The Research School on Peace and Conflict is arranging a three day PhD course on the ethics of emerging military technologies, 13-15 November 2013. The application deadline is 13 October.

New military technologies have traditionally been met with some skepticism from ethicists and lawyers. At the same time, new technology is often a driver of moral, legal and social change. This course explores the legal and ethical questions that arise with respect to emerging military technologies, and asks how these change the nature of war and the roles of combatants and civilians.

The course is coordinated by Gregory M. Reichsberg and lectures will be given by Nic Marsh, Greg Reichberg, Kristin B. Sandvik, Henrik Syse (PRIO); Heather Harrison Dinniss (Swedish National Defense College) and Simon O’Conner (Norwegian Red Cross).

RequirementsAll participants are expected to acquire an overview of the course literature in advance of the lectures. In order to achieve 5 ECTS, an essay of about 5000 words must be handed in by 20 December 2013. An essay proposal should be submitted to by 20 November for approval by the organizers. The proposal should consist of a research question, an abstract/outline of about 200 words, and a paragraph on how the question relates to the course literature.

AdmissionThe deadline of application is 13 October 2013. Applicants should include details on your university affiliation and a paragraph on your doctoral research (except for members of the research school, who just register). Please send your application by e-mail to the Research School Coordinator, Kristoffer Lidén at There is no participation fee, but the cost of transportation and accommodation, if needed, must be covered by participants. No financial assistance is available. Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application as quickly as possible. Early applications will have a higher chance of admission. If you need a reply before the application deadline, just let us know.

For more information about the course, see this page.