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Anaïs Rességuier writes for HumEthNet on moral imperative and feelings in humanitarian work
6-March-2015
Anaïs Rességuier published a reflection piece on ethics in humanitarian work: “A Moral imperative or a bundle of feelings?” in the latest Newsletter (vol. 3 Iss. 1) of the Humanitarian Healthcare Ethics group (Canada).

The piece primarily interrogates the humanitarian imperative and the role of desires and feelings in humanitarian action.

Dr Horsburgh's New Book: China and Global Nuclear Order
27-February-2015
Nicola Horsburgh is pleased to announce the publication of her new book China and Global Nuclear Order. From Estrangement to Active Engagement, Oxford University Press, 2015.

In this book, Dr Horsburgh offers an empirically rich study of Chinese nuclear weapons behaviour and the impact of this behaviour on global nuclear politics since 1949.

A book launch will take place at St Anthony's College (University of Oxford) on 8 May 2015.

Dr Leveringhaus and Dr Giacca's new report on Robotic Weapons
2-December-2014

Alexander Leveringhaus (ELAC Research Fellow) and Gilles Giacca (ELAC Research Associate) just published the new Oxford Martin School policy paper, "Robo-Wars: The Regulation of Robotic Weapons".

The report gives a clear and concise overview of the technological dimensions of robotic weapons as well as their treatment under existing international legal and ethical frameworks. It assesses the regulatory options currently under discussion, and recommends ways for states, manufacturers and the military to develop a suitable regulatory framework.

It is available here.

Janina Dill talks about the law and morality of war on "Inside the Issues"
27-November-2014

Dr Janina Dill talks about the law, morality, and strategy of war on 'Inside the Issues' at the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo, Canada. The conversation with CIGI Chair of Global Security David Welch touches on analyses from her recently published book Legitimate Targets? Social Construction, International Law and US Bombing, in particular the status of war under international law, drone warfare, and sub-state conflict.

Video can be viewed here.

Emanuela Gillard on International Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian Access
11-November-2014

Emanuela Gillard, ELAC Research Associate, gives two lectures on International Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian Access:

"Humanitarian Access: What are the rights? What are the obligations?"
Text of the presentation accessible here.
As part of the The Flanders Fields Conference of Military Law and the Law of War, at Ypres, 12 – 15 October 2014 hosted by the International Society for Military Law and The Law of War.

"Humanitarian Access in 21st Century Armed Conflict: Legal and Practical Lessons from Syria" Podcast of the presentation accessible here.
As part of the "Axis of protection: Human Rights in International Law" series, at the University of Oxford, on 17 October 2014.

Hugo Slim gives keynote lecture on humanitarian ethics at Quinnipiac University
29-September-2014

On 10 September, Hugo Slim delivered the keynote lecture on "The Ethics of Humanitarian Action" at Quinnipiac University in the US.

You can view the lecture here.

(Hugo Slim's lecture starts at about 15 min)

Emanuela Gillard on the Law regulating cross-border relief operations, in the International Review of the Red Cross
18-September-2014

Emanuela Gillard, ELAC Senior Research Fellow, just published an article on the “Law regulating cross-border relief operations” in the International Review of the Red Cross.

In this article Emanuel Gillard addresses the main legal questions raised by cross-border relief operations, in particular “whose consent is required; what constitutes arbitrary withholding of consent; what the consequences of withholding of consent are, both for those wishing to provide assistance and for the parties withholding consent; and what alternatives exist for providing assistance in such circumstances."

Series of international law blogs on International Law and Armed Conflict through the month of September
11-September-2014

Throughout September, some of the participants to the Second Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict are contributing to a series of blog posts focussing on specific topics that were addressed during the Workshop.

Three international law blogs, Intercross (the blog of the International Committee of the Red Cross), EJIL:Talk! (blog of the European Journal of International Law), and Lawfare, are coordinating the series, and hosting pieces arising from the workshop.

You can find the introductory post to the series, as well as the schedule of posts here.

Report on the 2nd Annual Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict
29-August-2014

The Report on the Second Annual Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict is now available and can be accessed here.

The Workshop engaged in detailed discussion of a range of issues relating to the law that applies in situations of armed conflict. It was co-convened by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), ELAC and the Human Rights Programme for Future Generations (HRFG) and took place 17-18 July at the University of Oxford.

