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 Members Participate in Key Woomera Manual Editorial Meeting in Yokohama, Japan

  RUMLAE Director Prof Dale Stephens and RUMLAE Management Board member Dr Stacey Henderson recently attended a week long editorial meeting in Yokohama, Japan (unfortunately Prof Melissa de Zwart, an editorial member of the Project was unable to attend).  Representatives from the other leading Universities spearheading this project, namely Prof Jack Beard (University of Nebraska), …



RUMLAE research on Post-traumatic Stress

Last week, two researchers from Research Unit on Military Law and Ethics, Kellie Toole and Elaine Waddell, presented at the Global Alliance Conference on Post-Traumatic Stress. They discussed their preliminary findings on why ex-service men are in prison at twice the rate of the general population. On their return, we asked them to share some …



RUMLAE Researchers Ms Kellie Toole and Dr Elaine Waddell Present their Preliminary Findings on the Topic of Military Service and Criminal Offending

  On Friday, 18 Oct 2019, RUMLAE Management Board Member Ms Kellie Toole and RUMLAE member Dr Elaine Waddell presented a public seminar in the Law School regarding their preliminary findings into research they are undertaking regarding the connection between military service and (civilian) criminal offending. This research is pioneering in Australia. It is the …



RUMLAE Director Presents on The Woomera Manual at American Branch ILA Conf in NYC.

RUMLAE Director, Prof Dale Stephens was recently invited to present on Space Law and The Woomera Manual at the annual American Branch of the International Law Association Conference held at Fordham University in New York City from Oct 10-12, 2019.  The title of the Conference was ‘The Resilience of International Law’ and Prof Stephens panel …



RUMLAE Director, Prof Dale Stephens Presents on Space Law at Royal Air Force Legal Conference in the UK

This past week RUMLAE Director Prof Dale Stephens attended the Annual RAF Legal Conference at RAF Halton, UK.  The theme of the conference was multi domain operations and space and cyber operations figured strongly on the agenda.  Prof Stephens was invited to speak to the issues of Space Law and Military Operations as well as …



Third Woomera Manual Plenary meeting in the Hague

The third working group meeting for the Woomera Manual project was held in the Hague between 5 & 9 August 2019.  The working group meeting was held in the Hague at the invitation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands,  hosted by the Ministry of Defence through the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Representatives of the founding …