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Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday released a report [text] entitled "Mind the Gap: The Lack of Accountability for Killer Robots." The report analyzes the hurdles involved in holding anyone (programmers, manufacturers, and military personnel) accountable for deaths caused by fully autonomous weapons, or "killer robots," that … [read more]

Legal News
23 Oct 2014
by Christina Alam

[JURIST] A UN rights expert said Wednesday that the increase in the use of armed drones in domestic law enforcement may violate human rights [press release]. In his report [text, PDF] to the UN General Assembly, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns [official website] raised … [read more]

Professional Commentary
9 Jun 2014
by Bonnie Docherty of Human Rights Watch
edited by Jason Kellam

JURIST Guest Columnist Bonnie Docherty of Human Rights Watch discusses fully autonomous weapons and their human rights implications... Fully autonomous weapons, which could select and fire on targets without meaningful human intervention, have the potential to revolutionize the nature of warfare, bringing greater speed and reach to military operations. In … [read more]

Legal News
18 May 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The first multilateral meeting on lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) [official website] concluded on Friday at the UN headquarters in Geneva. The main objectives of the meeting [agenda, PDF], attended and sponsored by signatories of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) [official website], were to discuss key issues … [read more]

Legal News
13 May 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] released a report [report, PDF] on Monday finding that the use of fully autonomous weapons by militaries or law enforcement would be an affront to basic human rights and should be preemptively banned by international convention. The report, entitled "Shaking the Foundations: The … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2013
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday encouraged action [press release] on behalf of UN members at the upcoming 2013 Convention for Conventional Weapons (CCW) [UN website] on November 14-15, chaired by Ambassador Jean-Hughes Simon-Michel of France. The advocacy group supports France's initiative to add fully autonomous weapons … [read more]

Legal News
30 May 2013
by Endia Vereen

[JURIST] Then UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions [official website] Christof Heyns on Thursday urged [text, PDF] the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] to impose a moratorium on lethal autonomous robotics (LAR's), also known as "killer robots." A key concern to Heyns is whether future … [read more]

Legal News
21 Nov 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday issued a report [text, PDF; press release] that describes the threat from and advocates for the ban of fully autonomous weapon systems. These weapons systems are essentially robots that would be able to operate without human direction or interaction, and while … [read more]

Student Commentary
30 Sep 2009

Andrew Morgan, Pitt Law '11, attended a lecture given by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd while in Pittsburgh for the G-20 Summit...I'll be the first to admit that I don't know an awful lot about Australian politics. When I received a press pass for a speech by Australian Prime Minister … [read more]

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