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How Would Future Autonomous Weapon Systems Challenge Current Governance Norms?

Ben Koppelman
RUSI Journal, 29 November 2019
Law and Ethics, Technology
The development of autonomous weapon systems needs to take into account compliance with international humanitarian law.

Autonomy has become a military priority both for R&D and active deployment. However, there are concerns that future autonomous weapon systems might not be safely controlled. Ben Koppelman explains these concerns by exploring how future systems would challenge fundamental norms that govern current systems, especially the need to facilitate compliance with international humanitarian law. The article also considers how to tackle these challenges if these future systems are to be deployed safely.

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