Euro-ISME

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The European chapter of the International Society for Military Ethics (ISME) has been created in 2010 with the aim to establish a European forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas on professional responsibility and military ethics, and to promote comprehensive and systematic analysis in the field of

military ethics and of the law of armed conflict in accordance with the principles of humanitarian law and human rights. » Euro-ISME is not affiliated with any international organisation or with any ideological view; it is politically neutral. It is a non-profit organisation under French law (association loi 1901). Since 2010, Euro-ISME has annually organised “International Conferences” which are now widely recognised as a forum attracting experts from all over the world. The meetings are regularly hosted by renown insitutions having an important impact on European security and defence policy. Cooperations exist with stakeholders of military ethics and of civil society - military dialogue in other parts of the world, i.e. West Africa, Latin America, Asia-Pacific including Australia.

Individual members are researchers, academics, practionners of military ethics education, and active or retired military personal with an intercultural and transdisciplinary approach. EURO-Isme welcomes a growing number of institutional members (academic, government and religious bodies) and facilitates a collaborative work between them.

Objectives

Euro-ISME aims to:

  • establish a European forum for discussion and exchange of ideas on professional responsibility and military ethics;

  • promote comprehensive and systematic analysis in the field of military ethics and of the law of armed conflict in accordance with the principles of human rights;

  • initiate research on the ethical traditions in Europe and worldwide as well as on behavioural norms that guide and limit the conduct of military;

  • enhance the quality of ethics education in European armed forces and the armed forces of partner countries who require advice;

  • support educational institutions and military command in analysis and topical studies on the behaviour in the operations and their impact on military ethics;

  • promote the harmonization of ethical principles and standards of conduct in relation to the creation of a shared culture of responsibility and ethical thinking;

  • disclose knowledge about this culture to other continents via a global network of regional Societies for Military Ethics.

Related programmes

Modes of action

  • expertise
  • networking of actors
  • advocacy, lobbying, influence strategy
  • research, analysis
  • meetings, exchanges, assemblies

Thematic areas

  • law and justice
  • governance
  • ethics
  • peace
  • democracy