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2016 Meeting of Experts on LAWS

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The third CCW Meeting of Experts on LAWS took place from 11 to 15 April 2016 in Geneva. The Meeting was chaired by Ambassador Michael Biontino of Germany.

The 2015 CCW Meeting of States Parties agreed to the following mandate for the Meeting of Experts:

"The Meeting decided to convene an informal meeting of experts of up to five days during the week of 11 to 15 April 2016 to discuss further the questions related to emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS), in the context of the objectives and purposes of the Convention. The Chairperson of the meeting of experts will submit a report in his personal capacity to the 2016 Fifth Review Conference of High Contracting Parties to the Convention. The meeting of experts may agree by consensus on recommendations for further work for consideration by the 2016 Fifth Review Conference."

An advanced version of the Report of the Informal Meeting of Experts on LAWS under the Chair's personal responsibility is now available.

An advanced version of the recommendations for further work on LAWS to be considered by the 2016 Review Conference, as agreed on by consensus at the Meeting of Experts, is now available.

A short film on this year's LAWS Meetings of Experts by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots here.

Attached is the list of experts, who made presentations during the Meeting of Experts.


Working Papers


On 17 March 2016, Ambassador Biontion sent a letter with the attached "food-for-thought"-paper in preparation for the 2016 Meeting of Experts.

Statements and presentations


Opening StatementText
GENERAL EXCHANGE
JapanText
SwitzerlandText
Sri LankaText
FranceText
PakistanText
MoroccoText
Poland Text
SwedenText
Holy SeeText
GermanyText
United States of AmericaText
AlgeriaText
Costa RicaText
IndiaText
South AfricaText
AustraliaText
CanadaText
The NetherlandsText
IrelandText
Russian FederationText
United KingdomText
ItalyText
AustriaText
Republic of KoreaText
MexicoText
ZambiaText
FinlandText
New ZealandText
ChinaText
CubaText
Sierra LeoneText
TurkeyText
New ZealandText
ChinaText
CubaText
TurkeyText
SpainText
Ecuador Text
IsraelText
UNIDIRText
ICRCText
Association of Aid and Relief Japan Text
Article 36Text
Human Rights WatchText
ICRACText
Mines Action CanadaText
PAXText
WILPFText
Centre for a New American SecurityText
Nobel Women's InitiativeText
MAPPING AUTONOMY
Vincent Boulanin
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Sweden
Presentation
Heather M. Roff
Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford UK & Global Security Initiative, Arizona State University USA
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Mark Hopflinger
Armasuisse, Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection & Sport, Switzerland
Presentation
David Shim
Intelligent UAV National Defence Laborataory (ADD), Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, KAIST University, Republic of Korea
Presentation
Leon Kester
Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, The Netherlands
Presentation
Note
Didier Danet
Saint Cyr Coetquidan, France
Presentation
Note
TOWARDS A WORKING DEFINITION OF LAWS
Gro Nystuen
Center on International Humanitarian Law, International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI), Oslo, Norway
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Chris Jenks
SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas, USA
Presentation
Note
Lucy Suchman
Lancaster University & international Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)
Presentation
Note
Wendell Wallach
Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, USA
Note
Anja Dahlmann
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) - German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Germany
Presentation
Richard Moyes
Article 36
Presentation
Note
Merel Ekelhof
VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Presentation
Note
Dan Saxon
Leiden University College, The Hague, Netherlands
Presentation
FranceStatement
GermanyStatement
IrelandStatement
ItalyStatement
PolandStatement
SwitzerlandStatement
United KingdomStatement
ICRCStatement
ILPIStatement
CHALLENGES TO INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW
Gilles Giacca
Arms Unit, Legal Division, ICRC
Presentation
Note
Lt. Col. Christopher M. Ford
Stockton Center for the Study of International Law
Presentation
Note
Kimberly Trapp
Faculty of Laws, University College London, UK
Presentation
Note
Neha Jain
University of Minnesota, USA
Presentation
Note
Robin Geiss
University of Glasgow, UK
Note
Cecilie Hellestveit
International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI), Oslo, Norway
Presentation
Roberta Arnold
former legal adviser on the Laws of Armed Conflict, Federal Attorney General's Office
Presentation
Martin Hagstrom
Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), Sweden
Presentation
BelgiumPresentation
GermanyStatement
FranceStatement
IsraelStatement
NorwayStatement
United KingdomStatement
ZambiaStatement
PolandStatement
NetherlandsStatement
SwitzerlandStatement
SwedenStatement
Human Rights WatchStatement
Mines Action CanadaStatement
Stefan SohmStatement
HUMAN RIGHTS AND ETHICAL ISSUES
Christof Heyns
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Note
Eliav Lieblich
Radzyner Law School, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel
Presentation
Note
Daniele Bourcier
Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches de Science Administrative (CERSA), France
Presentation
Pablo Kalmanovitz
Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
Presentation
Note
Costa RicaStatement
PolandStatement
ChileStatement
Amnesty InternationalStatement
SECURITY ISSUES
Jayantha Dhanapala
President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
Note
Vadim Kozyulin
PIR Center, Russia
Presentation
Denise Garcia
Department of Political Science and the International Affairs program, Northeastern University, Boston, USA
Presentation
Note
Eneken Tikk-Ringas
International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)
Presentation
Jai Galliott
University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Presentation
Katrine Norgaard
Institute of Leadership and Organization, Royal Danish Defence College
Note
Collin S. L. Koh
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Presentation
Note
John Borrie
UNIDIR & Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House)
Presentation
Note
ICRACStatement
CONCLUDING SESSION
Media coverage on LAWS

