November 10, 2014

Autonomous Weapon Systems at the United Nations

By Kelley Sayler, Michael Horowitz and Paul Scharre

This week, delegates to the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) will discuss the CCW’s agenda for spring 2015. One topic of consideration will be whether to hold further discussions on lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS),  emerging technologies that raise significant legal, policy, moral and ethical issues. Michael Horowitz, Paul Scharre and Kelley Sayler examine the issues facing delegates in this policy brief, along with recommendations for action.

Authors

  • Kelley Sayler

    Former Fellow, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program

    Kelley Sayler is a former Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where she worked with the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program and the Future of Warfa...

  • Michael Horowitz

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Michael C. Horowitz is Richard Perry Professor and the Director of Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a...

  • Paul Scharre

    Vice President and Director of Studies

    Paul Scharre is the Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security. He is the award-winning author of Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and th...

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