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9th ICMM Workshop on Military Medical Ethics


9th ICMM Workshop on Military Medical Ethics

Basel, Switzerland

19-24 May, 2019



The ICMM Center of Reference for Education on IHL and Ethics in cooperation with the Medical Services Directorate of the Swiss Armed Forces and the ZH Center for Military Medical Ethics at Zurich University convene their joint.

Topic: Ethics of Dealing with Risks in Military Medicine

Uncertainty and risk are key features of the mission planning phase as well as the working environment of military and humanitarian medical personnel. Risks cannot be avoided during the planning on strategic, operational, and tactical levels. Risk assessment is a risky job itself and relies on uncertain intelligence and predicative models. Ethical questions arise early during planning as risks make it difficult to predict the outcomes and challenges of missions.

On the ground, health care personnel (HCP) have to make decisions under conditions of risk and uncertainty as a result of incomplete knowledge, the complexity of the situation, and the kinds of medical intervention needed. During missions, HCP are subject to (at least) two different kinds of risks. They risk being harmed themselves physically or mentally, and they also risk harming others and ethical misconduct. Both risks are reinforced by the uncertainty and duress of the working environment.

Our workshop proposes to analyze the moral and ethical dimensions of risks in military medicine and how they can be taken into account in military and humanitarian medical ethics.

Workshop Program

The speakers for the workshop have been selected from the applications received in reply to our call for papers and the program of the workshop is now fixed.
The brochure which you can download below contains the full program and abstracts/ bio notes of all presentations/ speakers.

Download the Program of the 9th MME Workshop here (click here)
Registration and Practical Information

Date and Location
Date: 19.-24. May 2019
Location: Congress Center, Basel (Switzerland)

More information about the ICMM World Congress 2019:

- Registration is mandatory for all attendants. No participation is possible without prior registration and confirmation. Note that places at the workshop are limited, registrations will be processed in the order of their arrival.

Registration is now open via the Website of the 43rd ICMM World Congress. (

Workshop organisation

Scientific Coordination
Dr. phil. Daniel MESSELKEN
Lt Col David WINKLER, MD, PhD

Organisation & Logistics
Swiss Armed Forces, Medical Services Directorate
ICMM Centef or Reference for Education on IHL and Ethics

For more information and download documents:
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