Hellestveit has co-authored a chapter on Synthetic biology and the Biological Weapons Convention in the Routledge Handbook of War, Law and Technology with Filippa Lentzos. The chapter traces recent developments and trends in weaponization of synthetic biology, and assesses whether the categorical ban on biological weapons under international law applies to synthetic biology , identifying some of the faultlines.
Hellestveit made a presentation at an international conference in September 2018 to commemorate The UN Genocide Convention at 70: The Politics of Mass Atrocity Prevention at a session addressing non-state perpetrators of mass-atrocities. Hellestveit’s paper, entitled Tribes, Thugs, Terrorists, and the Law: Non-Conventional Armed Violence and the Genocide Convention analyses the particular challenges that arise under international law for holding non-state actors accountable for genocide. A revised version of the paper will be published in a forthcoming book, edited by Joyce A Apsel, Ellen Stensrud and Anton Weiss-Wendt.
Following the election of Donald Trump in November 2016, the Obama administration rushed to finalize a report on existing legal and policy framework guiding military operations, published in December 2016. The objective was to identify current practices and understandings by the US administration, and force subsequent administrations to identify changes to this understanding and policy.US report on the legall and policy framework guiding military operations 2016 The next report was published by the Trump administration in March 2018, containing elements of updates and of changes made by the Trump-administration. The report is annexed here: US report on the legal and policy framework guiding military operations 2018