7th Workshop on Military Medical Ethics

Workshop Program

The program for our upcoming 7th ICMM Workshop on Military Medical Ethics is now available. You can download it here → here. The main focus of the workshop is

End-of-life care – ethical issues in military and humanitarian missions

It will take place from 4-6 May 2017 at the Forum Lilienberg in Ermatingen/ Switzerland.

Registration for the workshop

Registration for participants is now also open. Please download the registration form a → here. Places are limited, so be sure to register early.

Find more information on our → workshop subpage


Save the dates: Courses 2017

The first dates for our LOAC and Ethics courses in 2017 have been confirmed. Click on the course to get more details.
We will add the dates of other regional courses as they become available on our agenda page.

Please note that we were able to reduce the course fee for the LOAC and MME Courses in Spiez.


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Workshop announcement and call for contributions

The ICMM Reference Centre for Education on IHL and Ethics, the Medical Services Directorate of the Swiss Armed Forces, and the Center for Military Medical Ethics at Zurich University are pleased to announce the

7th annual ICMM workshop on Military Medical Ethics
End-of-life care – ethical issues in military and humanitarian missions
4-6 May 2017 at Forum Lilienberg in Ermatingen (CH).

2017 – Topic and Call for Papers

The main topic of the 2017 workshop will be End-of-life care – ethical issues in military and humanitarian missions. Ethical issues related to death and dying in clinical contexts have recently attracted much attention. In addition, legal regulations dealing with such issues as assisted suicide have also undergone changes in some countries.

The medical personnel deployed in military and humanitarian missions face similar ethical issues in end-of-life situations to their civilian counterparts, but must deal with additional layers of complexity such as limited resources, language barriers, mission rules etc. We thus invite contributions that approach these problems by taking into account the specific roles and obligations of military and humanitarian health care personnel and that cover for example the following topics:

  • Physician-assisted dying and/or physician-assisted suicide.
  • Mercy killing
  • Medical rules of eligibility for intensive care units. Continuous care
  • Palliative care
  • Burials and dealing with the dead

We equally encourage reports from the field (e.g. case studies) as well as philosophic papers or legal analyses. Presentations are expected to last 25 minutes in order to leave enough time for plenary discussions. The presentations will be edited in a comprehensive book (Further information below: Conference Proceedings).

Editorial on Age Estimation in BMJ

BMJ ScreenshotWe are delighted to announce the publication of an Editorial entitled

When childhood ends: estimating the age of young people

The editorial has been published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and can be accessed via the following link:

In early 2014, the ICMM Center of Reference for Education on IHL and Ethics was contacted by COMEDS and asked to provide an ethical analysis of the issues related to medical age estimation procedures. During the 4th ICMM Workshop on Military Medical Ethics held at Forum Lilienberg in April 2014, a first assessment of the topic was done with invited experts. Further research was then conducted within the ICMM Center of Reference, and a report was presented to COMEDS in November 2014.

Our current academic editorial sums up the results of our research undertaken to answer the initial COMEDS’ request and gives you an overview on the related ethical questions.

Please find information about further publications of the ICMM Center of Reference at publications.melac.ch/

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