New warfare technologies, new protection challenges

This humanitarian action webcast, co-produced by the ICRC and the Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA), explores contemporary technological developments and discusses the resulting challenges that emerge for humanitarian protection. The discussion is part of ICRC's Research and debate cycle on new technologies and the modern battlespace.

The experts examine the following questions: To what extent have new technologies changed the way that modern actors think about conduct during armed conflict? What are the legal challenges and considerations that access to advanced technologies bring forth? How can and should humanitarian agencies harness new technology? How do new technologies influence traditional views and operational strategies for humanitarian intervention and humanitarian assistance?


Expert Commentators

  • Mr. Claude Bruderlein, Strategic Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Ms. Bonnie Docherty, Senior Researcher in the Arms Division at Human Rights Watch, instructor at the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School
  • Professor Brian Rappert, Sociology, Philosophy & Anthropology Department, University of Exeter
  • Professor Noel Sharkey, Emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and Professor of Public Engagement, University of Sheffield; Chairman of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control
  • Professor Michael Lewis, Ohio Northern University, Claude W. Pettit College of Law
  • Dr. Peter Singer, Director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program, Brookings Institute

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