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The global coordinator of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is Mary Wareham at Human Rights Watch in Washington, DC.
She is advocacy director of the arms division and has played a central role in creating and monitoring the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty and 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions.
Prof. Peter Asaro, ICRAC,
Tel. +1 (217) 409-1004
Prof. Dr. Asaro is vice-chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC) and a philosopher of technology who has worked in artificial intelligence, neural networks, natural language processing and robot vision research. Asaro is Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York City and an affiliate scholar of the Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. Longer biography.
Prof. Noel Sharkey is Emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the University of Sheffield. He is also co-founder and chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC), a group of experts concerned with the pressing dangers that military robots pose to peace and international security. Professor Sharkey is a journal editor and has written more than 200 academic articles and books on relevant areas of robotics, psychology, computer science and machine learning. Longer biography.
Ms. Miriam Struyk, PAX,
Ms. Struyk is Director of Programmes at PAX (formerly IKV Pax Christi), a co-founder of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. PAX is a Dutch peace organization working in partnership with human rights and peace NGOs in more than 20 conflict areas on a range of humanitarian disarmament issues. Ms. Struyk can speak about civil society expectations of the Netherlands on fully autonomous weapons and of European nations more generally.
Ms. Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to erdicate landmines through the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which shared the Peace Prize. In 2006, Jody established the Nobel Women’s Initiative together with five of her sister Nobel Peace laureates. In March 2013, the University of California Press published her memoir entitled My Name is Jody Williams. Longer biography.
Mr. Goose is executive director of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch and chair of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and the Cluster Munition Coalition. Goose and Human Rights Watch were instrumental in bringing about the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, the 1995 CCW protocol banning blinding lasers, and the 2003 protocol on explosive remnants of war. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch in 1993, Mr. Goose worked as a staff member of the House Appropriations Committee and as a researcher for the Center for Defense Information. Longer biography.
Ms. Acheson is director of the Reaching Critical Will project of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), a co-founder of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. She was centrally involved in efforts to bring about the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Ms. Abdul-Rahim is a Research/Advisor, in the Arms Control, Security Trade & Human Rights / and Artificial Intelligence & Human Rights teams at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London, where she works on various arms control issues, including fully autonomous weapons systems. Ms. Abdul-Rahim was centrally involved in the effort to secure the 2013 Arms Trade Treaty.
Ms. Docherty is senior researcher in the Arms Division at Human Rights Watch and is also Associate Director of Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection and a Lecturer on Law at the International Human Rights Clinic of Harvard Law School. Docherty’s report Losing Humanity outlines how fully autonomous weapons could violate the laws of war and undermine fundamental protections for civilians. See also: http://bit.ly/103PV4t
Mr. Hannon the executive director of Mines Action Canada (MAC) and has 15 years of collective experience in the Canadian development sector. Hannon can speak about civil society expectations of Canadian policy, practice, and diplomacy on fully autonomous weapons.
Mr. Camilo Serna, Seguridad Humana en América Latina y el Caribe,
Mr. Camilo Serna Villegas is a co-founder of the Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas (CCCM), the Colombian wing of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), and serves as its operations coordinator. CCCM is a member of the regional NGO network Seguridad Humana en Latinoamerica y el Caribe (SEHLAC), a member of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots leadership since April 2016. He speaks Spanish and English.
Mr. Thomas Küchenmeister, Facing Finance,
Mr. Küchenmeister is Managing Director of the Berlin-based Facing Finance, a nonprofit organization that encourages investors to withdraw financial support from companies involved in human rights abuses, environmental pollution, corruption, and/or production of controversial weapons. He can speak about civil society expectations of Germany’s policy, practice, and diplomacy on fully autonomous weapons. He speaks German and English.
Mr. Vignarca is coordinator of the Italian Network on Disarmament, a national network of more than two dozen non-governmental organizations working to advance humanitarian disarmament. Vignarca and his colleague Giuseppe Schiavello can speak about civil society expectations of Italy’s policy, practice, and diplomacy on fully autonomous weapons.
Ms. Yukie Osa, Association for Aid and Relief, Japan
Ms. Yukie Osa is the president of Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan), one of the country’s largest non-governmental organizations involved in the delivery of humanitarian aid and disaster relief. She joined AAR Japan as a volunteer in 1990 and became a full-time staff member the following year. She has been a professor at Rikkyo University Graduate School of Social Design Studies since 2009.
Ms. Edwina Hughes, Peace Movement Aotearoa
Mr. Raza Shah Khan, SPADO
Mr. Khan is executive director of Sustainable Peace & Development Organization (SPADO), a Pakistani sustainable development organization. He is the South Asia representative of International Peace Bureau and has conducted research on small arms, landmines, and explosive remnants of war. Languages: Urdu, Pashto
Ms. Sofia Tuvestad is advocacy officer with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – Sweden, a NGO working to advance peace and disarmament in Sweden and internationally. She can speak about civil society expectations of Sweden on fully autonomous weapons.
Ms. Laura Boillot, Article 36
Ms. Boillot is programme manager at Article 36 and coordinator of the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW). She was previously director of the Cluster Munition Coalition. Ms. Boillot can speak about civil society expectations of UK policy, practice, and diplomacy on fully autonomous weapons.