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The 8th ICMM Course on Military Medical Ethics in Times of Armed Conflict (Military Medical Ethics/ MME) will take place from 31 August – 04 September 2020. Due to the travel restrictions imposed by the response to COVID-19 by many countries, we unfortunately cannot organize the 2020 course in Spiez/ Switzerland as we usually do.

We decided to see the current situation as an opportunity to explore a new format of the course and to hold the course as a “virtual classroom course”.

The 22nd LOAC course, which was planned in the same week, unfortunately has to be cancelled this year. We invite you to join us next year.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic raises a number of important ethical questions, which may also emerge in the work of military health care personnel (HCP) as they are often part of the response to the pandemic. Therefore, the ICMM and its Center of Reference for Education on IHL and Ethics (RefC) in cooperation with the ZH Center for Military Medical Ethics (CMME) have decided to provide some guidance and resources on how to deal with the ethical issues.

The first volume of our series Military and Humanitarian Health Ethics is now available online.

978 3 030 36319 2 The book with the title "Ethics of Medical Innovation, Experimentation, and Enhancement in Military and Humanitarian Contexts" is now available as PDF and epub via Springer (LINK). The printed version is due to be published in April and will then also be available via your local bookstore or online book stores.

This book (edited by D. Messelken and D. Winkler) discusses ethical questions surrounding research and innovation in military and humanitarian contexts. It focuses on human enhancement in the military. Recently, the availability of medical enhancement designed to make soldiers more capable of surviving during conflict, as well as enabling them to defeat their enemies, has emerged. Innovation and medical research in military and humanitarian contexts may thus yield positive effects, but simultaneously leads to a number of highly problematic ethical issues.

The work contains contributions on medical ethics that take into account the specific roles and obligations of military and humanitarian health care providers and the ethical problems they encounter. They cover different aspects of research and innovation such as vaccine development, medical enhancement, compassionate and experimental drug use, research and application of new technologies such as wearables, “Humanitarian innovation” to cope with scarce resources, Biometrics, big data, etc.The book is of interest and importance to researchers and policy makers involved with human enhancement, medical research, and innovation in military and humanitarian missions.

Due to the developments with regard to the COV-19 pandemic we unfortunately have to announce the cancellation of the ICMM Lilienberg workshop on Military Medical Ethics 2020.


Program for the 10th ICMM workshop on Military Medical Ethics (MME) published

Lili2018 ProgramCoverThe 10th workshop will again take place at the Forum Lilienberg in Ermatingen (Switzerland). We invite you to join us for this workshop with the topic

Medical Rules of Eligibility and Medical Care under Resource Scarcity

The workshop is, as usual, co-organized by the ICMM Centre of Reference for Education on IHL and Ethics, the Medical Services Directorate of the Swiss Armed Forces, and the Zurich Center for Military Medical Ethics.

Registration for the workshop is mandatory and places are limited.

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