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Lethal Autonomous Weapons: Re-Examining the Law and Ethics of Robotic Warfare

Jai Galliott, Duncan MacIntosh, and Jens David Ohlin


The question of whether new rules or regulations are required to govern, restrict, or even prohibit the use of autonomous weapons systems has been the subject of debate for the better part of a decade. Despite the claims of advocacy groups, the way ahead remains unclear since the international community has yet to agree on a specific definition of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, and the great powers have largely refused to support an effective ban. In this vacuum, the public has been presented with a heavily one-sided view of “Killer Robots.” This volume presents a more nuanced approach to ... More

Keywords: lethal AWS, military ethics, international humanitarian law, artificial intelligence, killer robots, normative control regime, arms control, military innovation

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Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197546048
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197546048.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jai Galliott, editor
Senior Lecturer and Research Leader, Values in Defense & Security Technology Group, Australian Defence Force Academy

Duncan MacIntosh, editor
Professor of Philosophy, Dalhousie University

Jens David Ohlin, editor
Vice Dean, Professor of Law, Cornell Law School

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Jai Galliott, Duncan MacIntosh, and Jens David Ohlin

Part I The Case for Lethal Autonomous Weapons

2 The Robot Dogs of War

Deane-Peter Baker

9 Empirical Data on Attitudes Toward Autonomous Systems

Jai Galliott, Bianca Baggiarini, and Sean Rupka

Part II The Rationality of Automaticity

Part III Developing Meaningful Human Control

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