Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and Action
Here are the research projects dealing with issues of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and Action. You will also find the list of recent publications related to this cluster.
Improving the Protection of Persons with Disabilities during Armed Conflict
Professor Andrew Clapham, funded by SNIS. September 2016–May 2019.
Undertaken in partnership with Handicap International, the Institute for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Basel, Psychiatric University Clinics Basel and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, this project aims to ensure better protection of and assistance to persons with disabilities in situations of armed conflict or its aftermath by identifying legal obligations to protect and assist persons with disabilities during conflict, and the policies and practices required to put these obligations into effect.
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Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems and War Crimes: Who is to Bear Criminal Responsibility?
Professor Paola Gaeta, funded by SNSF. July 2018–June 2022.
This project investigates whether and under which conditions the individuals who have deployed lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS), e.g. military robots designed to select and attack military targets (non-civilian people and objects) without intervention by a human operator, can be held responsible for the commission of the resulting war crimes.