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International Governance of Autonomous Military Robots


Gary E. Marchant, JD, PhD


Arizona State University - College of Law

Braden Allenby


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ronald Arkin


Georgia Institute of Technology

Edward T. Barrett


United States Naval Academy

Jason Borenstein


Georgia Institute of Technology

Lyn M. Gaudet


Arizona State University (ASU) - Center for Law, Science, and Innovation

Orde F. Kittrie


Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Patrick Lin


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

George R. Lucas


United States Naval Academy

Richard O'Meara


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jared Silberman


College of William and Mary

December 30, 2010

Columbia Science and Technology Law Review, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
Unarmed aerial vehicles (i.e., drones) are already starting to transform the conduct of military engagements, and these systems are projected an increasingly prominent role in military forces in the future. A number of factors will push these systems toward increased autonomy, raising the possibility of the future development of lethal autonomous robotics (LARs). This article seeks to proactively address the ethical, policy, and legal aspects of ALRs. It first describes the technological status and incentives for LARs, and then reviews some ethical and policy concerns that autonomous systems present. The paper then describes three potential routes for proactive governance of LARs: (i) existing legal and policy regimes such as rules of engagement, laws of war, and international humanitarian law; (ii) arms control agreements; and (iii) “soft law” mechanisms such as codes of conduct and international consultative bodies.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 36

Keywords: Military Technology, Robotics, Arms Control, Soft Law, Governance

JEL Classification: K33, O38

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Date posted: March 6, 2011  

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Marchant, JD, PhD, Gary E. and Allenby, Braden and Arkin, Ronald and Barrett, Edward T. and Borenstein, Jason and Gaudet, Lyn M. and Kittrie, Orde F. and Lin, Patrick and Lucas, George R. and O'Meara, Richard and Silberman, Jared, International Governance of Autonomous Military Robots (December 30, 2010). Columbia Science and Technology Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1778424

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Gary E. Marchant, JD, PhD (Contact Author)
Arizona State University - College of Law ( email )
Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
(480) 965-3246 (Phone)
(480) 965-2427 (Fax)
Braden Allenby
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
Ronald Arkin
Georgia Institute of Technology ( email )
Atlanta, GA 30332
United States
Edward T. Barrett
United States Naval Academy ( email )
Jason Borenstein
Georgia Institute of Technology ( email )
Atlanta, GA 30332
United States
Lyn M. Gaudet
Arizona State University (ASU) - Center for Law, Science, and Innovation ( email )
Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
Orde F. Kittrie
Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )
Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
Patrick Lin
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo ( email )
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
United States
HOME PAGE: http://ethics.calpoly.edu
George R. Lucas
United States Naval Academy ( email )
121 Blake Road
Annapolis, MD 21402
United States
Richard O'Meara
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
Jared Silberman
College of William and Mary ( email )
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23185
United States
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