Our work

One of our key aims is to disseminate our research findings and expertise as widely as possible. Thus our output is designed to reach out to a variety of audiences both within and outside of academia.


The Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict addresses all aspects of armed conflict. ELAC’s interdisciplinary research programme aims to strengthen law, norms and institutions to restrain, regulate and prevent armed conflict. Drawing on the disciplines of philosophy, law and international relations our goal is to develop a more sophisticated framework of rules and stronger forms of international authority relating to armed conflict.

Policy Briefs

Delivering an impact beyond the confines of traditional academic research is central to the motivation and design of ELAC. One of our core objectives is to produce research outcomes that play a significant role in reshaping the legal, regulatory, and policy instruments for the management and regulation of armed conflict in the 21st century. To this end, we regularly produce publications that appeal specifically to policy makers and practitioners.

Conferences and Events

ELAC’s academic programme includes seminar series, panel discussions and innovative ad-hoc events attracing a diverse audience and encouraging established and younger scholars to approach the subject of armed conflict with a richer perspective.

The ELAC Annual Workshop attracts leading names in the fields of philosophy and law. Papers from the first workshop on ‘Killing in War’ were published in 2011 as a symposium in Ethics, the world's leading journal of moral philosophy, and the papers from the second meeting ‘Why We Fight’ will be published as an edited volume by OUP. Conference papers third meeting 'Law and Ethics in War' will appear in The Leiden Journal of International Law.