New (military) technologies are set to revolutionize the ways wars are fought. Significant advances in the fields of cyberspace, artificial intelligence, robotics and space technology are at the forefront of contemporary geopolitical power struggles and are already bringing about major transformative shifts in military and humanitarian affairs. Developments in the area of nanotechnology, human enhancement and genetic engineering are also raising a range of ethical and legal concerns. Undoubtedly, these developments will have far-reaching and not yet fully understood consequences for future humanitarian protection needs and the humanitarian and international legal framework at large.
Via a new lecture series on disruptive military technologies, this project aims at:
- Staying abreast of the various military technology trends
- Promoting legal and policy debate on new military technologies
- Furthering the understanding of the convergent effects of different technological trends shaping the digital battlefield of the future.