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2018 Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)


In 2016, the Fifth Review Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) established a 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 2017 Meeting, the High Contracting Parties to the CCW agreed that the GGE on LAWS shall meet again in 2018 for a duration of ten days in Geneva. The first meeting of the GGE on LAWS will take place from 9 to 13 April. The second meeting is foreseen for 27 to 31 August 2018. Ambassador Amandeep Singh Gill of India is the chair of both meetings of the GGE on LAWS.

The final report of the 2017 meeting of the GGE on LAWS, particularly the "Conclusions and Recommendations" section, provides guidance and direction for the work of the GGE to be undertaken in 2018.

The overarching issues in the area of LAWS that will be addressed in the 2018 meetings of the GGE include:

  1. 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 CCW;
  2. 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;
  3. Review of potential military applications of related technologies in the context of the Group’s work;
  4. 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.


Chair's summary of the discussion on agenda items 6 a, b, c and d, 9-13 April 2018

List of Participants + List of Participants Addendum

Provisional Agenda

Provisional Programme of Work

Letter from the Chairperson of the Group of Governmental Experts related to emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS), dated 10 January 2018

The Chair of the CCW GGE on LAWS would like to invite ALL non-governmental actors to contribute reflections, ideas, insights and experiences to enrich the April and August deliberations of governmental experts. Please refer to the newly released programme and agenda to frame your contribution(s).

You may submit contributions to ccw@unog.ch


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This informal indicative schedule provides an overview of the scheduled working sessions and planned side events.

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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CCW/GGE.1/2018/WP.1 - Non-Aligned Movement and Other States Parties to the CCW

CCW/GGE.1/2018/WP.2 - Argentina (courtesy translation in English)

CCW/GGE.1/2018/WP.3 - Poland

CCW/GGE.1/2018/WP.4 - United States of America

CCW/GGE.1/2018/WP.5 - International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

CCW/GGE.1/2018/WP.6 - Russian Federation (courtesy translation in English)

CCW/GGE.1/2018/WP.7 - China

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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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