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The Oxford Institute for Law, Ethics and Armed Conflict (ELAC) is an interdisciplinary research programme based at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. It seeks to understand and strengthen law, norms and institutions to restrain, regulate and prevent armed conflict. It brings together researchers, academics and practitioners in areas such as international law, international relations and philosophy.

ELAC’s mission is to propose a framework of rules and practices that can drive legal and policy reforms on various aspects of armed conflict. Our research activities address issues ranging from conflict and atrocity prevention, the use of armed force, the conduct of hostilities, post-conflict governance and peacebuilding and transitional justice.


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