9th ICMM Military Medical Ethics Workshop 2019

The ICMM Center of Reference for Education on IHL and Ethics in cooperation with the Medical Services Directorate of the Swiss Armed Forces and the ZH Center for Military Medical Ethics at Zurich University convene their joint

9th Workshop on Military Medical Ethics
19 – 24 May 2019 | Basel (Switzerland)

Ethics of Dealing with Risks in Military Medicine

Topic: Ethics of Dealing with Risks in Military Medicine

Uncertainty and risk are key features of the mission planning phase as well as the working environment of military and humanitarian medical personnel. Risks cannot be avoided during the planning on strategic, operational, and tactical levels. Risk assessment is a risky job itself and relies on uncertain intelligence and predicative models. Ethical questions arise early during planning as risks make it difficult to predict the outcomes and challenges of missions.

On the ground, health care personnel (HCP) have to make decisions under conditions of risk and uncertainty as a result of incomplete knowledge, the complexity of the situation, and the kinds of medical intervention needed. During missions, HCP are subject to (at least) two different kinds of risks. They risk being harmed themselves physically or mentally, and they also risk harming others and ethical misconduct. Both risks are reinforced by the uncertainty and duress of the working environment.

Our workshop proposes to analyze the moral and ethical dimensions of risks in military medicine and how they can be taken into account in military and humanitarian medical ethics.

Call for Papers | Workshop program

A call for papers has been published on June 4, 2018. We invite interested people to submit their paper proposals. We equally encourage reports from the field (e.g. case studies) as well as philosophical papers or legal analyses.
In line with the tradition of our preceding workshops, we also invite presentations that look at the main topic from a perspective of humanitarian actors.
Please find all relevant information in the call for papers, which can be downloaded below:

Registration and Practical Information

Date and Location

Date: 19.-24. May 2019
Location: Congress Center, Basel (Switzerland)

More information about the ICMM World Congress 2019: https://www.icmm2019.ch

  • Registration is mandatory for all attendants. No participation is possible without prior registration and confirmation. Note that places at the workshop are limited, registrations will be processed in the order of their arrival.
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Workshop Fee
  • Information about the workshop fee will be added later in 2018.

Workshop organisation

Scientific Coordination

Dr. phil. Daniel Messelken
Lt Col David Winkler, MD, PhD

Organisation & Logistics

Swiss Armed Forces, Medical Services Directorate
ICMM Centef or Reference for Education on IHL and Ethics

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