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
Date Written: 2008
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
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