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Examining Autonomous Weapon Systems from a Law of Armed Conflict Perspective

This is a working draft chapter for the publication New Technologies and the Law of Armed Conflict.

This chapter explores the legal implications of autonomous weapon systems and the potential challenges such systems might present to the laws governing weaponry and the conduct of hostilities. Autonomous weapon systems are weapons that are capable of selecting and engaging a target without further human operator involvement.

The original article can be found here.

Maj. Jeffrey S. Thurnher, U.S. Naval War College

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