War Economies and International Law

Presentation by Mark Taylor, Research Director, Fafo

This event is open for everyone, including students.

When the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) leapt onto the global stage in 2014 it was quickly described as "the most cash-rich militant group in the world." The phenomenon of insurgents financing their activities through illicit economic activity is not new. In fact, the challenges of such 'war economies' has been a growing concern to makers of law and policy at the international level. There have been a range of international law measures, across several regimes, directed towards grappling with the problems that arise from economic activity associated with armed conflict. Yet, the diversity of initiatives has resulted in uncertainty over basic norms and regulatory approaches, raising questions about the effectiveness, fairness and legitimacy of international law responses to war economies.

The presentation will outline a work in progress which aims to critically assess the public international law regulation of war economies. What are war economies? How does international law regulate them? Do these rules constitute an appropriate and effective response?


Coffee, tea and fresh fruit will be served.
You may bring your lunch packet!

Published Dec. 14, 2015 10:04 AM - Last modified Mar. 17, 2017 9:43 AM