UN report on the political and humanitarian context of the Syrian Crisis
20-August-2014

Hugo Slim, Lorenzo Trombetta and Anais Resseguier write a report on the political and humanitarian context of the Syrian Crisis for the Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluations Steering Group (IASC) and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The report was commissioned by the IASC as part of the Syria CALL Initiative. It is available on ALNAP Syria Evaluation Portal here.

Project on the Law Relating to Humanitarian Relief Operations in Armed Conflict
18-August-2014

On 10-11 July 2014, the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC), and the Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations (HRFG), together with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), convened a meeting of legal experts as part of a joint project aimed at bringing greater clarity to certain aspects of the law regulating relief operations in situations of armed conflict. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a Guide to the Law Regulating Humanitarian Relief Operations in Armed Conflict being prepared by ELAC and HRFG for OCHA.

The meeting was the latest in a series of consultations convened by OCHA, ELAC and HRFG in the implementation of a mandate given to OCHA by the United Nations Secretary-General in his November 2013 report to the UN Security Council on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict. Those consultations have largely taken place in meetings, held in Oxford, of legal experts drawn from United Nations agencies, NGOs, the ICRC, academics, the international judiciary, as well as those with experience in governments.

The Guide aims to present the rules of international law regulating humanitarian relief operations in situations of armed conflict, together with a commentary on those rules. It is intended to provide guidance to a variety of actors, including State and non-state parties to armed conflict, international and non-governmental organizations seeking to carry out relief operations, and the various relevant UN bodies, including the Security Council and General Assembly.

More details on the Project here.

Janina Dill on "Israel’s Use of Law and Warnings in Gaza" in Opinio Juris
04-August-2014

Janina Dill contributed a post on Opinion Juris in which she discusses Israel’s Use of Law and Warnings in Gaza.

Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict, co-convened by the ICRC, ELAC and the Human Rights Programme
25-July-2014

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), ELAC and the Human Rights Programme for Future Generations (HRFG) co-convened the Second Annual Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict at the University of Oxford. The Workshop gathered a group of legal scholars, experts and practitioners from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Israel to engage in detailed discussion of a range of issues relating to the law that applies in situations of armed conflict.

To read more about it, please see the ICRC mission in London's page, the blog Intercross from the ICRC delegation in the US, and the announcement by Dapo Akande on EJIL:Talk!

 

Hugo Slim on the protection of civilians in Gaza on Radio 4's Moral Maze
24-July-2014

Hugo Slim contributes to BBC discussion on the protection of civilians in the war in Gaza on Radio 4's programme, the Moral Maze.

Hugo Slim and Alex Bellamy on R2P and Humanitarian Action
10-July-2014

Hugo Slim and Alex Bellamy co-edit a special issue of the journal, Global Responsibility to Protect, on R2P and Humanitarian Action with contributions from Sir John Holmes, Stephen Hopgood, Oxfam, MSF and GPPI, plus ELAC's Alexander Leveringhaus and Urvashi Aneja. See the online edition here.

Hugo Slim and Anais Resseguier contribute to Australian Government evaluation of the 2011 Horn of Africa Crisis.
4-July-2014

The Australian Government has published the evaluation of Australia's contribution to the 2011 humanitarian response to the conflict and famine in the Horn of Africa. Report and Summary Briefs can be found here.

David Rodin on Ethics and War at the Carnegie Council Symposium
26-June-2014

David Rodin will give a lecture on "Ethics and War" at the Carnegie Council Symposium in Sarajevo on June 27 to mark the centenary of the assasination of Franz Ferdinand.

Hugo Slim chairs special meeting on business, violence and armed conflict at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London
17-June-2014

On June 17, a meeting co-hosted by the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and the FCO brought together speakers from ICRC, the FCO, Amnesty, Anglo-American and IHRB to discuss the progress of the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights and Business, and the role of multi-stakeholder initiatives on business and conflict like the Voluntary Principles and the Kimberly Process.

Gilles Giacca's forthcoming book Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Armed Conflict
10-June-2014

Gilles Giacca is pleased to announce his forthcoming book Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Armed Conflict (Oct 2014)
Oxford Monographs in International Law, OUP. Publication planned for October 2014.

 

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