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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 part of the session of the GGE on LAWS in 2019 took place from 25 to 29 March. The second part of the session will take place from 20 to 21 August 2019.

As decided by the High Contracting Parties to the CCW at their 2018 Meeting, the Group is chaired by Mr. Ljupčo Jivan Gjorgjinski, Minister Counsellor, Chargé d’affaires a.i. of North Macedonia.



Documents

CCW/GGE.1/2019/3 - Report of the 2019 session of the Group of Governmental Experts on emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems

CCW/GGE.1/2019/3/Corr.1 - Corrigendum

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

Chairperson's letter on the Provisional Agenda

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

Chairperson's letter on the Provisional Programme of Work

List of Participants

Agenda, as adopted

Programme of work, as adopted

CCW/GGE.1/2019/3/Add.1 - Chair's summary

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Second session of the GGE on LAWS (20 - 21 August 2019)

Information for participants, including registration and accreditation, issuance of security badges, getting to and from the meeting, documentation, as well as other practical information can be found in the Aide-Mémoire.


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- ICT4 Peace Foundation, Regina Surber, Scientific Advisor - Artificial Intelligence: Autonomous Technology (AT), Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) and Peace Time Threats

- ICT4 Peace Foundation - Digital Human Security 2020

- EXEDEC International, Caitríona Heinl - Maturing Autonomous Cyber Weapons Systems: Implications for International Security Cyber and Autonomous Weapons Systems Regimes

- The Canberra Working Group - Guiding Principles for the Development and Use of LAWS Version 1.0




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First session of the GGE on LAWS (25 to 29 March 2019)

5a) An exploration of the potential challenges posed by emerging technologies in the area of LAWS to International Humanitarian Law

Austria

Brazil

European Union

Greece

Human Rights Watch

ICRC

India

IPRAW

Netherlands

Poland

United Kingdom

5b) Characterization of the systems under consideration in order to promote a common understanding on concepts and characteristics relevant to the objectives and purposes of the Convention

European Union

Germany

Greece

ICRC

India

Ireland

Netherlands

United Kingdom

5c) Further consideration of the human element in the use of lethal force; aspects of human-machine interaction in the development, deployment and use of emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems

Brazil

European Union

Germany

ICRC

India

IPRAW

Israel

Netherlands

Poland

United Kingdom

5d) Review of potential military applications of related technologies in the context of the Group's work

Austria

Brazil

European Union

Germany

India

Netherlands

Poland

Portugal

United Kingdom



5e) Possible options for addressing the humanitarian and international security challenges posed by emerging technologies in the area of LAWS in the context of the objectives and purposes of the Convention without prejudging policy outcomes and taking into account past, present and future proposals

Austria

Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

Brazil

European Union

Germany

Human Rights Watch

ICRC

India

Israel

Netherlands

Poland

United Kingdom

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Cameroon



Second session of the GGE on LAWS (20 to 21 August 2019)

Statement by the European Union

Kindly note that audio recordings of the session are available in the Digital Recordings Portal.





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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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