From our friends at the ICRC:
Launch of the ICRC First Research & Debate Cycle: New Technologies and the Modern Battlespace
In recent years, a wide array of new technologies has entered the modern battlefield, giving rise to new methods and means of warfare, such as cyber attacks, armed drones and robots. While there can be no doubt that IHL applies to them, applying pre-existing legal rules to new technologies may raise the question of whether the rules are sufficiently clear in light of the new technologies’ specific characteristics and foreseeable humanitarian impact.
Each of these new technologies raises a host of issues, which the first Research & Debate Cycle proposes to discuss. From March to June 2014, several publics events will be organized around the globe, with a view to answering several objectives:
• connecting academics and researchers on international humanitarian law, scientists, military representatives, human rights lawyers, policy-makers and practitioners,
• facilitating discussion, exchange of knowledge and new ideas in relation to the theme of the cycle,
• ensuring a global outreach, through the involvement of relevant ICRC delegations and contacts in the field,
• proposing multi-disciplinary solutions to the questions identified.
On March 25, the inaugural panel presented the various ethical, legal, scientific, and military issues that new technologies raise for humanitarian law and action, and which the subsequent events will strive to answer. The recording of the panel, as well as several interviews with the speakers, is now available on the ICRC’s website.
Watch the video here
Keep informed of the Cycle’s upcoming events, podcasts, interviews and reference documents here.