November 29, 2020

European positions on lethal autonomous weapon systems Update 2019

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European states are active contributors to the discussions on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) at the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) meetings. In the past years we have seen some convergence in their views. All European states agree there is a ‘red line’ beyond which increasing autonomy in weapons systems is no longer acceptable.

There seems to be agreement that human control is the central element in the debate, and that there is a need to make explicit the necessary level and form of human control for LAWS to comply with legal and ethical norms. The majority of European states agrees there is an urgent need to work towards concrete policy outcomes to address the issue of LAWS.

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