Call for Papers: Lilienberg Workshop 2016

WS CircleFor the sixth time, the ICMM Reference Centre for Education on IHL and Ethics together with the Medical Services Directorate of the Swiss Armed Forces and the Center for Military Medical Ethics at Zurich University organise their annual joint workshop at the shore of the Lake Constance.
It will take place from 19-21 May 2016 at Forum Lilienberg in Ermatingen (CH).

Focus in 2016: Military Medical Ethics and Hybrid Warfare

DSC 0787The main topic of the 2016 workshop will be Military Medical Ethics and Hybrid Warfare. Much has been discussed about new forms of warfare and recent developments have proven that realities can change very fast. There has been much less discussion, however, on the implications of these new forms of warfare for the medical services. Our workshop wants to fill this gap and discuss ethical challenges for military and civil health care services that emerge out of new forms of deployment and conflict scenarios.

We invite papers/presentations on topics addressing ethical questions faced by medical services in the context of so-called hybrid warfare. We equally encourage reports from the field (e.g. case studies) as well as philosophic papers or legal analyses.

Presentations are expected to last 25 minutes in order to leave enough time for discussion. The presentations will be edited in a comprehensive book on MME in Hybrid Warfare (see section Conference Proceedings in the full CfP (PDF)).

Any other topics of more general relevance for military medical ethics are also welcome as there might be one open session during the workshop.



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New publications

Recently, a number of articles have been published that have been authored or co-authored by members and collaborators of the ICMM Center of Reference for Education on IHL and Ethics.

Members of the ICMM Center of Reference were interviewed on two occasions.

  • For a contribution in the German Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift Cord von Einem and Daniel Messelken were interviewed by Nina Ospelt for an article with the title "Ärzte bei der Bundeswehr: Dienst auf Station und im Feldlazarett".
  • Daniel Messelken was interviewed for the "Expert Corner" in the ICRC's Health Care in Danger Programme Newsletter, which will be published in November (link to be added after publication).

Ethical Principles of Health Care - 4yrs HCiD

Four years ago, the ICRC started its Health Care in Danger (HCiD) Campaign. It aims to raise awareness about the problem of attacks on health care personnel and health care facilities and the related cost of human lifes. In order to improve the security and delivery of impartial and efficient health care in armed conflict and other emergencies several actions have been taken.

hcid engThe ICMM and the ICMM Center of Reference for Education on IHL and Ethics have been involved, during this campaign, in the development of a document on "Ethical Principles of Healthcare during Armed Conflict and Other Emergencies". Together with other major international organisations, the ICMM supports the idea of ethical principles and wants to highlight their importance during all situations of conflict or emergency. The common document was launched during a conference in Geneva on 30 June 2015 (watch summary video here).
In the document it is stated, most importantly, that


"Ethical principles of health care do not change in times of armed conflict and other emergencies and are the same as the ethical principles of health care in times of peace."

Download the document on "Ethical Principles of Health Care" and help us to disseminate it

Announcement: Joint MME Workshop with COEMED

LogoCOEMILMEDUnder the auspices of the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM), the ICMM Center of Reference for Education on International Humanitarian Law and Ethics, and the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine (COEMED) together with the Chairman of the Health Care Working Group will co-jointly organize a Military Medical Ethics Workshop in Munich, Germany.

The objective of the workshop is the elaboration of an ethical analysis of the role of military medical services in the complex environment of an asymmetric conflict and the rules of the Geneva Convention.

The workshop will be held from the 14-16 September 2015 at the Bundeswehr Medical Academy in Munich.

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