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Establishment and aim

In 2015, Euro-ISME’s Board of Directors decided to establish an annual prize for the best thesis on military ethics.

Key Information

Subject in 2018: The Ethical Implications of Emerging Technologies in Warfare
Deadline for submission:
30 November 2017
Fact Sheet: Click here to download the Fact Sheet for the Prize 2018
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The aims of the prize are:

  • to promote an active involvement in the study & application of military ethics,human rights and humanitarian law in a pro-active manner, thus promoting a dialogue on common European values;
  • to promote participation at Euro-ISME annual conferences by military academies and civilian universities;
  • to promote Euro-ISME as relevant player in the field of military ethics;
  • to publish the winning theses as a cahier (paper copy) and on line (open access) in two / three European languages.

Target groups

The target groups will consist mainly of: European military officers and students who have written their thesis in pursuit of an Academic Master Degree, and discuss the topic of one of Euro-ISME’s annual conferences – that is to say, submissions will be considered if they discuss a topic which is: either the topic of EuroISME’s next annual conference, or the topic of one of Euro-ISME’s previous annual conferences.
In civilian terms, this will be a thesis at the level of an Executive Master or an Academic Master. The target group of military officers who write a thesis is pertinent, since it consists of those, who will be Europe’s military commanders in the very near future, and who will have to demonstrate honourable behaviour on the battlefield.

We do not formally limit participation to military officers – it may well be that a civilian student may also write an appropriate paper. At this initial stage however, we prioritise the enlistment the interest of European military academies in the prize.


The topic of Euro-ISME’s annual conferences shall be leading – that is to say, submissions will be considered if they have a topic which is pertinent to the topic of our annual conferences. Thus, if Euro-ISME were to have a conference on the pedagogy of military ethics, then we would expect submissions for the prize on the same topic; if the topic is ethics in counter-terrorism, we will expect submission on that topic, etc.

The jury

The jury will consist of five European experts in the field of military ethics, offering a combination of field experience (the practitioner’s perspective) and the academia (the theoretical perspective). No nation will be represented more than once within the jury, in order to ensure geographical distribution. The chair is held by Colonel Rev. Prof.Dr. P.J. McCormack, MBE, Assistant Chaplain General of the British Armed Forces. Other members of the jury have been appointed in summer of 2016; the full list is published in the fact sheet below.

Regulations and more information – Downloads


The prize is supported financially by the Dutch veterans fund,