Proportionality and Autonomous Weapons Systems

Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies, 2015, issue 2, Forthcoming

Amsterdam Center for International Law No. 2016-07

Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2016-17

38 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2016  

Jeroen van den Boogaard

Amsterdam Center for International Law

Date Written: March 17, 2016

Abstract

This article assesses the question whether the IHL proportionality rule would preclude the lawfulness of autonomous weapons systems. It analyses aspects of the proportionality rule that would militate against the use of autonomous weapons systems and aspects that would appear to benefit the protection of the civilian population if such weapons systems were used.

Keywords: International humanitarian law, weapons, conduct of hostilities, proportionality, autonomous weapons systems, robots

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

van den Boogaard, Jeroen, Proportionality and Autonomous Weapons Systems (March 17, 2016). Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies, 2015, issue 2, Forthcoming; Amsterdam Center for International Law No. 2016-07; Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2016-17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2748997

Jeroen van den Boogaard (Contact Author)

Amsterdam Center for International Law ( email )

P.O. Box 1030
Amsterdam, 1000 BA
Netherlands

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