Author: Barbara van der Vaart

Institutional Corruption

Book: Shooting to Kill: the ethics of police and military use of lethal force Author: Seumas Miller Publisher: Cambridge University Press Description: In this book, Seumas Miller develops distinctive philosophical analyses of corruption, collective responsibility and integrity systems, and applies them to cases in both the public and the private sectors. Using numerous well-known examples of institutional corruption, he explores a variety of actual and potential anti-corruption measures. The result is a wide-ranging, theoretically sophisticated and empirically informed work on institutional corruption and how to combat it. Part I defines the key concepts of corruption, power, collective responsibility, bribery,...

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8th Euro-ISME Annual Conference 2018 “The Ethical Implications of Emerging Technologies in Warfare” in Toledo (Spain)

Multiple members of CTE participated in the 8th Annual conference of the European division of the International Society for Military Ethics (ISME) in Toledo from 13 May to 16 May. They presented research on the ethical issues arising from novel technologies in military contexts. In particular, Dr. Adam Henschke shared his perspectives on emerging weapon technologies in two papers, “The Internet of Things: Cyber war will take place” and “Convergent weapons systems and the argument of emergence”. Dr. Michael Robillard gave a presentation on war in international space and Jonas Feltes shared his work on the issues with the...

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Australian Cyber Delegation to Israel

Senior Researcher Dr. Adam Henschke took part in the Official Australian Government sponsored cyber delegation to Israel, which featured representatives from the Australian government, industry and academia. The meeting took place on Thursday 2nd of November 2017 at the Australian Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. On the photo, from right to left: Andrew Humphreys – Cyber Policy Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australian Government) Dr Tobias Feakin – Ambassador for Cyber Affairs (Australian Government) Professor Chris Leckie – Melbourne University Dr Adam Henschke – National Security College, Australian National University and Delft University of Technology Tom Moore – CEO...

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Interrogation: Efficacy and Ethics

Author: Michael Skerker   1      Introduction Recent research has led to an emerging scientific consensus about best practices in interrogation. Government agencies in Norway, the US, the UK, and other commonwealth countries have begun to train personnel in scientifically-validated, rapport-based interrogation methods that are practical and moral improvements on older methods that seek to overcome or circumvent the interrogatee’s will through emotional pressure or trickery. This essay will present four types of interrogation and assess them from practical and moral perspectives. Interrogation techniques can be largely arranged on a spectrum from the most harsh, and, as it happens, least effective techniques, at one end of the spectrum, to the least harsh and most effective at the other end. The conversation will presuppose interrogations targeting potential criminals, including terrorists or other unlawful militants, referring to them as suspects, to the exclusion of conventional combatants or irregular militants complying with the law of war (e.g. POWs). The agents in question will simply be referred to as interrogators, without clarification of what kind of government agency they serve.  2      Four Approaches to Interrogation Coercive interrogation, or torture, seeks to destroy or overcome the suspect’s will through various physical or psychological measures. On one model, interrogatory torture may be applied to create an incentive for the suspect to cooperate that is so urgent as to overwhelm his desire to keep his secrets. More commonly,...

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