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2018 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 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 in 2018 took place from 9 to 13 April. The second meeting will be held from 27 to 31 August 2018. The meeting will take place in Conference Room XVIII on 27 August and in Room XX from 28 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.

Documents

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

Emerging Commonalities, Conclusions and Recommendations (including Possible Guiding Principles) - Unformatted advance version

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@un.org


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Second meeting of the GGE on LAWS (27 - 31 August 2018)

Agenda item 6a

States
Pakistan
Chile
Canada
Brazil
Japan
China
Spain
Holy See
Finland
Republic of Korea
India
Slovenia
Estonia
Austria
Bulgaria
United States
France
Netherlands
Switzerland
European Union (Statement 1 and 2)
United Kingdom
Russian Federation
Ireland

NGOs and Other Agencies
ICRC
University of North Carolina

Agenda item 6b

Costa Rica
Republic of Korea
Germany
China
New Zealand
Argentina
France
India
Belgium
Netherlands
United Kingdom
European Union
Japan
Ireland
United States
Switzerland
Russian Federation
Norway
Pakistan
United States
Austria
Chile
Brazil
Estonia
Mexico
India
Bulgaria
Australia
Sri Lanka
Africa Group


NGOs and Other Agencies
Birmingham City University
University of North Carolina
ICRAC
ICRC
University of New South Wales

Agenda item 6d

NAM
Argentina
Germany - France (joint statement)
Russian Federation
China
Cuba
Panama
India
European Union
Belgium
Spain
Israel
Brazil
Colombia
Netherlands
United States
Chile
Republic of Korea
Peru
Costa Rica
Pakistan
New Zealand
Sweden
United Kingdom
Austria
Norway
Switzerland
Finland
Mexico
Japan
Estonia
South Africa
Australia
Ireland
Poland
Germany
Iraq
Ecuador
Cuba

NGOs and Other Agencies
ICRC
Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
Amnesty International
Human Rights Watch
ICRAC
Mines Action Canada
PAX
Protection
WILPF
University of North Carolina
SEHLAC
Future of Life Institute
Nobel Women's Initiative
Center for Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence
University Pablo De Olavide, Seville
University Pablo De Olavide, English Version
Center For International Security and Policy

First meeting of the GGE on LAWS (9 - 13 April 2018)

General debate

States
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
Costa Rica
Cuba
Egypt
Estonia
Finland
France and Germany
Greece
Holy See
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Latvia
Luxembourg
Mexico
Netherlands
Pakistan
Palestine
Panama
Republic of Korea
Russian Federation
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sweden
Switzerland (EN/FR)
Turkey
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America
African Group
European Union
Non- Aligned Movement (NAM)

NGOs and Other Agencies
Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
International Committee for Robot Arms Control
ICRC
Human Rights Watch
Mines Action Canada
PAX
UNIDIR

Agenda item 6a

States
Austria
Brazil: Statement 1 - Statement 2
Belgium
Bulgaria
China
Costa Rica
Cuba
Egypt
Estonia
Finland
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
France
Germany
Israel
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Kazakhstan
Netherlands
Pakistan
Panama
Russian Federation
Sierra Leone
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America

NGOs and Other Agencies
International Committee for Robot Arms Control
ICRC
Mines Action Canada

Agenda item 6b

States
Argentina
Austria
Benin
Bulgaria
Brazil
Chile
China
Costa Rica
Egypt
Estonia
France
Germany
Ireland
Israel
Japan
Kazakhstan
Netherlands
New Zealand
Pakistan
Panama
Poland
Russian Federation
Sierra Leone
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America

NGOs and Other Agencies
Article 36
Human Rights Watch
ICRAC
ICRC: Statement 1 - Statement 2
IPRAW
Protection

Agenda item 6c

States
China
Cuba
Egypt
Finland
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Germany
Japan
Netherlands
Panama
Sierra Leone
Sweden
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

NGOs and Other Agencies


Agenda item 6d

States
Argentina
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cuba
Djibouti
Egypt
France
Germany
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Jordan
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Pakistan
Panama
Peru
Sierra Leone
South Africa
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America
Venezuela

NGOs and Other Agencies
ICRC
Protection
Universidad Pablo de Olavide de Sevilla - English 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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