Experiences of the course. International Course on the Law of Armed Conflict

Mil Med. 2002 Aug;167(8 Suppl):32-3.


This article reflects the experiences the commander and the chief medical officer of the course made. Creating an atmosphere of trust and mutual understanding helped to made participants at ease to discuss difficult issues openly. They learned that the most important problem for the participants was the issue of obeying orders, following medical ethical issues, and the simultaneous observance of Law of Armed Conflict. This gave rise to the greatest numbers of questions and concerns. Another hotly discussed issue was medical ethics in peace and war. Medical ethics is a very rapidly growing field of interest, which today is of concern to all of us, and this was reflected in the discussions of the participants. The last paragraph investigates what goals the course has achieved.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Medical, Continuing*
  • Ethics, Medical*
  • Human Rights / education*
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Military Medicine / education*
  • Warfare*