Course Annoucement: LOAC and MME in Spiez

The 17th Course on the International Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) and the 3rd Course on Military Medical Ethics in Times of Armed Conflict (MME) will take place from 14.-21. August 2015 in Spiez, Switzerland. Both courses are addressed to the Military Medical Personnel, Military Medico-Legal Officers, and Chaplains and are mandated by the International Committee of Military Medicine.

The courses are organized by the Swiss Armed Forces Medical Services Directorate.

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Further information

 

Event: Ethical Principles of Health Care in Times of Armed Conflict and Other Emergencies

The ICRC together with the 4 organisations World Medical Association (WMA), the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM), the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) established a document on common ethical principles of health-care applicable in times of armed conflict and other emergencies.

The resulting "Ethical Principles of Health Care in Times of Armed Conflict and Other Emergencies" is a first-of-its-kind code of ethics that provides a common core for these major international health-care organizations, which represent more than 30 million people from both the military and civilian realms. It aims to provide guidelines for the relationship between patients and health-care workers, so as to ensure the preservation of physical and mental health and to alleviate suffering. The principles underlying this relationship apply in times of armed conflict and other emergencies, thereby facilitating the oft-arduous application of ethics in wartime. In this sense, these Ethical Principles of Health Care constitute a significant negotiation tool for health-care personnel (in and beyond the humanitarian domain) with the authorities.

The document and its code of ethics will be officially presented during a livestreamed conference hosted by the ICRC. The event, held at the ICRC's Humanitarium on 30 June 2015 from 18:00-19:30 (GMT+2), gathers senior representatives from the signatory organizations, in a panel discussion about the significance of these principles.

 

E-Journal on Military Medical Ethics

The Centre of Ethical Education in the Armed Forces (zebis.eu , Hamburg) has dedicated the current issue of its e-journal "Ethics and Armed Forces" to the topic Saving the Enemy? - Military Medical Personnel under Fire

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The issue contains inter alia contributions from Dr. D. Messelken, LTC C. von Einem, and Dr. B. Koch who all work closely with the ICMM Center of Reference for Education on IHL and Ethics. The e-journal is available without charge at:

 

New Publication: Proceedings of the 4th ICMM Workshop on Military Medical Ethics

We are pleased to announce the publication of the proceedings from our 2014 Workshop on Military Medical Ethics. You can get an impression of the book by looking at the Table of Contents (pdf) which can be downloaded here.

Full publication details:

  • Messelken, Daniel; Winkler, David (2015), editors
    Proceedings of the 4th ICMM Workshop on Military Medical Ethics. Bern, 2015.
    ISBN 978-3-905782-98-1

The book is available as hardcopy and pdf. Please contact us if you are interested in getting a copy.

 

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