International Law and Remote Attacks in Armed Conflicts

5 September 2012

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This seminar will look at whether remote attack challenges the law of armed conflict or is it the other way round with the law challenging remote attack? The presentation looks at a number of examples of remote attack, namely unmanned drone attacks, autonomous attacks using unmanned technologies, cyber warfare and attack in outer space. The seminar then looks at the question of liability issues when remote attacks go wrong, considering first criminal liability and then the liability to compensate as provided for in the law of armed conflict, with reference to the position of software/weapons designers.

About the speaker

Air Cdre William Boothby (ret.) has served in the RAF and well as the UK government, and is an expert on the law of armed conflict, serving as Deputy Director of Legal Services in the RAF, prior to his retirement in 2011. He has specific interests in the law on weapons and targeting, and was member of the Group of Experts that examined the question of Direct Participation in Hostilities convened by the ICRC, as well as the Group of Experts preparing and drafting the Tallinn Manual on Cyber Warfare, convened under the auspices of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. He teaches at the Royal Holloway College of the University of London, at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and at the Australian National University. His degrees/qualifications are BA in Economics, 1973 at Kent University in UK, qualified Solicitor in 1977, and PhD in international law at the University of Frankfurt (Oder) in Germany in 2008. His first book on 'Weapons and the Law of Armed Conflict' was published in 2009 by OUP. His second book, The Law of Targeting, is to be published in August 2012 by the same publisher.

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this lecture is equal to 1 MCLE/CPD unit.

This event is presented by the Sydney Centre for International Law.

Time: 1-2pm

Location: Common Room, Level 4, New Law Building, Sydney Law School

Cost: Free, registration essential

Contact: PLaCE Coordinator

Phone: 9351 0323

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