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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.



Official Documents:

Annotated Programme of Work
(CCW/MSP/2015/WP.1/Rev.1)
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Food-for-thought for the informal meeting of experts on LAWS
(CCW/MSP/2015/WP.2)
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General exchangeText
European UnionText
DenmarkText
SwitzerlandText
FranceText
PakistanText
Sri LankaText
CroatiaText
Poland Text
EcuadorText
ChileText
United States of AmericaText
South AfricaText
AustriaText
ItalyText
Republic of KoreaText
Spain
Czech RepublicText
SwedenText
Canada
IrelandText
Argentina Text
IsraelText
CubaText
Sierra LeoneText
Brazil
China
GermanyText
Netherlands
Mexico
TurkeyText
United KingdomText
JapanText
Palestine
UNIDIRText
UNICRIText
ICRCText
Article 36Text
Human Rights WatchText
International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC)Text
Mine Action Canada Text
PAXText
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)Text
Technical Issues (Part 1)
Dr Stuart RussellPresentation
Professor Andrea Omicini Presentation
Dr Paul Scharre
Technical Issues (Part 2)
Ms Elizabeth Quintana Presentation
Professor Heather Roff Presentation
Dr Darren Ansell Presentation
Colonel Wolfgang RichterPresentation
Professor Frédéric Vanderhaegen Presentation
Characteristics of LAWS (Part 1)
Ms Maya Brehm Presentation
Dr Neil DavisonPresentation
Dr Marcel Dickow Presentation
Professor Nehal BhutaPresentation
Characteristics of LAWS (Part 2)
Professor Pekka Appelqvist Presentation
Professor Giovanni Sartor Presentation
Mr Jason MillarPresentation
Dr Caitríona McLeishPresentation
Dr Sybille Bauer
IsraelText
IrelandText
CubaText
Possible challenges to IHL
Dr William BoothbyPresentation
Statement
Ms Kathleen Lawand
Professor Eric Talbot JensenPresentation
Statement
SwitzerlandText
PolandText
UKText
GermanyText
GreeceText
Amnesty InternationalText
International Committee for Robot Arms ControlText
Article 36Text
Overarching Issues (Part 1)
Professor Christof Heyns
Ms Bonnie Docherty Presentation
Professor Patrick LinStatement
Ms Karolina ZawieskaPresentation
Statement
Holy SeeText
CubaText
FranceText
GhanaText
International Committee for Robot Arms ControlText
Overarching Issues (Part 2)
Dr Monika ChansoriaPresentation
Professor Michael Horowitz Presentation
Dr Jean-Marc RickliPresentation
Way ahead
Professor Sarah Knuckey
Professor Jeroen van den Hoven Statement
Dr Ian AnthonyStatement
PolandText
FranceText
GermanyText
IndiaText
MexicoText
FinlandText

Background documents:

AUSTRIA - a working paper on The concept of "meaningful human control"
CHILE - a paper on LAWS, Human Rights and Ethics
CUBA - a position paper titled Documento Nacional de Cuba sobre Armas Letales Autónomas
JAPAN - a paper on Japan's views on issues relating to LAWS
PAKISTAN - a letter from Ambassador Zamir Akram and a paper on LAWS



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
Friend of the Chair: Sierra Leone
Experts:
Professor Stuart Russell
Professor Andrea Omicini
Mr Paul Scharre
Tuesday 14 April
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Technical Issues (Continued)
Friend of the Chair: Switzerland
Experts:
Ms Elizabeth Quintana
Professor Heather Roff
Colonel Wolfgang Richter
Professor Frédéric Vanderhaegen
Dr Darren Ansell
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Characteristics of LAWS
Friend of the Chair: Finland
Experts:
Ms Maya Brehm
Dr Marcel Dickow
Dr Neil Davison
Professor Nehal Bhuta
Wednesday 15 April
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Characteristics of LAWS (Continued)
Friend of the Chair: Republic of Korea
Experts:
Professor Pekka Appelqvist
Professor Giovanni Sartor
Mr Jason Millar
Dr Sybille Bauer
Dr Caitríona McLeish
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Possible challenges to IHL due to increasing degrees of autonomy
Friend of the Chair: Hungary
Experts:
Ms Kathleen Lawand
Professor Eric Talbot Jensen
Dr William Boothby
Thursday 16 April
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Overarching Issues
Friend of the Chair: Chile
Experts:
Professor Christof Heyns
Ms Bonnie Docherty
Ms Karolina Zawieska
Professor Patrick Lin
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Overarching Issues (Continued)
Friend of the Chair: Sri Lanka
Experts:
Dr Monika Chansoria
Professor Michael Horowitz
Dr Jean-Marc Rickli
Friday 17 April
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Way ahead
Friend of the Chair: Albania
Experts:
Professor Sarah Knuckey
Professor Jeroen van den Hoven
Dr Ian Anthony
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Concluding session


Side events from 13 to 17 April

Monday 13 April, 13:00 - 14:30, Conference Room XXIV, Time for Swift Action, Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

Tuesday 14 April, 13:00-14:30, Conference Room XXIII, Listen to the dictates of the public conscience, Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

Wednesday 15 April, 13:15-14:30, Conference Room XXIII, The importance of legal reviews of weapons, GCSP and UNODA

Thursday 16 April, 13:15- 14:30, Conference Room XXIV, Transparency and the Weaponization of Increasingly Autonomous Technologies, UNIDIR

Friday 17 April, 13:00-14:30, Conference Room XXIII, Fully autonomous weapons are not "inevitable", Campaign to Stop Killer Robots