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University of Silesia in Katowice

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Workshop “A decade of the Iron Dome. New technologies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”

13.12.2023 - 11:33 update 13.12.2023 - 12:44
Editors: izabelamaculewicz

October 7, 2023. Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad launched “Operation Al-Aqsa Flood,” a surprise attack that combined massive rocket fire and the movement of thousands of fighters into southern Israel. More than 1,200 people were killed and thousands wounded, most of them Israeli civilians. Hamas also took hostages, including children, women, the elderly and people with disabilities. In response, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched Operation Iron Swords, which began with air strikes and bombing of the Gaza Strip, followed by a land operation in late October.

The subject of the workshop will be a legal and international reflection on new technologies and solutions used by Israel aided by artificial intelligence and their compatibility with international humanitarian law of armed conflict and international human rights law.

The event will be held at the Faculty of Law and Administration in room 1.4. on December 19, 2023 from 11:30 to 13:00.

The meeting will be hosted by Magda Pacholska, who belongs to the Asser Institute in The Hague, where she is part of the interdisciplinary DILEMA (Designing International Law and Ethics into Military Artificial Intelligence) team. She also conducts research as part of the Tech, Law & Society program at American University in Washington, DC. Before joining DILEMA, she worked as a senior legal officer at the General Command of the Polish Armed Forces, where she focused on the legal aspects of interoperability in combined military operations. Her previous work experience includes EU agencies dealing with internal affairs and justice, as well as the Ad Hoc Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Magda Pacholska received her doctorate in law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her LL.M. in International Criminal Law from the University of Amsterdam (joint program with Columbia Law School). She graduated the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw and National Security at the National Defense Academy.

Anyone interested in attending the seminar is asked to register via this form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/

Applications are accepted until December 15, 2023.

Those who need to obtain written confirmation of participation in the seminar can apply to Ms. Izabela Maculewicz (room 39) with a request for a relevant document.

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