Society in Science ETH Zurich: Branco Weiss Fellowship


Dr Rain Liivoja

Project Title

Regulating the enhancement and degradation of cognitive and physical performance of warfighters: Application of international law to emerging defence science and technology

Project Summary

During the Fellowship, Dr Liivoja will critically assess the international legal regulation of two types of applications of bioscientific knowledge and biotechnology in the armed forces: (a) the enhancement of the cognitive and physical abilities of soldiers by means of pharmacological, electromagnetic, surgical or other interventions; and (b) the degradation of the cognitive and physical performance of the adversary principally by means of ‘non-lethal weapons’.