Armed drones: the program of the conference (Milan, September 25)

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Next September 25, we aim to raise awareness and ignite a public debate on international law and human rights standards in counter-terrorism operations a in a conference that we are organizing with Rete Italiana per il Disarmo and ECCHR (European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights).

Register here (the access is free but there’s limited space)
[Note: The conference will take place in the Sala di Rappresentanza, instead that in the Aula Crociera Alta, as previously stated. Entrance remains at via Festa del Perdono 7]]

Below you can find the program and more material:

Armed drones in Italy and Europe: Problems and Perspectives
Between military strategy, transparency issues and protection of
fundamental human rights.
International conference on armed drones an their use.
25 September 2017
Università degli Studi di Milano
Sala di Rappresentanza

9.00 Registration
9.15 Introduction
Prof. N. Boschiero (Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Milano), Prof. Fabrizio Battistelli (Archivio Disarmo)

9.30-11.00 International legal framework – Moderator Prof. P. Palchetti (Università di Macerata)

  • Towards an EU common position on the use of armed drones – J. Dorsey (European Forum on Armed Drones)
  • Armed drones and international law – Prof. M. Pertile (Università di Trento)
  • A framework for transparency in the use of force: Evaluating US practice – A. Moorehead (Counterterrorism, Armed Conflict and Human Rights Project – Columbia Law School)
  • The lethal attacks of drones in front of the Courts – Prof. C. Meloni (Università degli Studi di Milano e European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights)

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-12.30 The legal consequences of drones in Italy – Moderator Prof. M. Frulli (Università di Firenze)

  • Compensations to civilian casualties of lethal drone attacks: the Lo Porto case – Prof. A. Saccucci (Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli)
  • Principles of transparency in the use of drones in Italy – Dr. G. Carullo (Università degli Studi di Milano)
  • What are the Italian responsibilities for armed drones operations in Sigonella? – D. Mauri (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano)

12.30 Concluding debate on issues from the first two sessions

13.00-14.00: Lunch break (free)

14.00-15.30: Whistleblowing and transparency
Why I told the truth on armed drones – C. Westmoreland (former Air Force RF/SATCOM technician)
Debate “Informing on drone attacks: how to break the silence” –  Moderator Philip Di Salvo (Università della Svizzera Italiana)

  • Antonella Napolitano (CILD)
  • Chris Cole (Drone Wars UK)
  • Srdjan Cvijic (OSEPI)

15.30-16.00: Coffee break

16.00-18.00: Drones and military strategy

  • A Yemeni perspective on the use of armed drones in counterterrorism – Waleed Alhariri (Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies)
  • Drones impact on civilians in armed conflicts – F. Borello (CIVIC)
  • The use of unmanned aerial vehicles by the United States of America – W. Patten (OSF)
  • Military drones: proliferation or control? – Prof. F. Battistelli (Archivio Disarmo)

Roundtable: Regulation perspectives about the use of Italian military drones – Moderator L. S. Battaglia (Freelance journalist)

  • MP C. Ferri, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice
  • MP M. Artini, Vicepresident of the Defense Committee in the Italian House of Representatives
  • Gen. S. Frigerio, Commander of the Combat Force of the Italian Air Force
  • F. Vignarca, Coordinator Rete Italiana Disarmo

18.00-18.30 Conclusions