Workshop: Meaningful Human Control and Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

Tasneem Jamal News

When: 8:30am- 4:00pm  April 5, 2016

Where: ROOM 1-23
67 ERB STREET WEST, WATERLOO, ON

Cost: Free

Lethal autonomous weapons systems, sometimes called killer robots, have been getting a lot of international attention lately. Indeed, the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, held from January 20-23, had a session on them. The WEF also raised the topic of killer robots at its 2015 meeting.

Last November member countries agreed to hold expert meetings on lethal autonomous weapons at the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva this April 11-15; these meetings will be the third set in as many years.

In anticipation of the Geneva meetings, this workshop will focus on the emerging debates on meaningful human control and lethal autonomous weapons systems. It will bring together academics and industry civil society, and government representatives. A key goal of the workshop is to examine Canada’s role and position on emerging technologies and their weaponization.

Themes that will be discussed include:

  • Degrees of autonomy and governance
  • Dual-use technology
  • Meaningful human control
  • Legal requirements and laws of armed conflict
  • Defence sector perspectives.

This event is co-hosted by Project Ploughshares and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, with support from the Defence Engagement Program.

A light breakfast and lunch will be served.

To register or for more information please contact Branka Marijan.

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