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Exeter Centre for International Law

Exeter Centre for International Law

The Exeter Centre for International Law supports research collaboration, and innovative research-led teaching in the field of international law, by:

  • Carrying out research projects on a range of international law-related topics
  • Delivering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in international law, drawing from the expertise of Centre members
  • Hosting seminars, guest lectures and workshops on topical issues
  • Developing connections with relevant institutions, organisations and practitioners in order to bridge gaps between academia and practice
  • Offering high quality supervision for students wishing to carry out research in international law
  • Providing opportunities for students to contribute to the Centre's activities and gain skills to enhance future employability


Exeter Law School: Thought Leaders in Cyber Law

Exeter Law School’s Professor Michael Schmitt and Dr. Kubo Mačák were figured prominently at a series of events on cyber security held in Tallinn, Estonia, over the past two weeks. 

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Rules for space warfare to be drawn up

An international coalition of lawyers is to draft the first ever legal manual of space warfare.

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From Santiago to Singapore: Professor Schmitt talks Cyber Operations

Professor Schmitt co-directed a course on the international law of cyber operations for government officials from Central and South America in Santiago, Chile.

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Dr Jachec-Neale presents at the Second Israel Defence Forces Conference on the Law of Armed Conflict

Dr Agnieszka Jachec-Neale is presenting her research on the targeting of State and political party leaders and infrastructure related to leadership during armed conflict at the second International Israel Defence Forces Conference on the Law of Armed Conflict. 

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First comprehensive legal guide for cyber behaviour published by University of Exeter expert

The first comprehensive guide covering the legal rules of behaviour in cyberspace, which will be used by governments around the world, has been published by a University of Exeter academic.

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Professor Schmitt honoured by the Estonian Government

A University of Exeter expert has been honoured by the Estonian Government for his pioneering work in international law.

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Exeter Law Professor Addresses NATO Secretary-General and North Atlantic Council on Cyber Law

On 19 January, Professor Mike Schmitt spoke on international law of cyber operation to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Deputy Secretary-General Rose Gottemoeller, and the North Atlantic Council (NAC).

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Dr Sari participates in Exercise Trident Juncture 16

Dr Aurel Sari reports on his participation in a command post exercise with the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

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Professor Schmitt's research and speaking tour

Professor Schmitt has been on a research and speaking tour for the last two months. He is now concluding his travels with a two week stay at the CCD COE in Estonia, completing the work on the Tallinn Manual.

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'Global Conversation' takes key issue of cyberwarfare to Washington DC

The latest research on cybersecurity, an issue high on the agenda for both sides in the current US Presidential election campaign, will be shared by a leading expert from the University of Exeter at a special event in Washington DC, USA.

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Expert roundtable on international humanitarian law to be hosted at Exeter Law School on 22-23 September 2016

Exeter Law School will host an expert roundtable in collaboration with the University of Reading to explore the impact of the law of armed conflict on general international law

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World-leading international law expert takes up post at Exeter Law School

We are delighted to announce that Professor Michael N. Schmitt has joined the School on a full-time basis.

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Professor Schmitt speaks at the annual Fugh Symposium

The symposium brings together the most senior military attorneys from around the world to consider issues at the cutting-edge of law and conflict and to share their concerns and perspectives.

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Professor Schmitt attended the Transatlantic International Law and Armed Conflict Workshop at Oxford University

The workshops bring together a small, select group of senior scholars and practitioners from North America and Europe to exchange views on challenging topics in the field of international humanitarian law.

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Experts from around the world gather to discuss challenges of warfare

Representatives from the armed forces of several nations, NATO and the International Committee of the Red Cross joined Exeter academics to debate some of the most pressing legal challenges facing military operations.

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Professor Mike Schmitt and Dr Kubo Mačák speak on cyber security in Estonia

On 1 June 2016, two Exeter academics participated in a high-level expert panel on international law and cyber security at the 8th International Conference on Cyber Conflict (CyCon) in Tallinn, Estonia. 

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Professor Mike Schmitt speaks on progress of Tallinn Manual 2.0 Project

Professor Schmitt, Professor of Public International Law at Exeter Law School, presented a public lecture at the T.M.C. Asser Institute  in the Hague on 3 February.

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Targeting: The Challenges of Modern Warfare

Targeting: The Challenges of Modern Warfare 

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Our members and research interests

  • Dr Agnieszka Jachec-Neale
    Expert researcher and lecturer with practical insight into how international law is applied during armed conflict and in post conflict environments.
  • Dr Michael Addo
    International human rights law, business and human rights, public international law, cultural diversity and universal normativity.
  • Dr Ana Beduschi
    Immigration and asylum law, human rights law.
  • Joseph Lee
  • International securities law and regulation, international trade law, and international commercial arbitration.
  • Kubo Macak
    General international law, international humanitarian law, human rights law.
  • Dr Aurel Sari
    International law and military operations, status of forces, international humanitarian law.
  • Professor Mike Schmitt
    The use of force, international humanitarian law, cyber conflict.
  • Dr Julia Schmidt
    EU common security and defence policy, regional security.
  • Christine Bicknell
    International and European human rights law.

You can use our expertise search to find academics with research that matches your interests and search for research opportunities. 

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ECIL Working Paper Series

General Editor: Professor Mike Schmitt

Editor-in-Chief: Dr Kubo Mačák

The Working Paper Series was established by the Exeter Centre for International Law (ECIL) in August 2018 in order to promote research outputs in the area of international law authored by members of the academic community at Exeter Law School. Enquiries about the series and requests for submission guidelines should be addressed to the editor-in-chief.


For non-media enquiries about the Exeter Centre for International Law and its activities, please contact us in one of the following ways:


Dr Agnieszka Jachec-Neale

Telephone: +44 (0)1392 723384

Exeter Centre for International Law
Law School - Amory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive


Media enquiries are also welcome - please contact:

Telephone: +44 (0)1392 722307