Artificial intelligence on the battlefield, war crimes, accountability

Lethal Autonomous Weapons

10 Things We Want to Know

Over the course of ten episodes, the members of the research team will interview experts in various disciplines (science, law, ethics, etc.) who have studied and written about lethal autonomous weapon systems or LAWS. This podcast offers a multidisciplinary introduction to the challenges and problems raised by LAWS (or LAWS 1.0) for listeners with an academic interest in this topic.

Listen to ‘Lethal Autonomous Weapons: 10 Things We Want to Know’ on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Simplecast or Spotify.

Podcast partners: Asymmetrical Haircuts

  • Episode 0: Who are We | 21 July 2021

The Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems & War Crimes project team appear on a special episode of Janet Anderson and Stephanie van den Berg’s podcast Asymmetrical Haircuts, to discuss and introduce our new podcast – Lethal Autonomous Weapons: 10 Things We Want to Know.

  • Episode 1: What are Lethal Autonomous Weapons | 4 August 2021

Paola and Abhimanyu interview Maaike Verbruggen, Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for European Studies. Maaike is an expert on military innovation, emerging military technologies and artificial intelligence. In this introductory episode, she explains what lethal autonomous weapons are, what kind of autonomous weapons already exist, and what kind might be developed in the future, as well as how they are currently regulated.

Maaike Verbruggen is the author of ‘Mapping the Development of Autonomy in Weapon Systems’ (with Vincent Boulanin) (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, 2017).

  • Episode 2: What is Autonomy in Lethal Autonomous Weapons | 18 August 2021

Paola and Abhimanyu interview Dr. Tim McFarland, Research Fellow at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland. Tim McFarland’s research focuses on legal challenges connected with the defence and security applications of science and technology. In this episode, he explains what it means for a weapon system to be autonomous.

Tim McFarland is the author of Autonomous Weapon Systems and the Law of Armed Conflict: Compatibility With International Humanitarian Law (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

  • Episode 3: Are Lethal Autonomous Weapons Compatible With the Law of War | 1 September 2021

Paola and Alessandra interview Professor Marco Sassòli, Professor of International Law at the University of Geneva and a renowned expert on international humanitarian law. In this episode, he discusses the rules of international humanitarian law that constrain the development of autonomous weapons and their use on the battlefield. 

Marco Sassòli is the author of International Humanitarian Law: Rules, Controversies, and Solutions to Problems Arising in Warfare (Elgar 2019) and ‘Autonomous Weapons and International Humanitarian Law: Advantages, Open Technical Questions and Legal Issues to be Clarified’, 90 International Law Studies 308 (2014).

  • Episode 4: Are Lethal Autonomous Weapons Ethical | Dr. Ozlem Ulgen | 15 September 2021
  • Episode 5: Can Lethal Autonomous Weapons Used by Police Respect Human Rights | Dr. Andrea Spagnolo | 29 September 2021
  • Episode 6: Who is Responsible for Lethal Autonomous Weapons | Dustin Lewis | 13 October 2021
  • Details for further episodes will be uploaded soon
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