Sci-fi Weapons seminar and the humanitarian law perspective

johnboy 28 August 2012

Here’s one for the war nerds:

Technological advances in warfare and the challenges they pose for international humanitarian law will be the topics under the spotlight at a public seminar in Canberra on Tuesday September 4.

Science fiction has become a reality and the technology of warfare is advancing rapidly, but can the law keep up? The international battlefield extends from a nanoscopic scale all the way to outer space. What role does international humanitarian law play in this world of robotics, cyber weapons, internet attacks and predator drones? These questions and others will be discussed at an Australian Red Cross and King & Wood Mallesons Humanitarian Law Perspectives seminar ‘Sci-fi Weapons: The Future is Now’.

Speaking at the seminar will be international experts such as Bill Boothby (Associate Professor, Geneva Centre for Security Policy), Duncan Blake (Wing Commander, RAAF), Rob McLaughlin (Associate Professor, ANU College of Law) and Hitoshi Nasu (Senior Lecturer, ANU College of Law). This event will be held in conjunction with the ANU Centre for Military and Security Law.

The Humanitarian Law Perspectives seminars are a series of signature seminars held annually since 2007 across Australia as part of the formalised international humanitarian law partnership between Australian Red Cross and King & Wood Mallesons.

What: Sci-fi Weapons: The Future is Now – Humanitarian Law in the World of Drones, Cyber Warfare and Space
Where: Finkel Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Garran Road, The Australian National University
When: Tuesday 4 September 2012, 6pm to 8pm
Cost: Free

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