The Law of Armed Conflict and Military Operations (LACMO) is an autonomous research group within the Amsterdam Center for International Law that investigates the role of law, in particular public international law, in relation to a wide variety of military operations and security challenges.
LACMO's research is organized around a number of broad themes, each of which contains a number of projects. These are:
The primary aim of the research group and focus of the research programme is to investigate the role of law, in particular public international law, in relation to a wide variety of military operations and security challenges. It is aimed at exploring and explaining the legal bases and regimes which are applicable to such operations in a changing environment and providing legal guidance on how these relate to each other and influence and regulate how military operations are planned and conducted.
The cooperation with other universities and defence colleges is organized around a newly established research consortium operating under the name of ‘LACMO Research Network’. The research network is based upon a framework agreement for organizing joint projects, conducting cooperative research , joint supervision of PhD projects and exchange of personnel. As of October 2018 it comprised some 20 research groups from as many universities and military staff colleges and academies in Europe, North America and Asia and the Pacific. A launch conference was held in September 2018 to mark the official inauguration of the network and more joint projects are planned for the coming years.
Find out about the latest news and upcoming events on LACMO's website (external site).
The Research Programme “Role of Law in Armed Conflict and Peace Operations” (LACPO) was initiated in 2007 as an independent programme within the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL). It was prolonged in 2010 and again in 2013 after two successive favourable external evaluations, in each case for periods of three years. In 2017, a new period commenced in which ACIL decided to no longer position its research inside a programme, but rather to organize its research around a series of projects. This along with other changes led to the necessity of restating and where necessary adapting the LACPO Programme to the new ACIL organizational structure and to new research opportunities.