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Air and Missile Warfare: Navigating the Legal Dimension (Advanced AMPLE)

Know the Norms and Assess Their Implications

Modern air and missile warfare, including the use of drones and autonomous systems, is not fought in a legal vacuum. Adherence to legal norms has strategic ramifications for armed forces, commanders, and operators. This course covers the legal dimension of air and missile warfare, enabling military and civilian professionals to effectively plan and conduct air and missile operations. It also prepares participants to instruct and train others.


This course is an evolution of the Air and Missile Warfare Programme of Legal Education (AMPLE) which was successfully organised by GCSP. The course offers modern teaching methodologies, a practical and interdisciplinary approach to the subject, insights from cutting-edge legal research, and the incorporation of a technical expert on new technologies.


This course is designed for operators, commanders, instructors, lawyers, policymakers, and analysts who conduct, plan, advise, monitor, and/or teach air and missile warfare. It is relevant to all military branches and military staff, as well as to civilian professionals working in the air and space sector.


HPCR Manual on International Law Applicable to Air and Missile Warfare, and the attached Commentary.

Géopolitis’ interview with Tobias Vestner on the legal challenges of Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS), 19 November 2017 (in French).

Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg, The 2009 Kunduz Air Attack: The Decision of the Federal Prosecutor-General on the Dismissal of Criminal Proceedings Against Members of the German Armed Forces. In: German Yearbook of International Law Vol. 53, 2010, S.  833-866.


Geneva, Switzerland


CHF 1'500. Alumni qualify for a 20% discount. Certain circumstances are eligible for scholarships.

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Air and Missile Warfare: Navigating the Legal Dimension (Advanced AMPLE)

Date 26 - 28 Mar 2018

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