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

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Dr Horsburgh's New Book: China and Global Nuclear Order

Dr Leveringhaus and Dr Giacca's new report on Robotic Weapons

Janina Dill talks about the law and morality of war on "Inside the Issues" 

Emanuela Gillard on International Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian Access

Hugo Slim gives keynote lecture on humanitarian ethics at Quinnipiac University

Emanuela Gillard on the Law regulating cross-border relief operations, in the International Review of the Red Cross

Series of international law blogs on International Law and Armed Conflict through the month of September

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