The Conflict Law Centre is a unique portal at RSIL which is dedicated to the law of armed conflict. The CLC was founded in September 2015 and undertakes independent, rigorous, quality and in-depth research in order to enhance understanding of, and promote respect for, international humanitarian law. The Centre’s research papers, blogs, events and other outputs address current issues, stimulate debate, and examine under-explored topics.

Our research focuses on all aspects of an armed conflict, including recourse to the use of force (the jus ad bellum), the conduct of war (jus in bello), and post-conflict transition and reconstruction (jus post bellum). We provide authoritative analysis of these areas for a broad audience which includes the government, academics, civil society and students. The CLC also works closely with the Centre of International Law at National Defence University as a source of legal reference in order to support informed policy choices.


Foreign Terrorist Fighters: Between IHL And The Counter-Terrorism Regime

Prior to 2014, “foreign fighters” and “terrorists” represented separate categories of individuals that fell under the jurisdiction of different international law regimes, namely international humanitarian law and the international counter-terrorism regime. However, after the landmark UNSC Resolution 2178 (2014) was passed in response to the influx of third-state fighters in support of ISIL and Al-Qaeda…

Read more

The Coronavirus in Indian-Occupied Kashmir

The first case of coronavirus in Indian-Occupied Kashmir was reported on March 20, 2020.[1] Conflict-affected regions such as the Kashmir valley are acutely vulnerable to the spread of the virus and there are concerns that this could lead to serious humanitarian consequences in the region. This vulnerability is due to the fact that prolonged unrest…

Read more