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The Ethics of Drone Operations: Present and Future Challenges Masterclass

15 July, 2014 - 15 July, 2014, London, United Kingdom

Overview of the Masterclass

Recent advances in drone technology and applications have been driven by the pursuit of military advantage in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Current and future advances are and will be fuelled by commercial and wider security concerns. This masterclass will explore current and future ethical challenges, setting them in a broad social and political context.

Who should attend:

If you are currently involved in developing drone-related technologies, evolving military or security drone policy, or operating drones – from hand-held to remotely piloted aircraft.

Why you should attend

This masterclass explores five related ethical challenges:
  • You will gain a greater understnanding of the Ethics of military drone operations
  • You will understand more fully the human face of drones
  • You will hear about future military and civilian applications
  • You will learn about emerging technologies and new ethical questions
  • You will get an opportunity to discuss ethics in changing political and social contexts


Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
Coram Street
London, WC1N 1HT
United KingdomThe agenda is available as PDF under downloads at the right side of the page.


Peter Lee, Principal Lecturer in Military and Leadership Ethics & Assistant Director, Portsmouth University

Dr Peter Lee is a Portsmouth University Principal Lecturer in Military Ethics and Political Theory who specialises in the ethics and ethos of remotely piloted aircraft (drone) operations, the politics and ethics of war and military intervention, and the politics and ethics of identity. In November 2012 Peter transferred from King’s College London after four years in the Air Power Studies Division and continues to lecture across a range of diverse subjects, from international relations to terrorism and insurgency. In 2012 he published his first book entitled Blair’s Just War: Iraq and the Illusion of Morality. He has recently written on the ethics of UAV operations and is regularly invited to lecture on this and other subjects to military, academic, political, religious and wider audiences. He is due to publish Politics in Crises: Truth Wars for Palgrave Macmillan in late 2014.


Event details

SMi Defence
15 July, 2014
15 July, 2014
Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
United Kingdom
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