Conference invitation: Drones and international security

The conference Drones and International Security presents the latest research and different views on the use of armed drones in warfare. The main objective of the conference is to contribute to the debate on the use of armed drones and to the definition of an autonomous EU position.

2015.03.03 | Ingrid Marie Fossum

“I find this debate very important and relevant on a societal level, and it is part of the obligation of people from the civil society to try to contribute to that debate,” says Bruno Oliveira Martins from Aarhus University.  He is the initiator behind the international conference about drones and international security, organised in collaboration with IP-NU, the IR student union at the Department of Political Science.

Since the EU does not have an official position on armed drones yet, there is a window of opportunity to influence the debate. According to Bruno Oliveira Martins, the EU has shown interest in the outcome of the conference, and in April he will submit a report to several EU institutions with the overall results and specific recommendations derived from the conference.

“This is a great opportunity for us to influence the debate,” he says.

Different views on drones

Participants in the conference are researchers from the fields of political science, international studies and law as well as other experts. Together they represent different views on the use of drones in warfare. Among the speakers are e.g. Michael Messerschmidt from Sky-Watch, an enterprise that builds drones.

The keynote speaker at the conference is Christian Enemark from the University of Aberystwyth in Great Britain, who conducts research on the ethics of war.  Enemark will launch the conference on Thursday afternoon with his presentation about the ethical challenges of using drones as weapons.

On Friday, the programme offers presentations by e.g. lawyer Jessica Dorsey from the TMC Asser Institute in Holland, who collaborates with the office of the EU counter-terrorism Coordinator and contributes with hands-on research on EU security topics.

Chris Jones from Statewatch will offer his take on what is already taking place in Europe in the area of drones. He has expressed critical views on how the EU has acted in this regard.

The movie Drone followed by a debate

The conference also offers participants a chance to watch the internationally recognised movie Drone by the Norwegian director Tonje Hessen Schei. Following the movie, a debate will take place chaired by Jens Ringsmose, head of the Department of Political Science and Public Management at the University of Southern Denmark.

The conference is sponsored by the British association UACES, the Carlsberg Foundation and the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University.

Find the conference program at the department's

Further info:

Bruno Oliveira Martins
Dept. of Political Science
Aarhus Universitet, School of Business and Social Sciences
+45 8716 6153

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