Past event

Invitation Only

The Ethics of Remote Warfare

Christ Church, University of Oxford

International Security Department


There is growing interest in the potential of cyber capabilities, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and 'autonomous' weapons to revolutionise the way war is waged. As parts of a military arsenal these capabilities can be deployed to deter, to make pre-emptive strikes, and to reduce the need for large armed forces. However, these developments in military technology raise novel and difficult ethical questions, for which traditional just war thinking lacks ready answers such as what kinds of retaliation are proportionate and which moral agents are responsible for their operation?

This event will focus on the ethics of remote warfare. It forms part of an annual series on Ethics and International Security, held conjointly with Chatham House, the McDonald Centre at Christ Church, Oxford and the University of Exeter.

Attendance is by invitation only. Please note this event will be held at the University of Oxford.