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Autonomous Weapons Systems
Law, Ethics, Policy

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Christof Heyns, Noel Sharkey, Giovanni Sartor, Andrea Omicini, Lucy Suchman, Jutta Weber, Dieter Birnbacher, Guglielmo Tamburrini, Pablo Kalmanovitz, Sarah Knuckey, Dan Saxon, Geoffrey S. Corn, Eliav Lieblich, Eyal Benvenisti, Nehal Bhuta, Stavros-Evdokimos Pantazopoulos, Neha Jain, Hin-Yan Liu, Susanne Beck, Robin Geiß
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  • Date Published: August 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316607657

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  • The intense and polemical debate over the legality and morality of weapons systems to which human cognitive functions are delegated (up to and including the capacity to select targets and release weapons without further human intervention) addresses a phenomena which does not yet exist but which is widely claimed to be emergent. This groundbreaking collection 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. The contributors develop insights with direct policy relevance, including who bears responsibility for autonomous weapons systems, whether they would violate fundamental ethical and legal norms, and how to regulate their development. It is essential reading for those concerned about this emerging phenomenon and its consequences for the future of humanity.

    • The first interdisciplinary volume devoted to the issues raised by autonomous weapons systems
    • Scholarly contributions from relevant disciplines adopt a coherent set of questions and themes
    • Provides a concise account of the state of the art and the debate, and identifies future directions of research
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    • Date Published: August 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316607657
    • length: 420 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Autonomous weapons systems: living a dignified life and dying a dignified death Christof Heyns
    Part II. Meanings of Autonomy and Human Cognition under Automation:
    2. Staying in the loop: human supervisory control of weapons Noel Sharkey
    3. The autonomy of technological systems and responsibilities for their use Giovanni Sartor and Andrea Omicini
    4. Human-machine autonomies Lucy Suchman and Jutta Weber
    Part III. Autonomous Weapons Systems and Human Dignity:
    5. Are autonomous weapon systems a threat to human dignity? Dieter Birnbacher
    6. On banning autonomous weapons systems: from deontological to wide consequentialist reasons Guglielmo Tamburrini
    Part IV. Risk, Transparency and Legal Compliance in the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons Systems:
    7. Judgment, liability, and the risk of riskless warfare Pablo Kalmanovitz
    8. Autonomous weapons systems and transparency: towards an international dialogue Sarah Knuckey
    9. A human touch: autonomous weapons, DOD Directive 3000.09 and the interpretation of 'appropriate levels of human judgment over the use of force' Dan Saxon
    10. Autonomous weapons systems: managing the inevitability of 'taking the man out of the loop' Geoffrey S. Corn
    Part V. New Frameworks for Collective Responsibility:
    11. The obligation to exercise discretion in warfare: why autonomous weapon systems are unlawful Eliav Lieblich and Eyal Benvenisti
    12. Autonomy and uncertainty: increasingly autonomous weapons systems and the international legal regulation of risk Nehal Bhuta and Stavros-Evdokimos Pantazopoulos
    Part VI. New Frameworks for Individual Responsibility:
    13. Autonomous weapons systems: new frameworks for individual responsibility Neha Jain
    14. Refining responsibility: differentiating two types of responsibility issues raised by autonomous weapons systems Hin-Yan Liu
    15. Present futures: concluding reflections and open questions on autonomous weapons systems Nehal Bhuta, Susanne Beck and Robin Geiß.

  • Editors

    Nehal Bhuta, European University Institute, Florence
    Nehal Bhuta is Professor of Public International Law at the European University Institute, Florence, and Co-Director of the EUI's Academy of European Law.

    Susanne Beck, Universität Hannover, Germany
    Susanne Beck is Professor of Criminal Law and Procedure, Comparative Criminal Law and the Philosophy of Law at Leibniz University Hanover.

    Robin Geiβ, University of Glasgow
    Robin Geiß is Professor of International Law and Security at the University of Glasgow.

    Hin-Yan Liu, European University Institute, Florence
    Hin-Yan Liu is Associate Professor at the Centre for International Law, Conflict and Crisis, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen.

    Claus Kreβ, Universität zu Köln
    Claus Kreß is Professor of Criminal Law and Public International Law at the University of Cologne, where he is also Director of the Institute of International Peace and Security Law.


    Christof Heyns, Noel Sharkey, Giovanni Sartor, Andrea Omicini, Lucy Suchman, Jutta Weber, Dieter Birnbacher, Guglielmo Tamburrini, Pablo Kalmanovitz, Sarah Knuckey, Dan Saxon, Geoffrey S. Corn, Eliav Lieblich, Eyal Benvenisti, Nehal Bhuta, Stavros-Evdokimos Pantazopoulos, Neha Jain, Hin-Yan Liu, Susanne Beck, Robin Geiß

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