Addressing the Threat of Autonomous Weapons
This paper argues for a legally-binding instrument on lethal autonomous weapons systems, such as an additional protocol to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. There is a need both for a legally-binding prohibition of certain autonomous weapons and for strong positive obligations to ensure meaningful human control of the use of force rooted in International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law.
The Alliance for Multilateralism has endorsed voluntary Guiding Principles on LAWS. Its Member States should now lead the Principles’ upgrade towards more robust international agreements.
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The Guiding Principles...are not a ceiling, but a stepping stone towards a more legally binding agreement that ensures binding human control, has meaningful positive obligations, and respects international humanitarian law and international human rights law.