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2015 Meeting of Experts on LAWS



The CCW Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) will take place from 13 to 17 April 2015 at the United Nations in Geneva.

Mandate

The 2014 CCW Meeting of High Contracting Parties agreed on a new mandate on LAWS, which states:

"The Meeting decided to convene under the overall responsibility of the Chairperson an informal meeting of experts of up to five days during the week of 13 to 17 April 2015 to discuss the questions related to emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems, in the context of the objectives and purposes of the Convention. The Chair of the Meeting of Experts will, under his or her own responsibility, submit a report to the 2015 Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention, objectively reflecting the discussions held." (CCW/MSP/2014/9, paragraph 36)

Chair

Ambassador Michael Biontino of Germany will chair the 2015 Meeting of Experts on LAWS.

Preparations for the 2015 informal Meeting of Experts

Attached here is an annotated Programme of Work for the 2015 Meeting of Experts. Also attached here is a Working Paper which was submitted by Germany to assist delegations with their preparations for the Meeting of Experts.

Background documents: Japan's views on issues relating to LAWS (paper submitted by Japan). A position paper submitted by Cuba is available here.

2015 MEETING OF EXPERTS ON LAWS PROGRAMME OF WORK

Monday 13 April
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
General Debate
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Technical Issues
Tuesday 14 April
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Technical Issues (Continued)
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Characteristics of LAWS
Wednesday 15 April
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Characteristics of LAWS (Continued)
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Possible challenges to IHL due to increasing degrees of autonomy
Thursday 16 April
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Overarching Issues
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Overarching Issues (Continued)
Friday 17 April
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Way ahead
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Concluding session


Registration for the Protocol V, Amended Protocol II and LAWS Meetings of Experts is now open. Attached is a letter on the registration process and the registration form. All registrations should be sent to ccw@unog.ch