A Kellog-Briand Pact for the 21st Century

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Chris Jenks

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Date Written: June 9, 2014

Abstract

This article briefly describes why the State parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons rejected human rights groups’ call for a ban on so called “killer robots.” This article contends that the international community resoundingly rejected this argument at the first ever experts meeting on lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS) because it ignores the wide range and longstanding use of LAWS and presupposes their future development while failing to acknowledge even the possibility that LAWS may facilitate greater protection of both military and civilians.

Keywords: killer robots, lethal autonomous weapons, LAWs, Kellog-Briand, robot, ban, Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, CCW, Phalanx, Boomerang

Suggested Citation

Jenks, Chris, A Kellog-Briand Pact for the 21st Century (June 9, 2014). Small Wars Journal, 2014; SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 155. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2546487

Chris Jenks (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 750116
Dallas, TX 75275
United States

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