Firstpost (India) This isn't a sci-fi film: Autonomous Weapons Systems could be a reality soon, 18/4/16

Firspost (India) 'Machines can't make life & death decisions': Nobel laureate Jody Williams on new-age weapons 18/4/16

Harvard Law Today (USA) Human Rights Clinic report calls for meaningful human control of weapons systems 18/4/16

The Conversation (UK) World split on how to regulate ‘killer robots 18/4/16

CBC (Canada) Should Canada join the call for a ban on 'killer' robots? 16/4/16

Reason (USA online magazine) Killer Robots: Protectors of Human Rights? 15/4/16

Vice News Humans Can't Escape Killer Robots, but Humans Can Be Held Accountable for Them 15/4/16

Memeburn (online) Autonomous weapons a real concern says ‘Campaign to Stop Killer Robots’ 14/4/16

Inverse (online) U.N. Gathers Experts to Discuss LAWS and Our Potential Autonomous Robot Demise 14/4/16

ABC (Australia) Should we stop worrying and learn to love the killer robot? 14/4/16

Independent Ireland (Ireland) When drones kill - the growing threat of intelligent weapons 14/4/16

Digital Spy (UK) Could 'killer robots' be about to be given the green light? 13/4/16

The Times of India (India) Don't give robots the licence to kill, experts tell UN 13/4/16

Daily News (Sri Lanka) Lethal Autonomous Weapons will undermine regional and global stability: Aryasinha 13/4/16

Gizmodo (Australia) An Australian Professor Is Talking At The UN About A Ban On Killer Robots 13/4/16

Arizona State University (USA) Are we entering an age of killer robots? 13/4/16

The Conversation (UK) Australia should take a stand against ‘killer robots’ 13/4/16

Human Rights Watch (USA) Statement by Human Rights Watch to the Convention on Conventional Weapons Experts Meeting on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, Geneva 13/4/16

ICRC Autonomous weapon systems: Is it morally acceptable for a machine to make life and death decisions? 13/4/16

Wired.co.uk (UK) Autonomous killing robots should be 'prohibited', experts say 12/4/16

Mail Online (UK) 'Terminator style' KILLER robots are coming: Australian delegation warns the UN they are closer 'than many of us imagined' 12 April 2016

Colombo Gazette (Sri Lanka) Sri Lanka warns lethal autonomous weapons threat to global stability” 12/4/16

Brisbanetimes.com.au (Australia) Killer robots closer to reality than we think, Australia tells United Nations 12/4/16

Techradar.com (UK) Legality of 'killer robots' will be debated this week 12/4/16

Jurist (USA) HRW: fully autonomous weapons must be internationally prohibited 11/4/16

Popular Science (online) The International Community is about to Debate Killer Robots 11/4/16