Expert meeting ‘technology, security & ethics’

Tracing and surveillance equipment, for example, is getting smaller and more invisible at a fast speed. This increases the ease of use and the number of occasions for application. How should we regulate these new technologies by means of law, technical norms or behavioral codes? Another example is that developments in neuro and nanotechnology hold great promises for enhancing the capabilities of defense personnel, or even creating the ‘soldier of the future’. However, is this allowed in the light of values like autonomy and well-being? It is these and other questions that have inspired the organization of this expert meeting on technology, security and ethics.

Organisation and location

This expert meeting will be co-organized by the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology and the Centre for Safety, Security and Justice in the Hague. It will be for invited guests only. For more information, please contact {encode=”” title=”Ilse Oosterlaken”}.


14.00 Reception with coffee and tea
14.30 Welcome and introduction by prof. Jeroen van den Hoven
14.35 Ethics and armed conflicts (prof. David Rodin)
15.20 break
15.30 Collective responsibility in warfare (prof. Larry May)
16.15 break
17.30 Terrorism, war and States of Emergency(prof. Seumas Miller)
18.15 Closing discussion with participants

It is now possible to download the abstract and the powerpoint presentation of professor Miller.

Biography of speakers

Prof. Larry May

Larry May is professor of philosophy at Washington University at St. Louis. May’s long-term research concerns the theory of moral and legal responsibility, especially the concepts of collective responsibility, guilt and shame. He has authored several books on this general theme as well as books on professional ethics, masculinity and medical ethics. He is the author of six books, and editor of 10 others, including “Crimes Against Humanity”, about who could justifiably be held accountable and prosecuted for such crimes. He is also examining genocide and other aspects of international criminal law. Some recent publications:

  • War Crimes and Just Wars, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007
  • The Morality of War, co-edited with Eric Rovie and Steve Viner, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall Publishers, 2006
  • Crimes Against Humanity, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005

Prof. Seumas Miller

Seumas Miller is Professor of Philosophy at Charles Sturt University and the Australian National University (joint position). From 2000-2007 he was also Foundation Director of the Centre for Applied Ethics and Public Ethics (CAPPE), an Australian Research Council funded Special Research Centre. He was also Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Charles Sturt University (1994-1999). His extensive publications include writings on social action and institutions, terrorism, and police ethics. He has also been awarded numerous competitive grants and consultancies. Examples of the latter are a study on the dual use dilemma in the biological science for the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2006 and a review of policy and procedures on detention for the Australian Defence Force in 2002. Recent publications include:

  • Institutional Corruption: A Study in Applied Philosophy. New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: Ethics and Liberal Democracy, Blackwell, 2008
  • Police Ethics. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006

Prof. David Rodin

David Rodin is Director of Research at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. He also holds a dual appointment at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) at Australian National University. Former posts have included Research Associate at the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. He worked for several years in the private sector at the Boston Consulting Group a leading management consultancy. His research covers a broad range of issues in moral and political philosophy. His primary research interests are: war and international conflict; terrorism and asymmetric war; torture; business ethics and International justice. His first book, War and Self-Defense, was published by the Oxford University Press in October 2002 and was awarded the American Philosophical Association Frank Chapman Sharp Prize for the best monograph on the philosophy of war and peace. His publications include:

  • War, Torture and Terrorism: Ethics and War in the 21st Century (editor). Wiley, 2007.
  • Pre-emption: Military Action and Moral Justification. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • The Ethics of War: Shared Problems in Different Traditions. Edited with Sorabji, Richard. London: Ashgate, 2005
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