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[liberationtech] Fwd: [Social Science- IL]: Invitation: International Conference on IHL and New Technologies, Nov. 28-29 2011

Yishay Mor yishaym at
Mon Nov 21 06:22:04 PST 2011

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From: The Minerva Center for Human Rights <mchr at>
Date: 21 November 2011 10:41
Subject: [Social Science- IL]: Invitation: International Conference on IHL
and New Technologies, Nov. 28-29 2011
To: The Minerva Center for Human Rights <mchr at>

 *New Technologies, Old Law:*

*Applying International Humanitarian Law in a New Technological Age***

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*An International Conference*

Jerusalem, 28-29 November 2011****

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The Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Faculty of Law and the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC) in Israel and the Occupied Territories - in cooperation with
the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Bruce W. Wayne Chair of
International Law at the Hebrew University -  are pleased to invite you to
an international conference examining the normative impact of new military
technologies on core doctrines and principles of international humanitarian
law (IHL). The conference, the 6th annual Minerva/ICRC international
conferences on IHL, will take place on 28-29 November 2011 in Jerusalem.****

** **

The main question to be examined by the conference is whether the basic
principles of international humanitarian law - military necessity,
distinction, proportionality and humanity - and key concepts such as
combatancy, armed conflict and combat zone are elastic enough to
accommodate the new technological armed conflict terrain. By mapping the
main challenges presented by technological developments to the continued
application of the traditional concepts of the laws of war – e.g., physical
removal of military actors from the battlefield and the risks associated
with it, the erosion of the boundaries between civilian and military
infrastructures, the substitution of on-the-spot discretion with
pre-programmed reactions, and the increased transparency of some
battlefield activities – the conference will encourage vigorous debate on
the need for a new direction in the laws of armed conflict, evaluating new
technologies in light of existing legal principles and considering also
whether these principles and their underlying rationale themselves need to
be re-examined in the wake of technological advances.****

** **

We are delighted and honored that *Prof. Tim McCormick* – Professor of Law
at Melbourne Law School and Special Adviser on International Humanitarian
Law to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court – will be
conference keynote speaker. Further distinguished speakers include (in
alphabetical order): *Adv. Hila Adler*, Former Head of the International
and Civil Law Section at the IDF School of Military Law; *Dr. Eitan Barak*,
Hebrew University of Jerusalem; *Prof. Eyal Benvenisti*, Tel-Aviv
University; *Dr. Bill Boothby*, Former Deputy Director of Legal Services
(RAF); *Mr. Anton Camen*, International Committee of the Red Cross; *Dr.
Amichai Cohen*, Ono Academic College; *Adv. Eitan Diamond*, International
Committee of the Red Cross; *Dr. Dieter Fleck*, Former Director for
International Agreements & Policy at the German Federal Ministry of
Defence; *Dr. Robin Geiss*, University of Potsdam; *Dr. Heather Harrison
Dinniss*, Swedish National Defence College; *Dr. Robert Heinsch*, Leiden
University; *Adv. Deborah Housen-Couriel*, Tel-Aviv University; *Capt.
Nimrod Karin*, Legal Adviser, IDF; *Adv. Eliav Lieblich*, Columbia Law
School; *Dr. Noam Lubell*, University of Essex; *Adv. Daniel Reisner*,
Former Head of the IDF International Law Department; *Dr. Tom Ruys*,
University of Leuven; *Prof. Gerald Steinberg*, Bar-Ilan University, and *Ms.
Anne Herzberg*, NGO Monitor; and *Prof. Markus Wagner*, University of Miami
and University of Leipzig. ****

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The full conference program is attached.****

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The conference will take place at Beit Maiersdorf, on the Mt. Scopus campus
of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem – and is open to the general public.
Discussions will be in English.****

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*For registration, information and campus entry/parking permits*:****

Please contact the Minerva Center for Human Rights by Sunday, November 27
via e-mail: *mchr at *or tel*. 02-5881156*, providing your
name, ID or passport number and vehicle license plate number. Vehicle entry
will be through the Humanities Gate.****

** **

++++++++ September Selections in Social Science-IL +++++++++++
Quote of the Month:
We do not intend to build a welfare state,

Eyal Gabai, General Manager of the Prime Minister Office, in a meeting with
protesters August 2011.

New Books:
Dan Caspi, The Public Agenda: Media, Society and Politics, Resling, 2011.
Chaitin Julia, Peace-Building in Israel and Palestine, Palgrave Macmillan,

Call for Papers:
The Third Annual Meeting of the Israeli Chapter of the European Social
Policy Analysis, Academic College, Ashkelon.
Mitkashrim: Graduate Conference in Communication, Department of
Communication, the University of Haifa.
The Seventh Annual Conference in Political Science, International Relations
and Public Policy in Memory of the Late Yitzhak Rabin

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