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Course on International Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC)

Welcome letter

19th Course on International Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) and
the 5th Course on Military Medical Ethics in Times of Armed Conflict (MME)
by the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM),
20-24 August, 2017 in Spiez, Switzerland

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Since 1999, Switzerland has had the honour of conducting this International Course on the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC). Since 2012, a course on Military Medical Ethics (MME) has been offered in parallel. Switzerland’s mandate to host these important courses was awarded by the International Committee for Military Medicine (ICMM) with the aim to familiarise officers of medical services of the armed and security forces with the rules and principles of LOAC MME.

This year, both the 19th International LOAC Course and the 5th Course on Military Medical Ethics have been modified to adapt to recent requirements. The courses have now a reduced duration of five days and will be held from 20 to 24 August 2017 in Spiez. Their content has also been updated to reflect the challenges of nowadays deployments and modern conflicts.

We have the pleasure of inviting generals, medical officers, young military doctors, civil servants and other personnel from military medical services. The course is politically and confessionally neutral and is open to all ICMM member States, the EAPC/PfP partner States and the MD-States.

You can find detailed information on the content of both courses at the website of the ICMM Center of Reference for Education on IHL and Ethics

Please find enclosed the preliminary notice, course announcement and the application form.

We are looking forward to welcoming course participants from your country.

Yours sincerely


Armed Forces Logistics Organisation AFLO

Dr. med. Raimund BRUHIN, exec. MPA
Acting Surgeon General, Swiss Armed Forces