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

Fifth Annual ELAC Workshop on War

The theme of the Fifth Annual ELAC Workshop on War is "Forcible Alternatives to War" and will take place 5-6 September 2014 at Merton College.

More details and list of speakers here (please note this is an invitation only event).


Report on the Second Annual Transtlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict now available.

Hugo Slim, Lorenzo Trombetta and Anais Resseguier write UN report on the political and humanitarian context of the Syrian Crisis

Project on the Law Relating to Humanitarian Relief Operations in Armed Conflict by ELAC, the Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations (HRFG), and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Janina Dill on "Israel’s Use of Law and Warnings in Gaza" in Opinio Juris

Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict, co-convened by the ICRC, ELAC and the Human Rights Programme

Hugo Slim on the protection of civilians in Gaza on Radio 4's Moral Maze

Hugo Slim and Alex Bellamy co-edit a special issue of the journal Global Responsibility to Protect on R2P and Humanitarian Action

Hugo Slim and Anais Resseguier contribute to Australian Government evaluation of the 2011 Horn of Africa Crisis.

David Rodin will give a lecture on "Ethics and War" at the Carnegie Council Symposium in Sarajevo on June 27.

Hugo Slim chairs special meeting on business, violence and armed conflict at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London

Gilles Giacca's forthcoming book Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Armed Conflict, Oxford Monographs in International Law, OUP. Publication planned for October 2014.

Janina Dill's forthcoming book Legitimate Targets? International Law, Social Construction and US Bombing. (Oct 2014)