The Laws of Man Over Vehicles Unmanned: The Legal Response to Robotic Revolution on Sea, Land and Air

Journal of Law, Information and Science, Vol. 19, p. 73, 2008

73 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2011

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Brendan Gogarty

University of Tasmania, Faculty of Law

Meredith C. Hagger

University of Tasmania - School of Law

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

Unmanned vehicles (UVs) have rapidly gained prominence in both military and civilian spheres over the last decade. This paper argues that the use of such technology challenges the boundaries and efficacy of existing legal frameworks and raises a range of social and ethical concerns. Despite this, there has been relatively little legal debate on the consequences of removing human operators from vehicles. This is a growing concern, given that unmanned vehicles are now a practical reality in many diverse environments across the globe. This article therefore provides an overview of some of the legal, social and ethical issues presented by unmanned vehicles as a précis to further discussion in a special edition of this journal.

Keywords: law, IHL, tort, criminal, unmanned, drone, UV, UAV, UGV, UUV,legal, social, ethical

Suggested Citation

Gogarty, Brendan and Hagger, Meredith C., The Laws of Man Over Vehicles Unmanned: The Legal Response to Robotic Revolution on Sea, Land and Air (2008). Journal of Law, Information and Science, Vol. 19, p. 73, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1796486

Brendan Gogarty (Contact Author)

University of Tasmania, Faculty of Law ( email )

Private Bag 89
Hobart
Tasmania, 7001
Australia

Meredith C. Hagger

University of Tasmania - School of Law ( email )

Australia

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