A new European branch of the International Society for Military Ethics (ISME) has been created under the label “Euro-ISME”. Its goal is to favour the analysis and the development of best practices for the training of soldiers and also to promote the exchange of experiences on modern training methods within the European defence community.
The constituent assembly of Euro-ISME met on June 16-17, 2011 at the Ecole Militaire in Paris. It brought together over 100 participants, who decided to register Euro-ISME as a voluntary association under French law (Loi 1901), while waiting for a European register to be created.
The renowned participating experts who came from all over Europe, the USA, Canada, Israel and Australia shared the same opinion: the international conference organized along with the constituent assembly of Euro-ISME was a great success!
For two days, the participants exchanged and worked on the topic „Ethics and Alliances: Military Ethics in a Multinational Environment“. Two conferences halls at the prestigious Ecole Militaire were consecrated to the discussions – that were sometimes organised in parallel.
You can download the programme here.
The conference minutes including all the scientific contributions and conclusions of discussions will be published in the course of fall.
In parallel, the first general assembly of Euro-ISME was held. The following resolutions on the preliminary actions of the Euro-ISME’s association bodies were adopted:
Resolution n° 1:
Euro-ISME is established on the basis of the draft internal rules of procedure as distributed to the members prior to the constituent assembly and presented during the meeting.
You can find the draft internal rules of procedure here.
Resolution n° 2:
The association established according to resolution n°1 decides not to create all the association bodies right away. For the first 6 months, the work will be carried out by a temporary executive board of five members. One of these five members is to be the temporary executive director.
The executive board has the following mission:
to finalize the draft internal rules of procedure in the three working languages, via regular e-mail exchange,
to proceed with the registration of the association under French law,
to draft an action plan for 2012,
to organize an extraordinary general assembly where the rules of internal procedure, the role and tasks of the different association bodies and the 2012 action plan shall be approved.
Following people have been appointed as members of the executive board:
Manfred Rosenberger, Colonel. a.D. (temporary executive director)
Dr. T.A. van Baarda, Lecturer for Military Ethics at the Dutch Defence College, The Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Henri Paul Hude, Director, Institute for Military Ethics at the Officers’ School of the French Land Forces, France
Patrice Mompeyssin, Brigadier General a.D., France
Dr. David Whetham, Senior Lecturer, King’s College, London and JSCSC/Defence Academy, United Kingdom
We will update you on the next steps to be undertaken for the creation of Euro-ISME on a regular basis.