A Meaningful Floor for 'Meaningful Human Control'

10 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2015 Last revised: 22 Dec 2016

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Rebecca Crootof

Yale University - Yale Information Society Project; Yale University - Law School

Date Written: December 18, 2015


The broad support for “meaningful human control” of autonomous weapon systems comes at a familiar legislative cost: there is no consensus as to what this principle requires. This paper describes attempts to define the concept; discusses benefits of retaining imprecision in a standard intended to regulate new technology through international consensus; and argues for an interpretative “floor” grounded on existing humanitarian protections.

Keywords: autonomous weapon systems, meaningful human control, international humanitarian law

Suggested Citation

Crootof, Rebecca, A Meaningful Floor for 'Meaningful Human Control' (December 18, 2015). Temple International & Comparative Law Journal, Vol. 30, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2705560

Rebecca Crootof (Contact Author)

Yale University - Yale Information Society Project ( email )

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Yale University - Law School ( email )

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