Meetings

We hold meetings with invited experts for Parliamentarians and our civil society partners. Our meetings provide a forum for informed debate and discussion on topical issues. Our meetings are open to  all Parliamentarians, and by invitation outside Westminster.

2022 Meetings

APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict – 25th of May – Minutes, Income and Expenditure Statement.

Ukraine: a key test for protecting civilians in modern conflict with Emily Ferris, Russia and Eurasia Fellow, and Nick Reynolds Land Warfare Analyst, both at the Royal United Services Institute, Dr Kate Ferguson, Co-Executive Director and Head of Research and Policy at Protection Approaches, and Enyseh Teimory, Head of Policy and Ben Donaldson, Head of Campaigns, both at the UK Association UK.

Please find an in-depth briefing drawing upon the event contributions and additional interviews here.

2021 Meetings

Sharing best practices across the Atlantic: a UK-US legislators’ dialogue on civilian protection in armed conflict with Congressman Jim McGovern, Gill Furniss MP and Stewart McDonald, moderated by Dr Larry Lewis, and with expert contributions from Saradashty Hasan, Field Officer at Save the Children Iraq, Annie Shiel, Senior Advisor at the Center for Civilians in Conflict, and Dmytro Chupryna, Deputy Director at Airwars  (co-hosted by InterAction, the Center for Civilians in Conflict, Airwars, Save the Children UK, War Child and Saferworld) and EGM – 2 December – Summary.

Afghanistan: Understanding the long-term strategic failures and addressing the current crisis with Sahr Muhammedally, Director for MENA and South Asia at the Center for Civilians in Conflict, Denisa Delić, Advocacy Director at the International Rescue Committee, Frank Ledwidge, former military officer and author of Losing Small Wars (Yale 2011) and Investment in Blood (Yale 2013) and Razia Sayad, Commissioner, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, chaired by Stewart McDonald MP and Baroness Stern – 22 September – Summary

Inaugural General Meeting AGM – 27 May – Minutes, Income and Expenditure Statement.

Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems: Legal, ethical, and military perspectives on UK and international policy, moderated by Alyn Smith MP and Camilla Molyneux (APPG on Drones) with Maya Brehm, Legal Advisor, the International Committee of the Red Cross Paddy Walker, Associate Fellow, the Royal United Services Institute, Bonnie Docherty, Senior Researcher, Arms Division, Human Rights Watch and Richard Moyes, Managing Director, Article 36 – 16 March

Good questions, wrong answers: Fixing the Overseas Operations Bill: a Joint APPG on Rule of Law and APPG on Drones Virtual Briefing with HH Jeffery Blackett, Judge Advocate General of the Armed Forces, 2004-2020; Elizabeth Wilmshurst CMG, Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House; Emma Norton, Director, Centre for Military Justice; Major General Justice Paul Le Gay Brereton AM RFD, and; General (retd.) Sir Nick Parker KBC CBE, Commander in Cheif Land Forces, British Army 2010-2012, and chaired by Sir Bob Neill MP and Lord Anderson of Ipswich –15 February – Summary

2020 Meetings

Support and reassurance: Will the Overseas Operations Bill serve the best interests of the UK and its troops? with Professor Mike Clarke, former Director-General at the Royal United Services Institute, Dr Elizabeth Stubbins Bates, Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, Kolbassia Haoussou MBE, Torture survivor, Cofounder of Survivors Speak OUT, and Foreign Office Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict (PSVI) Survivor Champion, Professor Noam Lubell, Professor of International Law of Armed Conflict at the University of Ethics and co-author of Guidelines on Investigating Violations of IHL, and Mark Goodwin-Hudson, Consultant at the Center for Civilians in Conflict, former Blues and Royals officer, and former Head of Civilian Casualty Investigations and Mitigation in Afghanistan (jointly with ICRC) (jointly hosted with the APPG on Human Rights) – 8 July

No time limit on justice: The Dangers of the Overseas Operations Bill with Professor Mike Clarke, former Director-General at the Royal United Services Institute, Nadia O’Mara, Policy and Campaigns Officer at Liberty, Kolbassia Haoussou MBE, Torture survivor, Cofounder of Survivors Speak OUT, and Foreign Office Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict (PSVI) Survivor Champion, Professor Noam Lubell, Professor of International Law of Armed Conflict at the University of Ethics and co-author of Guidelines on Investigating Violations of IHL, and Mark Goodwin-Hudson, Consultant at the Center for Civilians in Conflict, former Blues and Royals officer, and former Head of Civilian Casualty Investigations and Mitigation in Afghanistan (jointly with ICRC) (jointly hosted with the APPG on Human Rights) – 6 July

Inaugural General Meeting (AGM) – 18 March – Minutes, Income and Expenditure Statement.

