Advances in technology have dominated much of the debate in the field of international humanitarian law in recent years. The topics of discussion have presented complex legal challenges, such as how to regulate the domain of cyber space and often focussed on the risks and fears generated by technologies such as autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.
Presenting the other side of the story, this seminar will be particularly relevant to diplomats and experts working in disarmament, human rights and humanitarian affairs. Whether trough collection of data in social media, mapping of areas in need, or using areal drones for search and rescue operations, the seminar will demonstrate the new ways in which technological advances can enhance protection for victims of armed conflict.
Noam Lubell, Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law at the Geneva Academy and Professor of Public International Law and Head of the School of Law at the University of Essex
Kamilo Melo, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Biorobotics Laboratory, EPFL
Joanne Mariner, Senior Crisis Response Adviser, Amnesty International.
Hadi Alkhatib, Founding Member and Project Lead of The Syrian Archive project
Coffee will be served as of 17:15 and a light cocktail will be served at the end of the event.
Maison de la Paix (chemin Eugène-Rigot 2), Pétale 5, Room C1
Tram 15 direction Place des Nations - tram stop Maison de la Paix
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Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
Our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights is one of the most innovative and intellectually challenging programmes in international humanitarian law and human rights offered in Europe today.
Michael Sfard, the most prominent Israeli human rights lawyer and author of the book ‘The Wall and the Gate: Israel, Palestine and the Legal Battle for Human Rights’, will address the current situation of human rights defenders in Israel.
This course focuses on the specific issues that arise in times of armed conflict regarding the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights. It addresses key issues like the applicability of human rights in times of armed conflict; the possibilities of restricting human rights under systems of limitations and derogations; and the extraterritorial application of human rights law.
This project examined the legal requirements that the use of autonomous weapon systems would need to comply with in a number of scenarios envisaged by proponents of increasing autonomy in weapon systems.
Against the background of the mobilization of ‘foreign fighters’ for the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, the Geneva Academy undertook various research projects to highlight and clarify a range of international law issues that arise through their participation and measures taken to stem their mobilization.