Cambridge University Press
Over the last four years, an intense and polemical debate has unfolded about the legality and morality of autonomous weapon systems (AWS), reaching the agenda of the States Parties to Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.
Should such weapons be banned at the outset or is it possible to manage and regulate their development to ensure compliance with international humanitarian and human rights law? How to do so? Who bears responsibility for their use?
This event, co-organized with the Département de droit international public et organisation internationale of the University of Geneva Law Faculty, will discuss these questions in light of a new edited collection published by Cambridge University Press in 2016 Autonomous Weapons Systems: Law, Ethics, Policy. The volume combines contributions from roboticists, legal scholars, philosophers and sociologists of science in order to recast the debate in a manner that clarifies key areas and articulates questions for future research. Panelists will address some of the arguments raised in this book.
Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Professor of Law, University of Geneva
Nehal Bhuta, Professor of Public International Law and the European University Institute, Co-Editor of Autonomous Weapons: Law, Ethics, Policy
Marco Sassoli, Professor of International Law at the University of Geneva and at the Geneva Academy
Kerstin Vignard, Deputy to the Director and Chief of Operations, UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)
Olivier Chamard/Geneva Academy
Professor Sassòli was in charge of the IHL part of the report that was presented on 13 April by the three experts to the OSCE Permanent Council.
Mona Koehler-Schindler works at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and follows the programme online.
Alexander Jawfox, Unsplash
This IHL Talk aims at clarifying the relevant frameworks of responsibility for the crimes committed by the Wagner troops.
This event marks the launch of our LLM alumna Jelena Plamenac’s award-winning book ‘Unravelling Unlawful Confinement in Contemporary Armed Conflicts’ published by Brill.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, provides an overview of the evolution of the rules governing the use of force in international law, focusing on military intervention on humanitarian grounds and the creation of the United Nations collective security system. It then addresses the concept of the responsibility to protect.
This project aims at compiling and analysing the practice and interpretation of selected international humanitarian law and human rights norms by armed non-state actors (ANSAs). It has a pragmatic double objective: first, to offer a comparative analysis of IHL and human rights norms from the perspective of ANSAs, and second, to inform strategies of humanitarian engagement with ANSAs, in particular the content of a possible ‘Model Code of Conduct’.
Dave Klassen/The EITI
This project aims to further identify and clarify policies and practices for States and business, including public and private investors, across the full ‘conflict cycle’ and the ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ pillars of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.