Closed-door parliamentary brief and Q&A on ‘Challenges for Humanitarian Action and International Humanitarian Law’ with Dominic Stillhart, Director of Operations at the ICRC (joint with ICRC, APPG on Human Rights and the British Group International Parliamentary Union) – 11 February

A slippery slope?: The impact of the Soleimani strike on international norms and global security – 22 January

2019 Meetings

Countering the domestic drone threat – 29 October

Failures in UK security assistance to Partners: Lessons from Yemen – 16 July

Drones, Swarming and the Future of Warfare – 11 June

The future of civilian drones in the UK: Opportunities and challenges in policy and practice – 8 & 22 May

The Legality and Legitimacy of Armed Drone Strikes in a European and Transatlantic Context – 6 March

The human cost of airstrikes: are we counting civilian deaths? – 26 February

How will civilian drone technology change our lives by 2035? – 29 January 2019 – summary.

2018 Meetings

Camilla Molyneux – Counting the Cost: Assessing the Human Impact of Drones on the ground in Yemen – 12 December 2018 – summary.

Out of the Loop?: AI and Autonomy on the Battlefield – 14 November 2018

Annual General Meeting – 30 October 2018 – minutes, income and expenditure statement

Q&A Event with Dr. Peter Lee: ‘Reaper Force: Inside `Britain’s Drone Wars’ – 30 October 2018

APPG on Drones Roundtable with Dr. Larry Lewis, ‘Fixing the UK’s Broken Civilian Casualty Mitigation System’ – 12 September 2018

Civil Society Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Larry Lewis – 11 September 2018

Flying into Danger: Britain’s Risky Assistance in Armed Drone Operations – 17 July 2018 – summary.

Current challenges in armed conflict, and state accountability in urban warfare (joint with ICRC and APPGs on Extraordinary Rendition, Rule of Law and Human Rights) – 25 June 2018 – summary.

Extraordinary General Meeting – 21 May 2018 – minutes

Report launch: The Next Generation – An overview of new armed drone operators (hosted on behalf of Drone Wars) – 16 May 2018 

Amnesty International/ APPG on Drones Roundtable on UK Assistance to the US Drones Programme: Putting in place safeguards to protect human rights – 23 April 2018 – summary of discussion

2017 Meetings

APPG on Drones Inquiry Evidence Session 5 December 2017 

APPG on Drones Inquiry Evidence Session – 31 October 2017

APPG on Drones Inquiry Evidence Session – 12 July 2017

Annual General Meeting – 12 July 2017 – minutes, income and expenditure statement

APPG on Drones Inquiry Evidence Session – 8 March 2017

2016 Meetings

APPG on Drones Inquiry Evidence Session – 7 December 2016

Extraordinary General Meeting – 16 November 2016 – minutes

Annual General Meeting – 25 May 2016 – minutes, income and expenditure statement

The Government’s policy on the use of drones for targeted killing – 25 May 2016 meeting note

Private film view: ‘Eye in the Sky’ – 18 April 2016 – meeting note

2015 Meetings

Strategic Risks of Armed Drone Use with General McChrystal – 25.11.15

The Security Impact of Drones : implications for the SDSR – 20 October 2015  meeting note

Is there a UK Kill List  – 16 Sept 2015 –  meeting note

US targeted killing: investigating civilian harm – 23 June 2015

The Political effects of UAVs on Conflict and Cooperation – 16 June 2015

Killing by Drones: Legality under International Law- 27 Jan 2015

2014 Meetings

The Law and Politics of Remote Intervention – 2 December 2014

Drones and the increasing autonomy of weapons systems – 4 November 2014

The Security Impact of Drones: Challenges and Opportunities for the UK – 9 July 2014

Challenges ahead: integrating drones in civil airspace – 25 Jun 2014

Additions material from the meeting: Powerpoint

The Use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems by the UK’s Armed Forces – 26 March 2014

Drone victims speak – 25 Feb 2014

Defining the EU position on drones – 22 Jan 2014

2013 Meetings

UN Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights’ inquiry on drones – 4 December 2013

Challenging Privacy? The civil use of drones in the UK, 12 June 2013

Deprivation of Citizenship and the Targeted Killing of Britons, 15 May 2013

Drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a joint meeting with the Afghanistan Withdrawal Group, 16 April 2013

Psychological terror? Lessons from Pakistan and Yemen on the psychological impact of drones,  5 March 2013

2012 Meetings

Creation of the APPG: 17 October 2012

Robot Wars: the science and ethics behind lethal robots, 5 December 2012