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Dr Aurel Sari

Senior Lecturer


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Aurel Sari is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter, specializing in public international law. His work focuses mainly on questions of operational law, including the law of armed conflict, the legal status of foreign armed forces and the application of human rights law in deployed operations. Dr Sari has published widely in leading academic journals on status of forces agreements, peace support operations and the legal aspects of European security and defence policy. Dr Sari maintains close working relationships with legal practitioners in the armed forces and lectures regularly on the subject of international law and military operations in the UK and abroad.

Before taking up an appointment at Exeter Law School in 2008, Dr Sari studied law and politics at the University of Durham (BA, First Class), the London School of Economics (LLM, Distinction) and University College London (PhD).

Dr Sari is a member of several academic associations and serves on the ILA Committee on Nuclear Weapons, Non-proliferation & Contemporary International Law, the ILA Study Group on The Conduct of Hostilities under International Humanitarian Law and the Committee of the UK National Group of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War. He is also a member of the editorial board of The Military Law and the Law of War Review. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law in Cambridge in 2009. Dr Sari is a Fellow of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps.

Please visit his website and his SSRN pages for more information on his work.

To see Dr Sari during his office hours, please book an appointment here.



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Research interests

Dr Sari's research interests lie in the field of public international law and the external relations of the European Union.

International law

Dr Sari's work on public international law focuses mainly on the legal framework governing the conduct of military operations. He is particular interested in the legal status of foreign armed forces under international law and has published widely on status of forces agreements and other operational law matters. Dr Sari maintains close working relationships with the professional community, in particular NATO School Oberammergau, the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and UK Army Legal Services, and contributes to the work of several international bodies active in this area. He is the founding director of the Exeter Research Programme in International Law and Military Operations, which provides a focal point for the study of the international legal aspects of contemporary military operations by bringing together experts working in this field at Exeter.

European security and defence

Since 2003, the European Union has acquired an operational capability enabling it to launch and conduct civilian and military crisis management missions abroad. The involvement of the EU in peace support operations raises a range of exciting questions both in relation to its internal law as well as under international law more generally. Dr Sari has published several papers in leading academic journals and edited volumes on the treaty practice of the EU, its competences in the field of foreign policy and the evolution of the legal instruments of the Common Foreign and Security Policy. He has also contributed chapters to major academic commentaries on the provisions of the Treaty on European Union.


Research supervision

Dr Sari welcomes approaches from prospective doctoral students concerning research projects in public international law. He is particularly interested in supervising projects on the law of armed conflict, peace support operations, jurisdictional immunities, international responsibility and EU security and defence policy, but is ready to consider good ideas on other subjects as well.