Past eventResearch Event

Killing Civilians: Why it Happens and How to Prevent it

15 January 2008 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Chatham House, London


Dr Hugo Slim, Director, Corporates for Crisis and author, Killing Civilians: Method, Madness and Morality in War (Hurst and Co)



Held in association with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva, this meeting will look at the moral and legal idea of the civilian in war. It will explore the many different ways in which civilians routinely suffer in war and the many different reasons why warring parties decide to reject the civilian idea to fight indiscriminate wars. Discussing a range of persistent anti-civilian ideologies that drive political and military policy in war, the speaker will examine the particular problem of the ambiguity of civilian identity and suggest ways in which the principle of civilian protection can be actively reinvigorated in wars today.

The meeting will be followed by an open reception at 18.30.