The Oxford Institute For Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict

The Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC) is an interdisciplinary research institute based    at the Blavatnik School of Government.

It looks at different aspects of armed conflict from the perspective of law, international relations and philosophy. Our aim is to strengthen law, norms and institutions to restrain, regulate and prevent armed conflict.

Oxford Programme on International Peace and Security (IPS)

The Oxford Programme for International Peace and Security is a research programme established as part of ELAC’s mission to look beyond the threshold of armed conflict and contribute to our collective understanding of other forms of organised violence that threaten our international peace and stability.

The Oxford Process

The Oxford Process on International Law Protections in Cyberspace is a research project of ELAC set in motion in May 2020 in partnership with Microsoft. The project is a collaborative effort between international legal experts from across the globe aimed at the identification and clarification of rules of international law applicable to cyber operations across a variety of contexts.

Ethics, Law and Nuclear Deterrence

As part of the Rethinking Nuclear Deterrence Research Network, funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, ELAC has undertaken this project to take a systematic look at nuclear doctrine and planning across nuclear states in light of legal developments over the last fifty years.