June 9, 2014
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, ...[read more]
May 18, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The first multilateral meeting on lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) concluded on Friday at the UN headquarters in Geneva. The main objectives of the meeting, attended and sponsored by signatories of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), were to discuss key issues ...[read more]
May 13, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report 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 Human ...[read more]
May 30, 2013
by Endia Vereen
Then UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns on Thursday urged the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to impose a moratorium on lethal autonomous robotics (LAR's), also known as "killer robots." A key concern to Heyns is whether future weapons systems ...[read more]
November 21, 2012
by Jerry Votava
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday issued a report 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 they have yet to be used in a ...[read more]

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