LAWS and Lawyers: Lethal Autonomous Weapons Bring LOAC Issues to the Design Table, and Judge Advocates Need to be There

228 Mil. L. Rev. 89 (2020)

43 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2020

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Annemarie Vazquez

The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center & School

Date Written: March 1, 2020

Abstract

This article discusses how risks normally associated with battlefield considerations of the Law of Armed Conflict must be considered and addressed during the design of autonomous platforms' underlying algorithms, how the current acquisition system inadequately controls for this, and what changes need to be made to ensure fully autonomous weapon systems actually do have "appropriate levels of human judgement" once deployed. The views expressed here are the author's personal views and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Defense, United States Army, The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, or any other department or agency of the United States Government.

Keywords: AWS, LAWS, autonomous weapons,3000.09, human judgment,acquisition, rapid acquisition, emerging technology, AI, artificial intelligence, weapon system, weapon review

Suggested Citation

Vazquez, Annemarie, LAWS and Lawyers: Lethal Autonomous Weapons Bring LOAC Issues to the Design Table, and Judge Advocates Need to be There (March 1, 2020). 228 Mil. L. Rev. 89 (2020), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3663443

Annemarie Vazquez (Contact Author)

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