Neil Renic is a researcher at the IFSH. Prior to this, he lectured international security and peace and conflict analysis at the University of Queensland, Australia. He received his doctorate (2015-2017) from the University of Queensland. During this time, he spent twelve months as a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford. Neil Renic’s PhD addressed the moral right to kill in war, and the extent to which this right is challenged by the growing capability of certain states to kill with little or no physical risk to their own forces.

Research Profile | Current Projects

Neil Renic contributes to the “Arms Control and Emerging Technologies” project at IFSH, focusing on the changing character of war and the ethical and legal regulation of armed conflict. In this context, he is currently investigating the extent to which, and in what way, the timing of the legal regulation of battlefield weapons and techniques matters. Alongside this, he is evaluating the national mechanisms established by individual states to review the legality of ‘new’ weapons. He has a forthcoming piece on the nature and significance of supererogation in war and a forthcoming book with Oxford University Press titled: Asymmetric Killing: Risk Avoidance, Just War, and the Warrior Ethos.

Selected Publications

  • Renic, Neil C.. 2019.
    Battlefield Mercy: Unpacking the Nature and Significance of Supererogation in War.
    Ethics & International Affairs 33 (3): 343-362. DOI: 10.1017/S0892679419000364.
  • Renic, Neil C.. 2019.
    Justified Killing in an Age of Radically Asymmetric Warfare.
    European Journal of International Relations 25 (2): 408-430. DOI: 10.1177/1354066118786776.
  • Renic, Neil C.. 2018.
    A Gardener's Vision: UAVs and the Dehumanisation of Violence.
    Survival 60 (6): 57-72. DOI: 10.1080/00396338.2018.1542794.
  • Renic, Neil C.. 2018.
    UAVs and the End of Heroism? Historicising the Ethical Challenge of Asymmetric Violence.
    Journal of Military Ethics 17 (4): 188-197. DOI: 10.1080/15027570.2019.1585621.