Vision and Mission

Our Vision

The ICMM Center of Reference for Education on IHL and Ethics is a centre for the academic analysis, open discussion and consultation in IHL related to the work of medical personnel and Military Medical Ethics in general. It is a neutral and politically and religiously independent institution which cooperates with experts around the world. It aims at being the leading provider in research and education in Medical Ethics for Times of Armed Conflict.

Our Mission

The ICMM Center of Reference for Education on IHL and Ethics is dedicated exclusively to educate military medical officers and officials in the International Humanitarian Law, Law of Armed Conflict and Military Medical Ethics. It organizes an annual Course of Reference on IHL, International Courses on the Law of Armed Conflict, a Course on Medical Ethics in Times of Armed Conflict, and Workshops on Military Medical Ethics.

It offers a neutral platform for open discussions and research among philosophers, lawyers and military medical doctors on questions of ethical leadership, analyses of military medical and legal dilemmas. It aims at contributing to the common search for solutions to medico-legal and medico-ethical dilemmas encountered by troops deployed in disaster situations, conflict, and war.
It closely cooperates with the Center for Ethics at Zurich University and other Ethics Departments.

Our Organization

The Center of Reference reports to the Surgeon General of the Swiss Armed Forces, Major General Andreas Stettbacher, MD, and to the Secretary General of the ICMM, Major General (ret) Roger van Hoof.

An International Teaching Staff

Experienced experts in International Humanitarian Law and the Law of Armed Conflict provide the LOAC teaching. The neutrality of  the teaching is guaranteed by Switzerland and the ICMM.

Supporting Officers

Highly qualified Swiss Officers from the Medical Corps support the planning of Courses, Workshops, Symposia, and the development of courses.

Future Aim: Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is a network of international philosophers, ethicists, lawyers, military and medical officers who research, analyze, discuss, publish and distribute their contributions to solutions of legal and ethical military medical dilemmas and questions. The Advisory Board is primarily an academic body of research and think tank to contribute to possible guidelines of ethical behavior trying to find arguments for positions in questions presented to them by experienced medical officers from deployed troops. The Advisory Board’s members collaborate from all over the world, from all cultures, religious beliefs in order to achieve a most comprehensive representation of different thoughts and insights.

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