Legal issues surrounding modern warfare will form the basis of a new research unit being planned for the University of Adelaide.
Experts in digital technology, international law, armed conflict, human rights and national security will inform the unit, based in the university’s school of law.
‘There are more legal and ethical issues facing the military and security forces, and the broader community, today than in any other time in history,’ Associate Professor Dale Stephens said.
‘The ever-changing nature of technology is a major challenge, with the advent of cyber warfare, developments in nanotechnology, autonomous and unmanned weapons, just to name a few.’
Prof Stephens said counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations also pose unique legal and ethical considerations.
‘Just because it may be lawful to kill an enemy doesn’t necessarily mean that is the best strategy for a long-term outcome in a conflict,’ he said.