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Africa’s role in regulating autonomous weapons systems

September 23, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+2

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS), in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), will host a Zoom webinar with a panel of speakers on Thursday 23 September. See flyer here.

Panelists will discuss weapons systems that select and engage targets without meaningful human control are unacceptable and need to be prevented. All countries have a duty to protect humanity from this dangerous development by banning Autonomous Weapons Systems (AWS). They will discuss the important conversations already underway in how to shape the development of this technology and where to draw the line in the use of lethal autonomy.

Allowing the development of AWS would have far-reaching repercussions for the continent. African states must therefore urgently work together to launch negotiations on a legally binding treaty prohibiting the development and deployment of these weapons.

Chair: Prof Christof Heyns, Director, Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa,
University of Pretoria


  • Gugu Dube, Researcher, Complex Threats in Africa, ISS Pretoria
  • Maya Brehm, Legal Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Mary Wareham, Arms Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch and Coordinator, Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
  • Oluwole Akinsanya, Nigeria Air Commodore (rtd)


September 23, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+2
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Institute for Security Studies
International Committee for the Red Cross