States’ ability to move forward on the issue of lethal autonomous weapons will depend on not only finding consensus on key concepts but also having the will to find concrete outcomes.Read more "THE UN’S MEETINGS ON AUTONOMOUS WEAPONS: BITING THE BULLET, OR LOST IN ABSTRACTION?"
Later this month, governments will meet in Geneva to discuss lethal autonomous weapons systems. Previous talks – and growing pressure from civil society – have not yet galvanised governments into action. Meanwhile the development of these so-called “killer robots” is already being considered in military roadmaps. Their prohibition is therefore an increasingly urgent task.Read more "LOSING CONTROL OVER THE USE OF FORCE"
The centenary of the First World War also marks the anniversary of the practice of recording and naming casualties of war. But a century on, new forms of ‘shadow warfare’ limit the ability to record casualties of conflict and thus threaten to allow states a free hand to employ dangerous new tactics without threat of individual or international accountability.Read more "FROM THE GREAT WAR TO DRONE WARS: THE IMPERATIVE TO RECORD CASUALTIES"