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Australia: New technologies and warfare - the challenges for IHL

05-11-2013 Event

The ICRC Australia Mission together with the Australian Centre for Military and Security Law launched New Technologies and Warfare, the latest edition of the International Review of the Red Cross (IRRC), with a special panel event in Canberra last month.

Event Info

Panel discussion featuring (from left) Dr Helen Durham, Dr Knut Doermann, Dr Hitoshi Nasu, Eve Massingham and Group Captain Ian Henderson.

Where: Australian National University

When: 19.11.2013

Chaired by Dr Helen Durham, from the editorial board of the IRRC, the timely discussion brought together legal experts, including three review authors from Australia, to put the spotlight on the potential legal, ethical and humanitarian implications of changes to weapons technology.  ICRC’s visiting legal division head Knut Doermann was joined on the panel by the director of the Australian Military Law Centre, Group Captain Ian Henderson, ANU College of Law senior lecturer Dr Hitoshi Nasu and Australian Red Cross international humanitarian law officer Eve Massingham. 

The panel delivered a wide-ranging and thought-provoking discussion on new technologies and the associated challenges for international humanitarian law, focusing on autonomous robots, non-lethal weapons, nanotechnologies and the current conduct of weapon reviews.

Panelists:

Dr Knut Doermann, head of the legal division of the ICRC
Ian Henderson, Group Captain, RAAF and director of the Military Law Centre
Hitoshi Nasu, senior lecturer, ANU College of Law and acting co-director of Australian Centre for Military and Security Law
Eve Massingham, international humanitarian law officer, the Australian Red Cross
Chaired by Helen Durham, director IHL, strategy, planning & research, the Australian Red Cross


 


Photos

Panel discussion featuring (from left) Dr Helen Durham, Dr Knut Doermann, Dr Hitoshi Nasu, Eve Massingham and Group Captain Ian Henderson. 

Panel discussion featuring (from left) Dr Helen Durham, Dr Knut Doermann, Dr Hitoshi Nasu, Eve Massingham and Group Captain Ian Henderson.
© ICRC / Andrea Lunt

Group Captain Ian Henderson from the Australian Military Law Centre delivers a presentation on the conduct of weapons reviews. 

Group Captain Ian Henderson from the Australian Military Law Centre delivers a presentation on the conduct of weapons reviews.
© ICRC / Andrea Lunt