The Implications of Emerging Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems for International Peace and Security

Bode, Ingvild and Huelss, Hendrik (2017) The Implications of Emerging Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems for International Peace and Security. Conflict Analysis Research Centre, University of Kent. (Unpublished) (Full text available)

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Abstract

This policy brief speaks to the military effects of lethal autonomous weapons systems raised in the GGE chairperson’s food-for-thought paper (CCW/GGE1/2017/WP1). In particular, it addresses the following questions: Could the potential deployment of LAWS lower the threshold of use of force? Could it enhance asymmetric deployment of force or covert use of force? The brief provides answers to these questions in two steps. First, it argues that international legal regulations governing the use of force, centred around the general prohibition of the use-of force, have played a significant role in maintaining international peace and security in the UN-Charter era. This role is based both on states’ shared sense of being bound by these rules and the certainty of expectations they thus provide. Second, the development of LAWS threatens this certainty of expectations because they are likely to introduce more “grey areas” in how states interpret international law.

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled keywords: lethal autonomous weapons systems, use of force, international peace and security, international law
Subjects: J Political Science > JX International law
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Conflict Analysis Research Centre
Depositing User: Ingvild Bode
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2017 15:54 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2017 12:12 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/64224 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Bode, Ingvild: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2815-4533
Huelss, Hendrik: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3092-3557
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