dr. Dr. Knut Ipsen and the Academic Director, Prof. Dr. Horst Fischer, started the research and teaching programme of the IFHV.
After the initial period the IFHV has been developed further by initiatives and cooperation with colleagues from different faculties including Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul, Prof. Dr. (em.) Heiner Dürr, Dr. habil. Hans-Joachim Heintze, Prof. Dr. Markus Kaltenborn, Prof. Dr. Ilse Lenz, Prof. Dr. Math Noortmann,
Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries, Prof. Dr. Adelheid Puttler, LL.M., Prof. Dr. (em.) Fidelis Selenka, Prof. Dr. Joachim Wolf, Prof. Dr. Stefan Wohnlich and Prof. Dr. Michael Wilhelm.