9 December 2021, 16:30-18:00
The law often tends to lag behind technological developments, particularly in armed conflict. In international humanitarian law (IHL), the 1907 Hague Conventions and the 1949 Geneva Conventions form the basis for regulating technologies that are emerging in the 21st century, and that none of the drafters in 1907 or 1949 could have anticipated. Nonetheless, IHL serves a critical role in the context of the development of new weapons and tactics. As new technologies emerge, States need to look at IHL for guidance. Yet, while some of the new weapons and tactics can be sufficiently regulated by the current legal frameworks, other developments will necessarily prove a challenge for IHL.
In this Military Briefing, Professor Jensen – drawing on 20 years of experience with the United States Army, and a decade researching emerging issues in IHL, including cyber-warfare – will discuss the role and evolution of IHL in this context, and provide insights on how armed forces and governments approach these issues.
Eric Talbot Jensen is a Professor of Law at Brigham Young University. Prior to joining BYU, he spent 20 years in the United States Army as both a Cavalry Officer and as a Judge Advocate. He served in various positions including as chief of the Army’s International Law Branch. More recently, Professor Jensen served as Special Counsel to the Department of Defense General Counsel. He was also involved in the elaboration of the Tallinn Manual on International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare.
Military Briefings are a unique series of events relating to military institutions and the law. They aim to improve our students’ knowledge of military actors and operations and build bridges between the military and civilian worlds.
Dr Lukasz Olejnik is a cybersecurity and privacy researcher and consultant with extensive expertise in cyberwarfare, cybersecurity, privacy and data protection.
As every year and in the framework of the IHL core course given by Professor Marco Sassòli, twenty students of our LLM in IHL and Human Rights pleaded on the 2014 armed conflict in and around Gaza.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, provides an in-depth study of an emblematic example of the complexity of international humanitarian law and the challenges it raises: the classification of armed conflicts.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, focuses on the specific issues that arise in times of armed conflict regarding the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights. It addresses key issues like the applicability of human rights in times of armed conflict; the possibilities of restricting human rights under systems of limitations and derogations; and the extraterritorial application of human rights law.
This project examined how IHL could be more systematically, appropriately and correctly dealt with by the human rights mechanisms emanating from the UN Charter, as well as from universal and regional treaties.
This project aims at staying abreast of the various military technology trends; promoting legal and policy debate on new military technologies; and furthering the understanding of the convergent effects of different technological trends shaping the digital battlefield of the future.