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This programme investigates the increasing and changing nature of the role of law in situations of armed conflict and in various types of military operations including peace operations. The programme has been in progress since 2007 and following a positive external assessment over the period 2009-2015, it will be continued in the coming years (2017-2021).

The programme in a nutshell

The primary focus is upon the role of public international law, as befits a research center for international law such as the ACIL; but attention is also devoted to the relationship of international law to other branches of law such as military operational law, conflict and security law and arms control law as well as to disciplines other than law, including international relations, military operational art and science, military history and conflict studies and strategy where this is relevant for assisting in attaining the goals of the various projects which together make up the overall programme.

Research themes

  • Legal bases for the use of force and military operations: old law and new challenges
  • International humanitarian law and human rights law in contemporary armed conflicts: challenges, dilemmas and prospects. 
  • The development of international military operational law as a new sub discipline within public international law and its relationship with and contribution to public international law
  • Arms control, nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security in an uncertain environment