Oxford Institute for
Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict
This research programme ran from 2008-2013 and the following page is an archived resource. Although the programme no longer receives funding from the Oxford Martin School, former members of the team are active in other programmes.
We are reassessing how the world governs armed conflict, aiming to determine how it can be better managed, regulated, reduced, and ultimately whether it can be eliminated.
In an age of weapons with the potential to destroy all life on earth, going to war is becoming increasingly hard to justify. The 20th century was by far the bloodiest in human history and we must reconsider the ways we manage conflict.
ELAC is the first research institute in the world to unite leading experts in international law, moral philosophy and political science in a major study of conflict.
We aim to strengthen law, norms and institutions to restrain, regulate and prevent armed conflict. ELAC seeks to develop a more sophisticated framework of rules and stronger forms of international authority relating to armed conflict. Research addresses all aspects of armed conflict, including the recourse to war, the conduct of war, and post-conflict governance, transition and reconstruction.
Can the use of autonomous weapons ever be ethically sound?
Dr Alex Leveringhaus on autonomous weapons
"Drone strikes: ethics and laws of 21st century warfare" by Prof Dapo Akande and Dr Alex Leveringhaus
"Killing with computers – the ethics of autonomous and remote controlled weapons" by Dr Alex Leveringhaus and Dapo Akande
Protecting populations from mass atrocity crimes
What is the responsibility to protect (R2P)?
Can we eliminate the prospect of cyber attack?
"Catastrophic dehumanization: the psychological dynamics of severe conflict" with Tad Homer-Dixon
International crisis and the failure of global ethics
The responsibility to protect in modern international relations
How we can effectively reduce or even eliminate armed conflict
The Responsibility to Prevent
Robo-Wars: The Regulation of Robotic Weapons
Global Responsibility to Protect
Killing in War
What Libya teaches us about Responsibility to Protect
Conflict, climate and enviromental change workshop
The United Nations Security Council and War: The Evolution of Thought and Practice since 1945
Clearing the Fog of War? The ICRC'S Interpretive Guidance on Direct Participation in Hostilities
The Imperative to Rebuild: Assessing the Normative Case for Postconflict Reconstruction
The Legal Nature of Security Council Referrals to the ICC and its Impact on Al Bashir's Immunities
Just and Unjust Warriors: The Moral and Legal Status of Soldiers
War, Torture and Terrorism: Ethics and War in the 21st Century
At Home in the World
War and Self-Defense
Humanitarian Intervention and International Relations