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Dr Agnieszka Jachec-Neale



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Agnieszka is an expert researcher and lecturer with practical insight into how international law is applied in during armed conflict and in post conflict environments.

She has over five years’ experience alone working in the field missions in south eastern Europe, where she specialised in monitoring domestic war crimes trials and in the enforcement of human rights standards in emerging democracies. She has a unique field experience in serving throughout with the Kosovo crisis and in post-war Croatia with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Agnieszka has been involved in managing and implementing major projects and producing analytical as well multi-disciplinary reports in the fields of international humanitarian law and international human rights. This involved working on project in OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Rule of Law in Warsaw and supporting work of Croatian Ombudsman.

She has subsequently served as a research fellow for the British Institute of International and Comparative Law where she developed research specialising in the laws of armed conflict and recently as Associated Fellow in Chatham House. Agnieszka presents papers at conferences, round tables and workshops around the world, including the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law and to specialist gatherings such as the International Society of Military Law and Laws of War and Bruges Colloquium on International Humanitarian Law.

In addition to teaching in the Law School, she is also a Crisis Watch tutor for the Strategy and Security Institute of Exeter University.

She is also an active member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).

Research group links

Research interests

Agnieszka’s doctoral thesis was published by Routledge in 2015, when it became the first monograph on military objectives. In her book she explored the concept of ‘military objective’, which defines lawful targets during hostilities in the context of the Law of Armed Conflict. Apart from a comprehensive analysis of the elements of the definition, she has also examined how the definition works in practice, from two multidisciplinary angles. The resulting book received a number of positive reviews from experts in the field, including an extensive essay review by R. Kolb (Leiden Journal of International Law, Vol. 28, 2015).

Agnieszka’s key research  areas comprise:

  • Law of armed conflict, especially conduct of hostilities
  • Military targeting doctrine and its relationship with international law
  • Legal interoperability in coalition operations
  • Post-conflict situation management: stabilization and development/enforcement of human rights and rule of law standards

She is currently developing a study on a legal framework of protected objects in armed conflict. Specifically she is investigating the protective regime of the various categories of objects such as medical units/hospitals, civilian objects including schools, residential buildings and other categories such UN peacekeeping missions’  facilities and critical infrastructure. As a part of her research she is examining the impact of the destruction of cultural property and protective status of religious protected sites during armed conflict such as mosques and churches.

Research supervision

I am interested in superivsing innovative theses in the broad field of public international law, especially in areas of the law of armed conflict/international humanitarian law; international criminal law and post-conflict justice, rule of law and stabilisation. I would particularly welcome multidisciplinary cross-cutting topics in areas of security or international development and international law.

Major Research and Consulting Projects

2017: ‘Future Legal Operating Environment’, Scoping Study, UK Ministry of Defence (with Dr Aurel Sari)

2016- PRESENT: Project on ‘Study on the Legal framework of Protected Objects During Armed Conflicts’ (in development)

2014-2015: Member, Chatham House Project on ‘Human Rights and Armed Forces’
(with E. Wilmshurst, F. Hampson, C. Garraway, N. Lubbell, D. Akande, D. Murray, A. Murdoch, M. Meyer and Army Legal Service OpsLaw)

2006-2007: Member, Chatham House and British Institute of International and Comparative Law Joint Project on Perspectives on the ICRC Customary International Humanitarian Law Study

2006-2007: Member, British Institute of International and Comparative Law EU-Sponsored Project on Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy in Iran

Funding obtained: the European Commission (£1,000,000), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (£120,000) and the Ferguson Trust (£25,000).

2001 – 2003:  Rule of Law/Legal Officer
OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Mission to Croatia

Funding obtained: in excess of 100,000 Euros
Whilst in Croatia I developed and successfully implemented two major legal projects which related to the institution of the Croatian Ombudsman. The Ombudsman Public Outreach and Awareness Project was designed to widen the outreach of the Ombudsman office to the most vulnerable groups of local communities by the development of tools for greater coverage and increasing public awareness on legal issues of concern. The second project, Ombudsman Expert Assistance Project, was aimed at providing a comprehensive and objective analysis of the current legal and political environment surrounding the Ombudsman institution in Croatia.

2000 – 2001: Assistant to the Project Coordinator

OSCE ODIHR (Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights), Warsaw, Poland ‘Legislative Website for South Eastern Europe’ Project initially, which became a flagship legislative website for all OSCE participating states, at