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Dr Agnieszka Jachec-Neale



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Dr Jachec-Neale is an expert researcher and lecturer with practical insight into how international law is applied in during armed conflict and in transitional and post-conflict environments. In addition to her position in Law School she has been affiliated with Strategy and Security Institute and Medical School here at the University of Exeter teaching in multidisciplinary settings. 

Agnieszka 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). In the past she 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.

Agnieszka has later worked 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 subsequently as Associated Fellow in the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). She remains an active member of the latter.

Dr Jachec-Neale 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. Since 2018 she holds a position of Chairwoman of International Humanitarian Law Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors of International Society of Military Law and Laws of War. 


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Research interests

Dr Jachec-Neale’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).

Dr Jachec-Neale'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

Agnieszka 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.



2017 August- 2018 January: MOD project ‘International Law in 2050’ (with A. Sari)

2017 January -March: Scoping project for MOD on legal aspects of future operating environment

2014-2016: 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

2005-2007: Researcher to Expert Consultant (Prof. Michael N. Schmitt) to Defense Team, U.S. v. David Hicks, Military Commissions



Research supervision

Dr Jachec-Neale is interested in supervising innovative theses in the broad field of public international law, especially in areas of the law of armed conflicts / international humanitarian law; international criminal law and post-conflict justice, rule of law and stabilisation. She will particularly welcome multidisciplinary cross-cutting topics in areas of security or international development and international law.

Dr Jachec-Neale is currently supervising following students as a first supervisor:

Natalie Olszowy - ERSC SWDTP Award in the Socio-Legal Studies (incoming Oct. 2019) 

Dr Jachec- Neale is also supervising the following students as second supervisor:


Jennifer Maddocks, ‘State responsibility for international law violations involving non-state actors in armed conflict’, co-supervised with Professor Michael N. Schmitt

Chris Fleming, ‘International Crimes in the Context of Cyber Activities’, co-supervised with Professor Michael N. Schmitt

Peter Barker, ‘The Right of Transit Passage in International Law of the Sea – its past development and future challenges’, co-supervised with Professor Michael N. Schmitt

Marlen Von Reith, ‘The evolution of western political discourse on child soldiering since 1945: a comparative analysis of Britain and West Germany’, co- supervised with Dr Stacey Hynd (History)




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