Faculty Journal Articles and Book Chapters


This article briefly describes why the State parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons rejected human rights groups’ call for a ban on so called “killer robots.” This article contends that the international community resoundingly rejected this argument at the first ever experts meeting on lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS) because it ignores the wide range and longstanding use of LAWS and presupposes their future development while failing to acknowledge even the possibility that LAWS may facilitate greater protection of both military and civilians.

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Small Wars Journal

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killer robots, lethal autonomous weapons, LAWs, Kellog-Briand, robot, ban, Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, CCW, Phalanx, Boomerang



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