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Is existing law adequate to govern autonomous weapon systems

Is existing law adequate to govern autonomous weapon systems
Is existing law adequate to govern autonomous weapon systems
The United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on lethal autonomous weapon systems has emphasised that all weapon systems must be developed and used in compliance with international law. However, the fundamental question is whether existing international law is adequate to govern autonomy in weapon systems. The position in this paper is that in as far as the governance of autonomy in weapon systemsis concerned, there is a lacuna or gap in existing international law. The challenges that are raised by autonomous weapon systems go beyond questions of compatibility with existing international law to include critical questions relating to ethics, morality and fundamental values that are critical to humanity.
244-251
CEUR
Chengeta, Thompson
295753c7-6746-4291-bbbf-3a109ae6f281
Davel, Marelie
Barnard, Etienne
Chengeta, Thompson
295753c7-6746-4291-bbbf-3a109ae6f281
Davel, Marelie
Barnard, Etienne

Chengeta, Thompson (2020) Is existing law adequate to govern autonomous weapon systems. Davel, Marelie and Barnard, Etienne (eds.) In FAIR 2019 South African Forum for Artificial Intelligence Research. vol. 2540, CEUR. pp. 244-251 .

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The United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on lethal autonomous weapon systems has emphasised that all weapon systems must be developed and used in compliance with international law. However, the fundamental question is whether existing international law is adequate to govern autonomy in weapon systems. The position in this paper is that in as far as the governance of autonomy in weapon systemsis concerned, there is a lacuna or gap in existing international law. The challenges that are raised by autonomous weapon systems go beyond questions of compatibility with existing international law to include critical questions relating to ethics, morality and fundamental values that are critical to humanity.

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Published date: 2020

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Local EPrints ID: 438456
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/438456
PURE UUID: f16314b4-e027-4d1f-88e3-6615b3c39666
ORCID for Thompson Chengeta: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8098-1993

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Date deposited: 10 Mar 2020 17:32
Last modified: 12 Dec 2021 09:00

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Editor: Marelie Davel
Editor: Etienne Barnard

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