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).


Transatlantic Workshop on International Humanitarian 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)

Hugo Slim writes on Innovation in Humanitarian Action

ELAC is pleased to announce Janina Dill and Hugo Slim's appointment as Associate Directors with the Institute

David Rodin represented ELAC at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos