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2019 Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)

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In 2016, the Fifth Review Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) established an open-ended Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS). The GEE held its first meeting from 13 to 17 November 2017 in Geneva.

At their 2018 Meeting, the High Contracting Parties to the CCW agreed that the GGE on LAWS shall meet again in 2019 for a duration of seven days in Geneva. The first session of the GGE on LAWS in 2019 will take place from 25 to 29 March. The second session is scheduled for 20 to 21 August 2019. The meeting from 25 to 29 March 2019 will take place in Conference Room XVIII.

The High Contracting Parties to the CCW also agreed at their 2018 Meeting that the Group will be chaired by Mr. Ljupčo Jivan Gjorgjinski, Minister Counsellor, Chargé d’affaires a.i. of North Macedonia.


Documents

Report of the 2018 session of the Group of Governmental Experts on emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems

CCW/GGE.1/2019/1 - Provisional agenda submitted by the Chairperson - Advance version

Chairperson's letter on the Provisional Agenda

CCW/GGE.1/2019/2 - Provisional Programme of Work submitted by the Chairperson (Advance version)

Chairperson's letter on the Provisional Programme of Work

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Working Papers for the first meeting of the GGE on LAWS (25 - 29 March 2019)

Working Papers for the first meeting of the GGE on LAWS need to be submitted to the CCW mailbox (ccw@un.org) in Word format (PDF files can't be processed) for processing, formatting and uploading to the website by 8 March 2019. Working Papers are not translated. It is recommended that courtesy translations in English are submitted at the same time as the original version.

CCW/GGE.1/2019/WP.1 - Potential opportunities and limitations of military uses of lethal autonomous weapons systems. Submitted by the Russian Federation. (Courtesy translation in English on page 4)

CCW/GGE.1/2019/WP.2 - Australia's System of Control and Applications for Autonomous Weapon Systems. Submitted by Australia. The Working Paper is submitted alongside Australia's 2018 Working Paper.

CCW/GGE.1/2019/WP.3 - Possible outcome of 2019 GGE and future actions of international community on LAWS. Submitted by Japan

CCW/GGE.1/2019/WP.4 - Food for Thought Paper. Submitted by Belgium, Ireland and Luxembourg - Advance version

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Who can participate in a CCW GGE? The CCW GGE on LAWS is not the same as a GGE established under the General Assembly. The GGE on LAWS is open to all High Contracting Parties and States non-parties (which may participate as observers) of the CCW, international organizations and non-governmental organizations, as per the CCW Rules of Procedure.


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