The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office has awarded up to £5 million to a new consotium of academics and practicioners to research ways to prevent and reduce civilian suffering in armed conflicts worldwide. 

The Beyond Compliance Consortium is a partnership between the University of York, the University of Glasgow, Utrecht University, and six humanitarian NGOs, Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, War Child UK, Diakonia International Humanitarian Law Centre, Center for Civilians in Conflict, Centre on Armed Groups and Fight for Humanity. 

The Consortium, led by the University of York, includes Dr Rebecca Sutton as Co-Investigator at the University of Glasgow, together with Dr Iona Cismas (University of York), Dr Katharine Fortin (Utrecht University), Dr Ezequiel Heffes (Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict), and other partners. 

Dr Sutton said: “The urgent challenges that communities caught up in armed conflict are facing right now cannot be met by any single actor, nor by one body of law. This academic-practitioner collaboration will focus on the everyday lived experience of armed conflict, with the shared ambition of better understanding – and addressing – the drivers of humanitarian need and civilian harm in war”.

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