Research Unit on Military Law and Ethics

The Research Unit on Military Law and Ethics (RUMLAE)  at the Adelaide Law School has been established to examine legal and policy issues relevant to military and security matters with a particular focus on ethical aspects relevant to the use of force.

RUMLAE aims to facilitate the emergence of a creative inter-disciplinary dialogue on contemporary challenges in the areas of military law, national security, international law, military justice, international relations, strategic policy and space law.




RUMLAE board member Dr Colette Langos appointed as an Honorary Faculty Member of US Army JAG School

  RUMLAE board member Dr Colette Langos has just returned from a six month secondment  as a Visiting Professor at the United States Judge Advocate General’s School.  Dr Langos was the first foreign academic to hold the position of Visiting Professor. Before Dr Langos’ tenure at the Army JAG School concluded, she was appointed as an Honorary Faculty …



Associate Professor Matthew Stubb’s presents on Space Law and Human Rights at Stanford

Associate Professor Matthew Stubbs, a member of RUMLAE’s Management Board, spent the second half of 2018 on sabbatical as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice.   On 6 December, he gave a public lecture at Stanford entitled ‘Space Law and Human Rights: An Exploration of Regime Interactions on the …



RUMLAE Director Prof Dale Stephens presents at the Second Annual Red Cross IHL Symposium in Hobart

On Friday 1 Nov, RUMLAE Director Prof Dale Stephens participated in a panel at the University of Tasmania with Dr Fiona Terry (International Committee of the Red Cross) on the issue of ‘Restraint in Warfare’.  The panel dealt principally with a new ICRC report titled ‘Roots of Restraint in War’ that had been overseen by Dr Terry ( that explored strategies for creating …



Prof De Zwart chairs Expert Panel on Future Technology and Australia’s Defence Interests

At the invitation of the ‘Young Australians in International Affairs’ organization, RUMLAE Deputy Director, Professor Melissa de Zwart hosted a highly engaging event on Monday night (Oct 22) titled ‘Technology 2.0: Future Technology and Australia’s Defence Interests’.  An auspicious panel comprising representatives of the Australian Defence Force, SA Govt, Industry and a private ‘think tank’ grappled with questions …



Free speech in a digital world

On Friday 21st September, RUMLAE member Dr Colette Langos (University of Adelaide Law School) and co-presenter Associate Professor Wanda Cassidy (Centre for Education, Law and Society, Simon Fraser University) gave a plenary presentation at the National Law-Related Conference – Free Speech Today, American Bar Association (Division for Public Health) held in Chicago, United States. The …



Commercialisation of Space

RUMLAE Members Prof Melissa de Zwart, Dr Stacey Henderson and Joel Lisk recently attended the Australian Space Research Conference in Surfers Paradise.  Prof de Zwart presented a key note address on the commercialisation of space, highlighting the delicate balance between domestic legislation, intellectual property protection, and motivating innovation in the space industry.  Dr Henderson presented …