Mélange du Mercredi: Autonomous Weapon Systems and Ethics

Mélange du Mercredi: Autonomous Weapon Systems and Ethics

Welcome to Mélange du Mercredi (Wednesday Mix). Each week, we highlight one of the latest and greatest in reading, film and other scholarly resources, focusing on a variety of issues pertaining to international humanitarian law. Recently ICRC's Humanitarian Law & Policy Blog begin a mini-series on autonomous weapon systems and ethics. In August of 2017, the ICRC convened a small group of independent experts to discuss this subject. Held under the Chatham House Rule, the aim of the discussion was to take stock of the main ethical issues raised by autonomous weapon systems and to consider the ethical underpinnings of any requirement for human control over weapon systems and the use of force in armed conflict. A blog series will follow, the intro is here. 

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Mélange du Mercredi: Tackling Weapon Contamination

Mélange du Mercredi: Tackling Weapon Contamination

Welcome to Mélange du Mercredi (Wednesday Mix). Each week, we highlight one of the latest and greatest in reading, film and other scholarly resources, focusing on a variety of issues pertaining to international humanitarian law. As always, if you have suggestions, or would like to submit a post on something you feel our readers will also enjoy, we're happy to include them. Just email Editor Niki Clark

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Autonomous Legal Reasoning? Legal and Ethical Issues in the Technologies of Conflict

Autonomous Legal Reasoning? Legal and Ethical Issues in the Technologies of Conflict

On October 23, 2015, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Temple University School of Law held an invitation-only, one day workshop to discuss how the development of autonomous systems impacts questions of international humanitarian law (IHL).  Militaries have emerged with new technologies in recent years, including cyber operations, remotely piloted vehicles, automated defensive weapons, as well as the potential future development of fully autonomous lethal weapons. All these technologies share similar characteristics, most importantly their ability to operate in the absence of direct human control.  This workshop sought to engender a cross-cutting dialogue by bringing together experts with different backgrounds.  

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Guest Post- A Better Way to Protect Civilians and Combatants than Weapons Bans: Strict Adherence to the Core Principles of the Law of War

Guest Post- A Better Way to Protect Civilians and Combatants than Weapons Bans: Strict Adherence to the Core Principles of the Law of War

This is the third installment in a  recent series between the ICRC and Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap (Ret.), that raise interesting questions concerning the utility of banning specific types of weapons.  

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