Panel discussion on the challenges of new technologies in warfare
The panel marks the inauguration of the ICRC's conference cycle entitled "New technologies and the modern battlespace: Humanitarian perspectives".
Where: ICRC Humanitarium, 19 Avenue de la Paix, Geneva
- What new technologies?
- Legal issues
- Q&A with the audience
- Introducing ICRC's first Research & Debate Cycle – Interview with Vincent Bernard
- Just what is really new? – Interview with Noel Sharkey
- Autonomous weapons, cyber warfare and drones – Interview with Marco Sassòli
- Is International Humanitarian Law still relevant? – Interview with Laurent Gisel
- Raising awareness among the military – Interview with Roberta Arnold
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 and Debate Cycle proposes to discuss. From March to June 2014, several publics events will be organized at the Humanitarium in Geneva and elsewhere, with a view to addressing the novel humanitarian, legal and ethical challenges posed by new technologies. In particular, this introductory panel will present 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.
- Dr. Roberta Arnold, LLM, Attorney, Researcher at the Military Academy at ETH Zurich, Chair for Strategic Studies
- Dr. William Boothby, Associate Fellow, Emerging Security Challenges Programme, Geneva Centre for Security Policy
- Laurent Gisel, Thematic Legal Adviser, Legal Division, ICRC
- Prof. Marco Sassòli, Professor and Director, Department of Public International Law and International Organization, University of Geneva
- Prof. Noel Sharkey, Emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Professor of Public Engagement, University of Sheffield, and Chairman of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control
- Moderated by Dr. Nils Melzer, Senior Fellow and Senior Programme Advisor, Emerging Security Challenges Programme, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)
Follow the First Research & Debate Cycle: keep informed of upcoming events, podcasts, interviews and reference documents on New Technologies and the Modern Battlespace
- New technologies and warfare - International Review of the Red Cross, issue No. 886
- New technologies and IHL - Thematic page
- Cyber warfare - Thematic page
- Law and Policy Platform - ICRC's platform for training, research and debate on humanitarian law and action
- Humanitarium - The international forum for exchange and debate on humanitarian law, policy and action
- IHL and the challenges of contemporary armed conflicts - Report