International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons (iPRAW)

The project »International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons« (iPRAW) follows two overarching questions: How can one define lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS)? What are the options for a regulation of this technology? The assessment focuses on the negotiations within the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, which the panel independently accompanies.

In seven meetings over the course of two years, the interdisciplinary group of scientist will discuss the following subjects: IHL and other fields of law; the state of technology and military operations; computational systems within the scope of LAWS; the concepts of autonomy and human control; ethics, norms, and public perception; risks and opportunities of LAWS.

Subsequent to each meeting the group will publish »Focus on«-Reports on the respective topics, underpinned by technology updates and two living documents on the definitions and options for regulation of LAWS. The project will conclude with final recommendations to the high contracting parties of the CCW.

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Duration: January 2017 – December 2018

Head of project: Marcel Dickow
Researcher: Anja Dahlmann
Project assistant: Lena Strauß

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Partner: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, USA

Financial support: German Federal Foreign Office

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