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Centre for Conflict, Rule of Law and Society (CRoLS)

Centre for Conflict, Rule of Law and Society (CRoLS)

The Centre for Conflict, Rule of Law and Society (CRoLS) brings together law academics at Bournemouth University engaging in interdisciplinary research into and scholarship around Conflict, the Rule of Law and the role of legal regulation in our Society. These central themes pervade the academic work and research outputs of this group.

Conflict: On the global stage, our research covers Terrorism, Hybrid Threats and Warfare within their respective legal context of public international law, international human rights, humanitarian and criminal law as well as transitional justice. New emerging fields of research include Information Operations and the use of Mass Media as part of influence operations.  On the domestic side, we are concerned with conflict in a variety of contexts ranging from crime, terrorism, cyber attacks on the infrastructure, the environment, healthcare and public sector service provision.

Rule of Law and Society: The centre has an established interest in and research experience in relation to public law, legal history and the regulation of corporations, health care and the environment. Once again, our research has both a domestic and international dimension.

Researchers within the group have attracted funding in the past from the SLSA, NATO, Swedish Defence College, the South African Department of Defence, Rijksbanken Sweden, British Academy and Nuffield Foundation.

Our projects

Cyber Security lab

The emergence of hybrid warfare

BU’s Dr Sascha-Dominik Bachmann is working with military experts to explore the concept further and advise government officials and NATO about how to deal with this new and emerging threat.

Judicial communication in the English Youth Court

Judicial communication in the English Youth Court

A small pilot project conducted by Dr Max Lowenstein will qualitatively investigate English youth sentencing remarks from those who predominantly produce them, i.e. District Judges and Magistrates.

A red sunset over a hilly horizon

Early life decisions

Jeff Wale is exploring and engaging with medical decision making at the very beginning of possible ‘human’ life in the context of fetal reductions in multiple pregnancy in the first trimester.

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Mark “Max” Maxwell (LTC) visits CRoLS

Mark “Max” Maxwell (LTC), Deputy Legal Counsel, U.S. Africa Command visited the Centre for Conflict, Rule of Law and Society (CRoLS) and gave a topical lecture on “Modern Conflict and the Soldier’s Right of Self Defence On Today’s Battlefield”.

Screening Human Life

Conflict, Rule of Law and Society (CROLS) researcher, Jeffrey Wale, has published a paper on Screening Human Life in the Architecture Media Politics Society (AMPS) Journal Proceedings Series.