Dr Heather Harrison Dinniss

Heather Harrison Dinniss

Dr Heather Harrison Dinniss

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Dr. Heather A. Harrison Dinniss is a Senior Lecturer at the International Law Centre of the Swedish Defence University where she teaches both military and civilian students on the law of military operations, including international humanitarian law and human rights, as well as issues of general public international law. She is the author of Cyber War and Laws of War (Cambridge University Press, 2012) which analyses the status and use of computer network attacks in international law and examines their treatment under the laws of armed conflict. Heather’s research primarily focuses on the impact of modern warfare on international humanitarian law; she has published articles on advanced and emerging military technologies such as cyber warfare, autonomous weapons systems, and the legal aspects of enhancement techniques on members of the armed forces.

Prior to joining the Swedish Defence University in 2011, Heather previously taught at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London, and Victoria University of Wellington (NZ). She was awarded her PhD from the LSE in 2009, and is also a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington (NZ), with a Masters of Law (first class honours), and undergraduate degrees in both Law and Psychology. Heather is also a barrister and solicitor of New Zealand and worked both in private practice and in-house, before returning to academia.

Heather has served as a member of an advisory group to the Swedish Government on autonomous weapons systems and as a member of the International Law Association’s Study Group on Cyber Terrorism and International Law (2014-2016), and as a core expert for two projects to establish Manuals on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS (2016-18) & Woomera (2018-present)).

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