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Course on International Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC)



REPORT


The Fourteenth session of the course on Law Of Armed Conflicts (LOAC) has been held in Spiez, Switzerland, from August 23 to August 30 2012.

It gathered 48 participants coming from 23 different countries, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates.

In the same time the first session of the advanced course on Military Medical Ethics (MME) was held.

The scheme of the LOAC course was the same used for the previous sessions mixing lectures in plenary, workshops in syndicates and entertainment periods. There were 3 syndicates: two English speaking and one French speaking conducted by 3 teachers, (Switzerland, Germany and Russia).

Advanced MME course had been built up after a request from Comeds. The main objective of this course was to qualify the participants to make legally and ethically correct decisions in situations where competences in international law and ethics are similarly relevant.

The examples chosen, even still in a context of international armed conflicts were well adapted to further reflexion in the context of modern asymmetrical warfare (weaponized ambulances, medical assistance during interrogatories of detainees, care and assistance for civilian population and enemy combatants a.s.o). A grid of analysis (Hard facts, stakeholders, soft facts, legal aspects, moral and ethical aspects) was proposed and used in order to help the decision.

The good participation of all the participants was enhanced by the excellent atmosphere realized by the pedagogic team of the Swiss armed forces Center of excellence for education and the wonderful environment of the Bernese Oberland. It is doubtless that all participants will keep an excellent memory of this exchanges and discussions week.

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