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Autonomous Weapon Systems and International Humanitarian Law: A Reply to the Critics

Harvard National Security Journal Feature (2013)

37 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2012 Last revised: 9 Feb 2013

Michael N. Schmitt

Naval War College - Stockton Center for the Study of International Law; University of Exeter Law School; Lieber Institute, USMA at West Point

Date Written: December 4, 2012

Abstract

Examines the international humanitarian law implications of autonomous weapon systems. Responds to criticism, such as Human Rights Watch's Losing Humanity report.

Keywords: international humanitarian law, law of armed conflict, robots, autonomous

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Schmitt, Michael N., Autonomous Weapon Systems and International Humanitarian Law: A Reply to the Critics (December 4, 2012). Harvard National Security Journal Feature (2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2184826 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2184826

Michael N. Schmitt (Contact Author)

Naval War College - Stockton Center for the Study of International Law ( email )

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Newport, RI 02841
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.usnwc.edu/Academics/Faculty/Michael-Schmitt.aspx

University of Exeter Law School ( email )

Exeter, EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/law/staff/mschmitt/

Lieber Institute, USMA at West Point ( email )

600 Thayer Rd
West Point, NY 10996
United States

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