TEMPE (Sept. 24, 2012) – Members of the Red Cross aren’t supposed to be targets. Yet this year, a British Red Cross worker who was being held captive was killed in Pakistan, a Yemeni Red Cross worker who was delivering aid was gunned down during air strikes in Yemen and a Syrian Arab Red Crescent staff member was shot and killed while providing services in a marked ambulance in Syria.
These sobering events will be explored during “Drones, robots and future wars: Will emerging technologies require new laws for managing armed conflict?” a free, open-to-the-public panel discussion from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, in Room 105 of Armstrong Hall, located at 1100 S. McAllister Ave., Tempe, AZ 85287. A debate about whether emerging military technologies undermine the law of armed conflict and international humanitarian law principles will be held between Brad Allenby, the Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics at ASU, and Anne Quintin, a Public Affairs Officer for the International Committee of the Red Cross, with moderation by Daniel Rothenberg, the Executive Director of the Center for Law and Global Affairs at ASU. A reception will be followed by a welcome from Douglas Sylvester, the Dean of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and an introduction from Dan Curtiss, the Emergency Services Director for the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter. According to IHL, parties to an armed conflict must distinguish at all times between civilians and those involved in fighting, and they must take every precaution to spare civilian lives. Medical staff and facilities, as well as humanitarian relief personnel, should be respected and protected from attack.
The program is the first piece of an IHL workshop that’s hosted by the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, with support from the Grand Canyon Chapter, the Center for Law and Global Affairs and the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at ASU. The seminar continues Saturday and Sunday, at no cost for law and graduate students from ASU, the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and the Phoenix School of Law, featuring lectures and hands-on exercises that guide participants through an intensive examination of IHL, with a focus on its application to combatants and civilians. Topics include IHL principles; conflict classification; means and methods of warfare; protection of civilians under IHL; non-state actors and direct participation in hostilities; and enforcement of IHL. For more information, call 480-965-3365, email email@example.com or visit www.law.asu.edu/lga/ihlworkshop2.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.arizonaredcross.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.