Challenges in Regulating Lethal Autonomous Weapons Under International Law
28 Southwestern Journal of International Law 101-118 (2020).
18 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2021
Date Written: December 1, 2020
Since 2017, the United Nations (UN) has regularly convened a group of government experts (GGE) to explore the technical, legal, and ethical issues surrounding the deployment of lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS). To date, these efforts have failed. This paper outlines the challenges states face in creating international regulatory schemes for LAWS. These challenges arise from several sources: difficulty in defining concepts related to LAWS, disagreements over potential substantive restrictions, and the specific nature of the weapons systems themselves, which may influence states’ willingness to be bound by international law.
Keywords: international law, law of armed conflict, lethal autonomous weapons, united nations, artificial intelligence, LAWS, Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons
JEL Classification: K100, K33
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