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ZH Center for Military Medical Ethics

Call for Papers: The Future of Military Health Care

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 11th Workshop on Military Medical Ethics

The Future of Military Health Care – Utopian and Dystopian Prospects
on the Role of (Military) Health Care Providers

16-18 June 2022 | Hybrid Workshop (on site and via zoom)
Hotel Seaside in Spiez (Switzerland)


Continuing from our previous workshops on risk (2019), medical innovation (2018), and hybrid warfare (2016), the 11th MME Workshop in 2022 shall focus on how (bio-) technological developments on the one hand and the changing modes of warfare on the other hand will shape the future role of military health care providers (HCP). The fundamental legal and ethical obligations of HCP (e.g. neutrality, impartiality, medical ethics) have to prove themselves in the wake of technological developments and new forms of warfare, which both have the potential to cause disruptive changes.

Change can of course be positive or negative. It can transform the world for the better or for the worse, it can lead to the realization of utopian or dystopian prospects. In the 2022 workshop, we want to discuss the potential of new technologies to improve medical care, to provide more effective force protection, etc but also take into account how the role of (mililtary) HCP may be impacted, modified, or transformed over time either intentionally or as an indirect long-term effect of using future technologies.

Presentations could cover the following topics but (but the list does not claim to be exhaustive):

  • The role of health care in future conflicts
  • Telemedicine, wearables, biosensors, and remote medical treatment
  • Artificial intelligence, big data, discriminatory technology
  • Medical enhancement and force protection
  • Ethical and legal foundations and principles of impartial health care in armed conflicts
  • Ethical role obligations, professional medical ethics

As we would like to include a variety of perspectives we equally encourage reports (e.g. case studies, experience briefings on experimental applications), scientific papers and studies on emerging technologies, as well as philosophical papers and legal background analyses.
According to the tradition of the workshop series, we invite presentations by academics and researchers as well as military and humanitarian health care providers.

The outcome of the workshop shall be published and is intended to help policy-makers define ethical and legal boundaries with respect to the use of future technologies and with respect to transforming the role of HCP and health care more generally.

Download the Call for Papers as PDF here.


  • Please send your abstract & application via
  • Deadline for abstract submission: 31 January 2022

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