The CCW Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) will take place from 13 to 16 May 2014 at the United Nations in Geneva.
At the 2013 CCW Meeting of High Contracting Parties, a new mandate on lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) was agreed on. The mandate states:
“…Chairperson will convene in 2014 a four-day informal Meeting of Experts, from 13 to 16 May 2014, to discuss the questions related to emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems, in the context of the objectives and purposes of the Convention. He will, under his own responsibility, submit a report to the 2014 Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention, objectively reflecting the discussions held.”
The Meeting of Experts will be chaired by Ambassador Jean-Hugues Simon- Michel of France. The formal letter of invitation to the Meeting of Experts on LAWS is available in both English and French.
The Provisional Agenda for the Meeting of Experts is now available.
Guidance on registering for the Meeting of Experts is attached here.
Meeting of Experts – Debate on the pros and cons of lethal autonomous weapons systems, Tuesday 13 May, afternoon session, Conference Room XIX
Arkin, Ronald – Lethal Autonomous Systems and the Plight of the Non-combatant
Sharkey, Noel – The evitability of autonomous robots warfare Sharkey, Noel – Towards a principle for the human supervisory control of robot weapons