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Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict

Podcasts of seminars and events held at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, University of Oxford.

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The Mafia and the Mullah: Counternarcotics, Counterinsurgency and Realpolitik in Afghanistan

Captain William Park (U.S. Navy Hudson Fellow, CCW Visiting Fellow and ELAC Research Associate) gives a talk for the Centre for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict seminar series.

52mins

14 Jun 2010

Rank #1

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Influence Operations and Psyops: Information Warfare in the 21st Century

Bob Seeley, MOD, gives a talk for the ELAC/CCW seminar series on 13th November 2012.

38mins

9 Aug 2013

Rank #2

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The Enigma of Article 2(4): Interests and Norms in IR Theory

Over 60 years ago the USA agreed to give up its autonomy over the use of force by signing the UN Charter. Prof. Hurd uses this case study to better understand how states use international rules and how that use remakes both the rules and the states. Over 60 years ago the United States agreed to give up its autonomy over the use of force by signing the United Nations Charter, which includes a ban on war in Article 2(4). The willing self-limit by a Great Power of its sovereignty over war decisions contradicts the realist expectation that states, especially strong ones, will enhance and guard their autonomy. It also presents a puzzle for rationalists and constructivists and their competing models of the relationship between state interests and international norms. These models suggest that states either follow their interests or follow norms which they have internalized. The former makes all behavior 'strategic' and the latter makes it norm-compliant and unconcerned with interests. Neither side can account behavior where decision-makers apparently believe genuinely in the rule but continued to think and act strategically around it. The U.S. position toward Article 2(4) is an example of this broad category in foreign policy. To understand such cases we must bridge the divide between norms and interests, and between rationalism and constructivism, by focusing on how states use international rules and how that use remakes both the rules and the states.

49mins

1 Jun 2009

Rank #3

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Intervention in Libya: A Humanitarian Success?

Professor Alan Kuperman (Texas) gives a talk for the ELAC/CCW seminar series on 24th April 2012.

58mins

30 Apr 2012

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Does War Have a Meaning?

Professor Michael Boylan (Marymount) gives a talk for the Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict/Changing Character of War Seminar Series.

42mins

11 Nov 2011

Rank #5

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The Legacy of 9/11

Panel discussion from the oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict on The Legacy of 9/11.

1hr

25 Oct 2011

Rank #6

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Killing in Humanitarian Wars

Professor Cecile Fabre, Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, Lincoln College Oxford University, gives a talk for the ELAC/CCW lunchtime seminar series on the 3rd May, 2011. Introduced by Dr David Rodin.

37mins

16 May 2011

Rank #7

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Is War Evil? - Why We fight Conference Lecture 8

Part of the Why we Fight Conference held in Nuffield College October 2010. Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University Jeff McMahan gives his paper followed by a discussion.

1hr 35mins

5 Jan 2011

Rank #8

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The Untold War

Nancy Sherman, University of Glasgow, gives a talk for the Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict Seminar Series, in this, she talks about the philosophical concept of guilt in war. Introduced by Hew Strachan.

1hr 9mins

8 Mar 2011

Rank #9

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Intervention in Libya and Implications for European and Transatlantic Defence Cooperation

Camille Grand (Director Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique (FRS, Paris) gives a talk for the ELAC/OHG (Oxford Humanitarian Group) on 31st May 2011.

44mins

13 Jun 2011

Rank #10

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Critical Voices on the Responsibility to Protect

Dr Aidan Hehir (Director of the Security and International Relations Programme, University of Westminster) and Dr Ann-Christin Raschdorf (Former Visiting Fellow, ELAC 2011), are chaired by Professor Jennifer Welsh on 9th November 2012.

53mins

26 Mar 2013

Rank #11

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War Crimes Trials, Solemnity and the Problem of Evil

Prof Gerry Simpson (LSE / University of Melbourne) gives a talk for the Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict Seminar Series on the 2nd of March 2010 with Dapo Akande.

37mins

14 Jun 2010

Rank #12

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The Battlefield from Afar: Independently Operating Systems and their Compatibility with the laws of Armed Conflict

Markus Wagner, Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami Law School, gives a talk for the 2011 Hilary term ELAC/CCW seminar series.

44mins

21 Feb 2011

Rank #13

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Private Diplomacy, Public Peace: Practical Challenges in Contemporary Peace Negotiations

Seminar given by the Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Martin Griffiths on the role played by private mediators in securing peace between warring factions and states in areas such as Africa and the Middle East.

44mins

11 Jan 2010

Rank #14

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Preventative War

Professor Deen Chatterjee gives a talk for the ELAC semianar series on 21st May 2013. With Professor Cheyney Ryan and Dr David Rodin.

50mins

9 Aug 2013

Rank #15

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Intelligence and the Dhofar Insurgency: New Perspectives

Prof Clive Jones (Leeds University) gives a talk for the Centre for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict seminar series.

37mins

14 Jun 2010

Rank #16

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Targeted Killing in War and Peace: A Philosophical Analysis

Professor Fernando Teson (Florida State University College of Law) gives a talk for the ELAC/CCW Seminar Series on 31 Jan 2012. Introduced by Dr David Rodin.

42mins

1 Feb 2012

Rank #17

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Humanitarian Ethics in Armed Conflict: Aid Agency Dilemmas and Responsibility

Dr Hugo Slim (Visiting Fellow, ELAC) gives a talk for the Ethics, Law and Armed conflict seminar series on 17 Jan 2012.

48mins

19 Jan 2012

Rank #18

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Indiscriminate Disproportionality: Another Attempt at Rules with Teeth

Prof. Henry Shue (Oxford) provides a moral reflection on international law by looking at the concept of proportional conduct in armed conflict. The discussant is Janina Dill (Oxford).

57mins

17 Feb 2009

Rank #19

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Special Responsibilities in World Politics

Professor Ian Clark and Professor Christian Reus-Smit give a talk for the Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict 2011 Hilary Term seminar series.

40mins

11 Feb 2011

Rank #20