10th ICMM Military Medical Ethics Workshop 2020

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

10th Workshop on Military Medical Ethics
7 – 9 May 2020 | Ermatingen (Switzerland)

Medical Rules of Eligibility and Medical Care under Resource Scarcity


The questions according to which rules patients are admitted for treatment and which (potential) patient gets what kind of treatment in situations when medical resources are insufficient is a major source of ethical challenges – both for military and humanitarian health care providers. First, because resource scarcity is a feature common to many environments they are working in and ethical challenges related to it therefore often occur. Second, not being able to treat everybody in need necessarily leads to selecting one patient in favor of another one who will not get (a potentially life-saving) treatment. Being forced to not accept patients or even to send them away obviously causes ethical worries.

Even though resource scarcity is frequently encountered practical issue (hardly avoidable in many contexts) and dealing with it leads to ethical problems, there is no universal or generally satisfactory solution to it. We therefore propose to analyze different aspects of the topic and to exchange on experiences and regulations of different organizations, cultures, and contexts with the aim of better understanding the reasons for ethical troubles and to avoid (some of) them in the future.

To shed light at the topic from a variety of perspectives we equally encourage field reports (e.g. case studies, experienc briefings, policy analyes) as well as philosophical papers and legal background analyses. In line with the tradition of the workshop series, we invite presentations that take the perspectives of both military and humanitarian health care providers.

Call for Papers

Instructions for submissions

  • Extended Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2020
  • We will notify all applicants by February 15, 2020 at the latest whether their proposals have been selected.
  • For all selected speakers, we cover conference fee, hotel, and travel expenses (economy class).

For any questions with regard to the call for papers or the process of submitting please contact Daniel Messelken (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Practical Information

Date and Location

Date: 7.-9. May 2020
Location: Forum Lilienberg, Ermatingen (Switzerland)

Workshop Participation & Registration

Registration is mandatory for all attendants. No participation is possible without prior registration and confirmation. Note that places at the workshop are limited, registrations will be processed in the order of their arrival.

Registration form

Workshop Fee for participants: 600 CHF (t.b.c.)
The workshop fee includes

  • accommodation in a single room on 07./08. and 08./09.05.2020 at Forum Lilienberg,
  • all meals during the workshop,
  • and the bus transfer from and to Zurich Airport.

Early Arrival

If you arrive on the day before the workshop, the additional night 06./07.05.2020 at Forum Lilienberg can be booked for +198 CHF (t.b.c., includes the dinner on 06.05.2020 and breakfast).

Workshop organisation

Scientific Coordination

Dr. phil. Daniel Messelken
Lt Col David Winkler, MD, PhD

Organisation & Logistics

Swiss Armed Forces, Medical Services Directorate
ICMM Center of Reference for Education on IHL and Ethics

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