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28 April 2017, 17:00-19:00
Register start 10 April 2017
Register end 28 April 2017


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Regulation of Weapons and their Use in Military Operations

Military Briefings

Marines with India Battery, the artillery attachment for Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire a 120 mm towed mortar system, called the Expeditionary Fire Support System. Marines with India Battery, the artillery attachment for Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire a 120 mm towed mortar system, called the Expeditionary Fire Support System.

For this fourth military briefing, Capitaine de Vaisseau Erwan Roche, who formerly served in the Arms Control division of the Defense Staff, will brief the audience on the main principles that govern the choice of means and methods of warfare (international humanitarian law principles and principles of military strategy) and provide an overview of some selected weapons used in current operations.

He will also share his views on legal and policy considerations in relation to future weapons such as autonomous weapons, cyber weapons and non-lethal weapons.

Briefing By

Capitaine de vaisseau Erwan Roche, Etat-major des armées (Defense Staff), France.

Audience and Registration

 The Military Briefings are open to Geneva Academy’s students only. Interested students need to register to attend this event.

About Military Briefings

Military Briefings are a unique series of events relating to military institutions and the law. They aim to improve our students’ knowledge of military actors and operations and build bridges between the military and civilian worlds.


Villa Moynier, 120B Rue de Lausanne, Geneva


Public Transport

Tram 15, Direction Nations - tram stop Butini

Bus 1 or 25, Direction Jardin Botanique - bus stop Sécheron

Access for People with Disabilities

Villa Moynier is accessible to people with disabilities. If you have a disability or any additional needs and require assistance in order to participate fully, please email info@geneva-academy.ch


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