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Proposals Related to Emerging Technologies in the Area of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems: A Resource Paper

Proposals Related to Emerging Technologies in the Area of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems: A Resource Paper

18 July 2022

Alisha Anand, Ioana Puscas

30 Pages

This resource paper offers an initial comparative analysis of the content of the six different proposals related to emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS) submitted by States to the Group of Governmental Experts on LAWS.

It identifies commonality in views as well as areas that require further discussion in relation to ten thematic areas covered in the six proposals and the Group’s discussions. These include:

  1. application of international humanitarian law (IHL)

  2. weapons prohibitions and other regulations/restrictions

  3. application of international human rights law (IHRL) and international criminal law (ICL)

  4. characterization

  5. general requirements regarding human-machine interaction and human control

  6. responsibility and accountability

  7. legal reviews

  8. risk mitigation

  9. ethical considerations

  10. peaceful uses of artificial intelligence (AI)

 

Also available: Annex A, which includes relevant excerpts from proposals related to emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems.

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An earlier version of the paper was prepared for a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Governments of New Zealand and Switzerland. This discussion was organised by the Security and Technology Programme, which is funded by the Governments of Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, as well as by Microsoft.

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