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.

Podcast partners: Asymmetrical Haircuts

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.

Paola and Abhimanyu interview Maaike Verbruggen, Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for European Studies.

Background readings: ‘Mapping the Development of Autonomy in Weapon Systems’ (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, 2017).

Paola and Abhimanyu interview Dr. Tim McFarland, Research Fellow at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland.

Background readings: Autonomous Weapon Systems and the Law of Armed Conflict: Compatibility With International Humanitarian Law chs 3-4 (CUP, 2020).

Paola and Alessandra interview Professor Marco Sassòli, Professor of International Law at the University of Geneva.

Background readings: International Humanitarian Law: Rules, Controversies, and Solutions to Problems Arising in Warfare 517-25 (Elgar 2019).

Paola and Marta interview Dr. Ozlem Ulgen, Reader in International Law and Ethics at the Birmingham City School of Law.

Background readings: The Law and Ethics of Autonomous Weapons: A Cosmopolitan Perspective (Routledge forthcoming 2021); ‘Kantian Ethics in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics’, 43 Questions in International Law 59 (2017).

Paola and Marta interview Dustin Lewis, Research Director of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict.

Background readings: ‘Preconditions’, in Rain Liivoja and Ann Väljataga (eds), Autonomous Cyber Capabilities under International Law 106-25 (NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence 2021); ‘On “Responsible A.I.” in War: Exploring Preconditions for Respecting International Law in Armed Conflict’, in Silja Vöneky et al (eds), The Cambridge Handbook of Responsible Artificial Intelligence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (CUP forthcoming 2021).

Paola and Alessandra interview Dr. Andrea Spagnolo, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Law, University of Turin.

Background readings: ‘What Do Human Rights Really Say About the Use of Autonomous Weapons Systems for Law Enforcement Purposes?’, in Elena Carpanelli and Nicole Lazzerini (eds), Use and Misuse of New Technologies: Contemporary Challenges in International and European Law 55-72 (Springer 2019).

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