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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Dapo Akande at BBC World Service's Newshour on ICC and African states

Launch of Oxford Guidance on the Law Relating to Humanitarian Relief Operations in Situations of Armed Conflict

Dapo Akande has co-authored Article on the International Legal Framework Regulating the Use of Armed Drones

Dapo Akande spoke at the 2016 Royal Navy Legal Services Annual Conference

Cheyney Ryan on war and pacifism

Emanuela-Chiara Gillard writes on Compliance with International Humanitarian Law

Series of Blog Posts from Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict

Heather Roff, ELAC Research Fellow, on Autonomous Weapons

Vuyelwa Kuuya appointed as Global Programme Manager of the United Nations Voices of Future Generation’s Project on Children’s Rights and Sustainable Development (VoFG)

Emanuela-Chiara Gillard published an ODI Policy Brief with Eva Svoboda on the Protection of Civilians

Discussion on Janina Dills' recent book Legitimate Targets? Social construction, International Law and US Bombing

2015 ELAC Annual Conference hosted by the Stockholm Center for the Ethics of War and Peace

Dapo Akande addressed a meeting of a cross-party parliamentary group on Drones

New book edited by Serena K. Sharma and Jennifer M. Welsh: The Responsibility to Prevent: Overcoming the Challenges of Atrocity Prevention