Akershus fortress, Auditorium Forsvarsmuseet
The seminar open for all. Please register by 9 June 09:00.
Seminar incl. lunch NOK 400
NMF reception, NOK 240
Seminar NMF member NOK 350
Technology is advancing rapidly and affects us in all aspects of life. A revolving issue when it comes to law is the power of definition. From
smart phones with numerous “apps” to organize grocery shopping, personal health
care and plain tickets, to self-driving cars. Military technology is of no
exception in this regard. Unmanned vehicles exist in the air and under sea, and
advanced data programmes are used for instance to process data collection, to
calculate expected collateral damage, to monitor airspace, and even to react to
incoming enemy missiles (missile defence).
How does new technology challenge the law?
Acknowledging that all
war-fighting is basically about exploiting the weaknesses of the adversary,
this technological asymmetry may in turn affect how wars are fought and how the
threat scenario is perceived by each side of a conflict.
On the one hand,
non-State armed groups have access to modern technology such as smart phones
and social media – they have even been seen combining conventional (old)
technology with advanced and easily accessible technology, for example as means
of target identification.
On the other hand, advanced missile defence systems,
fighter planes with precision guided munitions, long-range drones and
submarines, are (usually) only accessible for resourceful States. In this
seminar, we ask how what these differences in acquired and adopted technology
are and how they create differences in the threat scenario. Subsequently we ask
how these differences challenge the law.
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