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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Forthcoming events will be published here.

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).


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

Emanuela-Chiara Gillard (ELAC) is quoted in Time Magazine's latest oped on humanitarian aid in Syria

Hugo Slim on Business Actors in Armed Conflict

Hugo Slim and Anaïs Rességuier convened a conference on 'Humanitarian Workers:
Personal Ethics, Psychology, and Lifestyle' as part of ELAC's continuing
Humanitarian Ethics Project

Hugo Slim and Emanuela-Chiara Gillard on the ethics and law of cross-border humanitarian operations

Dr Gilles Giaca contributed to a new initiative on the legal analysis of armed conflicts: The War Report (OUP)

Hugo Slim Speaks at the Swiss Government's Conference on the Protection of Civilians

Dapo Akande Speaks at a UN Panel Discussion on Drones

Dapo Akande appears with Attorney General on BBC Radio 4 Law in Action

Jennifer Welsh lecture at the Centre for International Governance Innovation