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Krebs: Above the Law: Drones, Aerial Vision, and the Law of Armed Conflict – A Socio-Technical Approach

Oct 24, 2023 | 12:30 PM

Seminar with Shiri Krebs (Deakin University)

You will find Shiri Krebs' biography linked below.

Military operations around the world increasing rely on real-time aerial visuals. These visuals add large amounts of time-sensitive and relevant data that inform military decision-makers in real time. At the same time, these visuals construct an imperfect representation of people and spaces, placing additional burdens on decision-makers, and creating a persuasive virtual representation of the actual conditions on the ground that is difficult, if not impossible, to refute. Based on interdisciplinary analysis of critical security studies, behavioral economics, and international law literature, as well as rich data from U.S. and Israeli military investigations into four military operations, this article identifies three types of challenges linked to the mounting reliance on aerial visuals in military decision-making: technical challenges, cognitive challenges, and human-technological challenges. The article suggests ways to mitigate these challenges, improve the application of the law of armed conflict, and better protect people, animals, and the environment during armed conflicts.

Time & Location

24 October 2023 | 12:30–2:00 PM
In-person & online
Law School | Garystraße 35 (HFB) | Conference Room II
Join via fuels.berlin/webex

Further Information

Biography: Shiri Krebs