Welcome to the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict

The Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC) is an interdisciplinary research programme that aims to strengthen law, norms and institutions to restrain, regulate and prevent armed conflict. Drawing on the disciplines of philosophy, law and international relations, ELAC seeks to develop a more sophisticated framework of rules and stronger forms of international authority relating to armed conflict. Research activity addresses all aspects of armed conflict, including the recourse to war, the conduct of war, and post-conflict governance, transition and reconstruction.

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Upcoming Events

‘Legitimate Authority and Political Violence’, Stockholm 28 – 29 August, 2015

The 6th Annual Conference of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict is hosted this year by the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace at Långholmen Hotel, Stockholm 28 – 29 August, 2015.

Speakers: Kimberley Brownlee (Warwick), Thomas Christiano (Arizona), Helen Frowe (Stockholm), Jonathan Parry (Stockholm), Massimo Renzo (King's College London), David Rodin (Oxford and EUI), Malcolm Thorburn (Toronto), Daniel Viehoff (Sheffield).

Respondents: Ludvig Beckman (Stockholm), Krister Bykvist (Stockholm), Andreas Carlsson (Norwegian Defence Ethics Council), Lisa Hecht (Stockholm), Adam Humphreys (Reading), Elena Namli (Uppsala), Michael Robillard (Connecticut), Daniel Statman (Haifa).

ELAC 6th annual conference is financially supported by the Individualisation of War program (IoW)

Registration: now open - please register here: Registration closes on July 26, but places are limited. Registration is free and open to all, and includes refreshments, lunch on the 28th and 29th, and the conference dinner on the 28th.

More information is available on the Stockholm Centre’s website.

Please direct enquiries to Jonathan Parry (


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