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8 March 2017, 18:00-19:30
Register start 16 February 2017
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How Does Operational Law Constrain the Use of Force in Military Operations?

Military Briefings

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In today’s environment, armed forces have to take on a wide array of missions, ranging from combat to humanitarian relief operations, and including peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations. These multifaceted missions and their outcomes are shaped by an increasingly broad and complex body of norms. The law of military operations, also called “operational law”, refers to the body of international, national legal and even hybrid rules applicable to the planning and conduct of military operations. What are the main sources and norms constituting the body of operational law? How does operational law authorize or constrain the use to lethal force in combat and other operations? What is the scope of soldiers’ right to self-defense? How does it relate to human rights or international humanitarian law norms regulating the use of force?

This third Military Briefing aims to untangle the web of rules applicable to the use of lethal force by the military. Dr. Aurel Sari from the University of Exeter will provide a general overview of the law of military operations as a field of study and practice, including its main branches and sources. In discussion with Dr. Gloria Gaggioli, he will reflect on some of the questions which most critically impact the legality of lethal force, such as the applicability of the human right to life to air operations, or the scope of soldiers’ right to self-defense and its relevance in today’s military operations.

Briefing by

Dr Aurel Sari, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Exeter, Fellow of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (NATO)

Discussant

Dr Gloria Gaggioli, Assistant Professor and Grant Holder of Excellence at the University of Geneva, former Stockton Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the U.S. Naval War College.

About Military Briefings

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.

Location

Villa Moynier, 120B Rue de Lausanne, Geneva

Access

Public Transport

Tram 15, Direction Nations - tram stop Butini

Bus 1 or 25, Direction Jardin Botanique - bus stop Sécheron

Access for People with Disabilities

Villa Moynier is accessible to people with disabilities. If you have a disability or any additional needs and require assistance in order to participate fully, please email info@geneva-academy.ch

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